As far as design goes, the MT-200 doesn't differ from the Thermaltake VM3000 much besides its external look. It has the same screw-less design and tool-less features and varies only visually. The front bezel door, which comes in either an off-white or a rust color like the one in this review, is simple, yet also creates a bold look for the façade.

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At slightly higher than mid-height, the door features a vertically sliding, tinted plastic window that conceals the audio, USB, and Firewire (optional) ports while the main door is closed. This is extremely useful when working in tight spaces as this case is already a large one. This design keeps these auxiliary ports hidden when not in use and also lets the large door remain shut when devices are plugged in.

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The bottom half of the door features vents to allow airflow with optional fans mounted to the inside. Directly to the right of the first vent are the Power and HDD LEDs.

Upon opening the door, we immediately noticed the replica front bezel found also on the VM3000. There are six 5-1/4" bay openings: 3 at the top, and 3 at the bottom. As we stated in the VM3000 review, although the six 5-1/4" drive bays may seem like too much, the design allows an optional 120mm fan to be mounted, increasing air flow. At about mid-height, there are two 3-1/2" drive bays, one already occupied by the auxiliary audio and USB ports. This module can be removed and replaced with an extra floppy drive, but the top opening should be more than enough for that type of application.

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The power and reset buttons are to the right of the 3-1/2" drive bays. Though the reset button may seem small, it is easy to push using the tip of the index finger. Both buttons are flush to prevent accidental touches.

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  • appu - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - link

    "Since the MT-200 did not come with any case fans, we decided it would be best to install third party fans to simulate a typical system. We installed four 80mm fans, just as many as the Thermaltake VM3000 Skull series had. Though an optional 120mm fan can be mounted at the front of the chassis as an intake, we thought it would be best to test the case in the same state that the VM3000 was tested, since they are basically the same chassis."

    While the reasoning above was fine as far as
    bechmarking is concerned (where variables have to
    be kept to a minimum), it would've been great to
    look at temp. and noise figures with that 120 mm
    fan also plonked in. After all, one also has to
    test the strengths of individual systems and not
    just their performance across a level playing
    field. It's a bit like testing a CPU's overclocked
    performance after getting stock speed readings.

    My two cents.
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, April 24, 2004 - link

    Yeah its just some titanium alloy over the skin of the unit. i think it looks nice, but you have to see it up closee i suppose.

  • Zepper - Saturday, April 24, 2004 - link

    I doubt there is any real titanium in that case - just a relatively close color match. The basic chassis is sold under many names including: Athenatech, A-GPB, Enermax (the few of their Ti finish units I can find are going for ~$100 each), Key Power, Bow Technology and now Opus. Even Fry's/Outpost sells a custom version - one of the best looking of the bunch, IMO. And you really can't beat the internal design.
    . I particularly like the version with 4 5" bays at the top and another 3 5" bays in the bottom. You can install two 5-drive, hot-swap cages in there with room left for 1 optical and 2 more stand-alone HDs. Not to mention plenty of room for the largest ATX mobos. Helluva cheap server box!
  • AtaStrumf - Saturday, April 24, 2004 - link

    Looks like someone beat this thing with the ugly stick. Reply
  • roostercrows - Saturday, April 24, 2004 - link

    "titanium is softer than steel"."it also can't be polished"
    what unknown alloy of steel compared to what micron thin titanium coating on what unknown alloy of steel? all steels are alloys. using what test? Knoop Microhardness, Vickers Microhardness, Rockwell C Hardness, Rockwell 15N, 30N or 45N Superficial Hardness? it's important to know what you are comparing before you opine and even then it's tricky. mild steel is 20-25 HRc, tool steel is 44-57, chrome is 65-68, carbide is 72-81 and titanium nitride is 84-88, diamond is about 98. in theory and just for fun let's compare the edge of a "kill bill" samouri sword at about 58-60 Rockwell "C" (some chinese sword have 62-64) to a TIN (titanium nitride)sword. Uma would be dead and we don't want that. no "kill bill" three?
    also, it's easy to put a very high polish on even annealed pure titanium with a Rockwell "C" of 11. i would love to find a case made completely of titanium alloy and aluminum alloy, just to have one as i use water cooling and i don't need the case to radiate much heat. plating or polishing makes less heat get radiated away, like chrome plating the fins of an air cooled motorcycle. it makes it run hotter not cooler.

    i also like the 3.5" I/O module
  • Operandi - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    true, using Ti dosn't make much sense, unless it really looks that much differant then steel or Al.

    Other then that it looks like a pretty sweet case.
  • Odeen - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    Guys... Titanium is NOT a good material to be anywhere on a computer enclosure. While it IS far more rust-proof (A coat of oxide forms on titanium as soon as it is exposed to air, and stays there to prevent further corrosion) than steel, titanium fails as a computer enclosure.

    Titanium is softer than steel - it scratches far more easily. It also can't be polished. What's worse, titanium does not transfer heat as "readily" as steel. While this is a great trait for a watch (a titanium watch doesn't feel as cold against your wrist as a steel watch when you first put it on), you WANT the case to radiate as much heat as possible. Hence, aluminum cases do a little better than steel, and acrylic cases suck for thermal management.

    Still, neato case. I like the 3.5" front I/O module, I could use one for another black case I might have :)
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    Dont worry, the next one is worth the wait... Reply
  • nastyemu25 - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    what's up with the ass-ugly case trend Reply
  • araczynski - Friday, April 23, 2004 - link

    when i saw the innards, my mind visualized "packard bell" <shudder> Reply

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