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  Product:     Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower Case  
  Price:     $210 (CAN) / $152 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Kool Cases
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     July 27th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ed from Kool Cases for sending the Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower Case for review.

Introduction:

Thermaltake has a long-standing reputation for providing a wide array of products designed for the computer enthusiast market. The company gained popularity as a manufacturer of heatsinks, CPU coolers, DC Fans and thermal based products. In recent years, Thermaltake has shifted its focus by developing new products designed specifically for enhancing of the appearance of a standard case. To break into the crowded case manufacturing market, the company developed its own flagship case dubbed the "Xaser" which was released late last year. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating Thermaltake's latest release and revision of their flagship case, the Xaser III V1000D Super Tower.

Specifications:

The Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower is an all-inclusive pre-modified tower case which includes an abundance of features equipped with an illuminated front bezel. Consumers have the option of selecting from three different colour formats which include Silver, Black and Blue. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Kool Cases and Thermaltake websites:

Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower - Key Specifications:
Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower: Manufactured by Thermaltake
Dimenions: 20.9" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 20.5" (D)
Drive Bays: 12 (4 x 5.25" external, 2 x 3.5" external, 6 x 3.5" internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: 1.0mm SECCor Steel
Form Factors: ATX, Extended ATX, Pentium IV or AMD
Fans: 7 (2 x 80 mm front, 2 x 80mm intake, 1 x 80mm top, 2 x 80mm rear)
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
Special Features: Side Panel Window, stealthed USB2.0 ports, A/V, IEEE 1394 (Optional)
 
Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower
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Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower
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The Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower arrived in good condition and was shipped in cardboard packaging via UPS Ground. The package was slightly heavy weighting in at 50 lbs and had several distinct manufacturer makings including the case model number and a list of features. Upon opening up the packaging, the case is sealed with protective plastic and secured by two pieces of polystyrene on the left and right hand sides.

Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower
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Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Thermaltake Xaser III V1000D Super Tower after removing the packaging were very positive. The design of the Xaser III is aesthetically pleasing accented with three subtle colours (blue, silver and black) that have been highlighted in specific areas. Most case modders center their projects on having a theme and colour match their components accordingly to make the design flow. Thermaltake has done a good job with the Xaser III V1000D by using the right amount of colours to make the case look very appealing. The Xaser III V1000D measures approximately 20.9" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 20.5" (D) and supports all Micro ATX, Full ATX and Extended ATX motherboards. The entire exterior is blue coloured with the main focus on the anodized aluminum front bezel. The front bezel is very stylish with a great futuristic type look that is replicated from the top portion of the bezel to the bottom. Consumers have the option of ordering this case in standard form or with a pre-modified window in place on the side panel. The case does not ship with a PSU but can be purchased as an add-on option separately. Also included in the package is a comprehensive 22-page manual, which includes useful information on Xaser's mechanical operation, motherboard installation, Hardcano 9 function, and power supply operation.
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