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  Product:     Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case  
  Price:     $235 (CAN) / $179 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Cooler Master
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     January 28th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ashley from Cooler Master for providing the Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case for review.

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Introduction:

A few years ago, the Cooler Master ATC (Active Thermal Convection System) product line burst onto the scene and garnered a strong reputation for some of the best consumer cases on the market. The cases ranged from desktop, mid-tower, server tower and 4U cases constructed of high quality aluminum with excellent craftsmanship and aesthetically pleasing design. It is not surprising with great success that Cooler Master would re-design its product line with newer revisions to meet both mid and high-end demands of the consumer market. Recently, Cooler Master has released a series of mid-tower cases, which incorporate pre-modified options for those individuals that lack the skill or tools to modify their own cases. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case, a mid-tower case that combines great aesthetic design and functionality.

Specifications:

The Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case is one of two available models available from the Cooler Master website. Consumers have the option of selecting the TAC-T01-BK which is the black version or TAC-T01-E1C which is the silver based version. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Cooler Master website:

Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case - Key Specifications:
Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case: Manufactured by Cooler Master
Case Dimensions: 540mm (L) x 198mm (W) x 458mm (H)
Weight: 7.8 kg (17.2 lb)
Drive Bays: 9 (4 x external 5.25", 1 x external 3.5", 4 x internal 3.5")
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: All Aluminum Alloy
Form Factors: Standard ATX Motherboard
Fans: 3 (2 x 80mm (front intake) and 1 x 80 mm (rear exhaust)
PSU: N/A
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
Special Features: Slide out motherboard tray, chrome thumbscrews, top mounted USB 2.0 x 2; MIC x 1; Earphone jack x 1; III E 1394 x 1
 
Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case
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Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case
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The Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case was shipped in a colourful standard double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The packaging inside the box was excellent with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the left and right hand sides.

Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case
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Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case
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Out of the box, the Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case is absolutely stunning in appearance and design. The internal and external panels have been constructed using brushed high ventilation Aluminum-Mg Alloy. The TAC-T01-BK shares similar characteristics of previous Cooler Master designs with an emphasis on functionality and dazzling aesthetics. The front bezel is very stylish with a great futuristic wave design that is replicated from the top portion of the bezel to the bottom. The case measures approximately 540mm (L) x 198mm (W) x 458mm (H) and is slightly heavy at 17.2 lbs. The Wave Master TAC-T01-BK Aluminum Case supports all standard ATX motherboards and does not ship with an included PSU.
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