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Thermaltake Tenor VB2000
By: Remco Degooyer
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    2006-10-10

    Table of Contents:
  • Thermaltake Tenor VB2000
  • Design Appreciation
  • Ports of Call
  • Going Inside
  • Drawbacks and Conclusion

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    Thermaltake Tenor VB2000 - Going Inside


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    The interior of the case is exceptionally well-designed. It sports two solid swing arms: one attached to the internal drive cage and another located just above and across where the CPU would be positioned.


    The swing arm located above the CPU has an opening that lines up with the perforated hexagon on the top of the case to allow the processor fan to draw air directly from the outside of the case to cool it. The swing arm, otherwise, is a solid piece of steel and provides the case with additional reinforcement to support the weight of a monitor, even a CRT monitor, placed on top of it without buckling. This is an excellent design feature that provides both excellent function and form to the case but, at the same time, detracts from the presence of the ventilation hole in the top panel and the hole drilled through this brace.

    The swing arm attached to the drive cage, however, is without fault. With the removal of one screw the swing arm will rotate up and out of the chassis, taking the hard drive cage with it. This is a much better method of dealing with properly mounting the hard drive to the chassis than is often found in desktop cases. It gives you the ability to remove the drive cage without having to be careful of dropping the cage as you attempt to carefully line up the grooves of the 3.5 inch drive cage with the hard drive cage. This is a wonderful feature and certainly deserves to be recognized for its integration into this case.

    A feature of this case that should be noted for worthwhile examination isn't even in the case itself: it's the manual. The Thermaltake manual included with the Tenor case is well designed with very clear pictures and diagrams. The English in the manual is not necessarily the best, and on occasion the wrong words are used to describe various actions, but overall it is a well done guide to complement a well designed case. The manual is not short, either; it tops out at a decent fifteen pages that describe in detail the various front panel connectors with large diagrams and detailed technical drawings of the connectors.

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