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Thermaltake Xaser III Skull Case  (VM3000A)

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Supplied by: Thermaltake Technology
Street Price: $115

By Graham Vinson (11/24/2003)



More from Thermaltake in the Xaser III VM series, we bring you the screwless wonder dubbed the Skull.  Adding to their popular Xaser line of cases, it seems that Tt is trying to make a good thing better.  After personally owning a Blue Xaser III for a period of time, I know how big and bulky their full-size case can be.  The LANfire was a great addition to the gaming market, as it is small, light and transport friendly.  The Skull on the other hand is the LANfire's DARK distant cousin, weighing more than twice as much but having a few more bells and whistles.

Many thanks goes out to Thermaltake for their contribution to this, my first OCC review.  In depth and in context, I'll pick this thing apart screw by screwless screw to find all the many reasons we should or should not own one of these bad boys.  Lets start with the specs.


  • Dimensions: 535 (H) x 192 (W) x 430mm (D)

  • Weight:  10.8kg

  • Construction: Aluminum and ABS Plastic

  • Drive Bays:  (6) exposed 5.25”, (2) exposed 3.5”, (3) hidden 3.5” **One 5.25" bay taken up with rheobus.**

  • Expansion slots:  (7)

  • M/B Type:  Standard and Micro ATX mainboard

  • Power Supply:  Not included

  • Front mounted Firewire, USB 2.0 (x2)

  • Cooling: (4) 80mm

  • Window: EMI shielded honeycomb

  • Two channel fan controller with LCD display for temperature, fan speed and alarm functions.

  • Skull Series EL lamp with three-way function inverter by Thermaltake



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