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Thermaltake Xaser V: Damier Series Case 

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Supplied by: Thermaltake Technology
Price: ~$180.00  (updated 1/29/2004)

by Brian Tiller (1/24/2004)


Thermaltake has been making aftermarket PC equipment for longer than I can remember. From their frosty coolers to their towering cases, the one thing that all their products have in common has been quality. We've reviewed pretty much their full line of cases here at the 'Cafe and today we've got an opportunity to crawl inside the newest case in the Xaser line, the Xaser V: Damier Series.

And not only is this a first look at this case for us, but it's also a first go around with a Thermaltake case for yours truly. The first thing that struck me about this case was the front and the look it conveyed to me. The checkerboard design on the classic Xaser series front 'X' reminded me of an old 50's style diner.


Guess what? Not only did they include the case in the box (always a good thing:), but inside was what they call their VIP package. This included a great set of instructions, mouse pad, a sheet of stickers and a CD containing wall paper and screen savers. While I doubt that I will personally use the stickers, the mouse pad is very nice. It's not just cheesy .99 cent jobber, but a really nice optical pad. Talk about feature rich, and we haven't even reviewed the specifications for this case yet. 


  • Construction: Aluminum Baby!

  • Observed weight: 18lbs.

  • Dimensions: (D)580.5mm x (H)492mm x (W)206mm

  • Optional windowed side panel

  • Optional Silent PurePower Supply

  • (5) 5.25" External drive bays

  • (2) 3.5" External drive bays

  • (3) 3.5" Internal drive bays

  • (2) USB 2.0, (1) Firewire, (2)Audio ports

  • Thermaltake Hardcano unit included

  • Tool free drive bay assembly

  • (5) Included fans

  • Smartfan speed control knobs

  • Included fan filters

  • Thermaltake EL Lamp

  • Locking front door

  • Lockable side panel

  • Tool free expansion card slots

  • Three colors: Silver, Black and Blue

As you can tell, we've got a lot of things to go over here and there's no better place to start than the front of the case.



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