|by lemonlime | March 4, 2009|
Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package Case Review
Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package Full Tower Case Review
Manufactures Product Page: Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package
Product ID: VI90001W2Z
TechWiki Info: Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package - TechWiki
Warranty: 3 Years
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Thermaltake is a very familiar name in the PC hardware industry and not only for PC enthusiasts. Just about anyone who has walked into a computer shop in the last decade has undoubtedly seen some of Thermaltake’s products on the shelves. Founded back in 1999 - long before the Pentium 4 even hit the market – Thermaltake’s mission was to provide consumers with better alternatives to many of the “beige box” and OEM accessories that were available at the time. A lot has changed over the last ten years, and Thermaltake has developed into a very large and successful company offering a diverse range of products. Although probably best known for cases and heatsinks, they have moved on into other areas such as power supplies, storage accessories and even server components. Thermaltake is also one of the few PC accessory makers that has gone public and is listed on the stock market.
Today, we’re going to be taking a look at one of Thermaltake’s newest cases—the Spedo. Now, before you start chuckling, we want to be clear that it is “Spedo” and not “Speedo”, which will definitely throw off your friends if you tell them to “Check out my new Speedo!”. All kidding aside, the Spedo is a very interesting enthusiast grade case that caught our interest here at the HWC labs. We’ve had some very impressive cases passing through over the last several weeks, including the Cooler Master Storm Sniper and the SilverStone Raven, and we were definitely looking forward to taking a close look at the Spedo “Advance Package”.
So what exactly makes the Spedo a case that stands out in a crowd? Plenty. First off, it’s a massive full-tower case standing a full 24 inches tall, with two massive 230mm fans, a 140mm fan and three 120mm fans. Clearly, that is a lot of cooling packed into a case making this a case aimed directly toward the enthusiast gaming community. The cooling features don’t stop at a long list of fans either, as the Spedo Advance Package includes a unique air channelling system called “ATC” or “Advanced Thermal Chambers”. Thermaltake claims that by isolating the CPU, video cards and power supply, that system temperatures can be further reduced. This sounds great in theory, but we wanted to see the results for ourselves.
Aside from the interesting cooling properties of the case, Thermaltake also implemented some cool cable management features that also caught our eye. Not only does the case have a pin-contact side-fan that removes the need for cumbersome cabling to the side-panel, but their “CRM” or “Cable Routing Management” system provides some innovative ways to keep the rat’s nest of cable leads under control as well.
With that said, the Spedo Advance Package claims to bring a lot to the table and we very much look forward to seeing how it does in the labs!
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