Thermaltake is single-handedly able to bring extreme case on the market.If one cooperates with a well-known Case Modder, then you can actually jump out, a new superlative. Stage on for Thermaltake The Tower 900, the “vertical Super Tower”.
To the extreme thermal take casing without a doubt, the Core X9. The 122-Liter giant cube not only offers tons of space, but can also be combined with other Core X9. Two Core X9, it was also used for the French Case-Modder Mathieu Heredia as the basis for his project “The Tower”. The massive Name is quite program – “The Tower” is beyond the dimensions of the Core X9 and can also be opened with a vertical structure is also very different design options.
Thermaltake was the Case-Mod so pleased that the long negotiations over the marketing of The Tower followed. And in fact, Thermaltake and Watermod (Heredia is some part of this French case modding-Duos) to market the Case-Mod, in a modified Form – Thermaltake The Tower 900. This gives buyers the opportunity to acquire one of the most extreme case at all. In naked Figures can be the case only conditionally. Dimensions of 423 x 752 x 483 mm (B x H x T), and a weight of 24.5 kg – this alone is already a house number. However, in reality the Thermaltake The Tower 900 is actually only a little smaller than a standard washing machine. In the tested Version would even vote on the color for this comparison. Alternatively, there is the Thermaltake The Tower 900 but also in Black.
Due to the enormous volume of the housing allows for the accommodation of an E-ATX system with extreme water cooling. Two 560 mm radiators just as easily as two high tubes-expansion tank. Those who prefer air cooling, you can equip up to 13 fan slots available with either 120 – or 140-mm fans. Hobbyists and Modders, work is easier by the fact that Thermaltake The Tower 900 is fully modular and its components can be decomposed. Unlike the Core W100 it will be delivered completely built up. Also the most awesome systems and water cooling systems to its best advantage, is the interior of Thermaltake The Tower 900 by three huge panes of glass visible. Also Thermaltake now follows the glass Trend.
The purchase price is 269,90 euros (RRP) in the high-higher priced stationary Segment. With a view to enclosure volume and material use, but the effects are rather moderate. When exactly the sale will start, is not currently, however, not yet clear.
In addition to the manual, the warranty instructions and mounting material included System Speaker, a few black cable ties and two 1 m long USB 2.0 extension cable are included with the Thermaltake The Tower 900.
The basic structure of Thermaltake The Tower 900 is made of steel. Aluminum would be the reasons for the housing volume of cost makes little sense and would be for Thermaltake also atypical. Plastic is mainly for the lid to be used – at least in the case of the white variant of the Transition between the two materials thanks to a coordinated textures is striking. And really striking you’re not already, because the appearance of the housing is determined by the three large glass surfaces. The motherboard chamber can be taken that way, frontal perfectly in the view. Nevertheless, there is even a 5.25-inch drive space under the Window. Here, an optical drive or fan controller can be installed. The installation is solved in a classical style, with screws.
Good to see the two-chamber structure is from the outside. Just under two-thirds of the housing depth to be used for the motherboard chamber. Behind it can be hidden in a separate chamber, the power supply unit, a part of the drives and especially the radiators. Over almost the entire height of Thermaltake The Tower 900 sheets in this area, with air intakes. These sheets can be easily by Pressing a release button below the cover and removed solved.
What is behind, is likely to make the heart of many water-cooling enthusiasts beat faster.To see the Mounting plates for a Quad Radiator, and either a 480 or 560 mm Radiator. And that’s not enough: Who’s on the drive cages in the rear chamber can do without, it is allowed to install on the opposite side equal to a second extreme radiator. For dust protection on both sides of the magnetic dust filter.
Also, the plastic cover is dominated by thermal takes the usual air grid pattern. The front edge of the housing is supported. And also the I/O Panel with four USB 3.0 Ports and the audio jacks have found their place.
At the back of the lid there are some recesses. As a result, the locks (the black “lever” in the back near the wall) for the two lateral Mesh can be solved-elements when the lid is closed and the cable to be laid. And as a result, the entire cover can be turned with a quick jerk upwards. Including the only two pre-mounted fans come to the fore. The chamber, a 140mm”Turbo”fan with 1000 U/min ensures a certain level of cooling.In the cover even simple plastic grid safe, that gross dust can not fall freely in the housing.
Because the Apertures of the motherboard and the expansion cards are facing up, the back wall, literally bald. In the centre there are two optional fan slots with magnetic dust filters, and on the ground, the ATX will help supply aperture, of a size reference. Otherwise, especially with white-painted sheet steel. The back wall can be removed after Loosening the four knurled screws on the piece. In this way, one gets easily in the rear housing chamber.
So massive the Thermaltake The Tower 900 is also, however, on simple plastic feet. Thus, the massive housing leaves no scratches behind, come the end of the rubber rings. For the air intake of the PSU is Thermaltake falls back once more on a magnetic dust filter.
The three panes of glass are held in place by four knurled screws on the housing.Thermaltake has waived a corrugation and the screw is smooth and shiny. But they are so large that they can be solved easily and rotated. As usual rubber sleeves to protect the discs from direct contact with the screws. Behind the discs is the motherboard chamber is divided practically into two areas. The motherboard and the expansion cards in the upper space. The floor space for a Central drive remains in the cage with the 5.25-inch Drive, two 3.5/2.5-inch drive squares and one 2.5-inch drive space on each side. In addition to this Central Disk space for the pump and the expansion tank remains on each side. On both sides there is a corresponding mounting platform.
In the centre two 3.5-inch drives can be installed easily without the use of tools in drive drawers are made of plastic. 2.5-inch drives would have to be done with the drive drawers screwed on. During the 3.5-inch drives are at least decoupled by thin rubber rings, for 2.5-inch drives can also be no decoupling.
The motherboard is rotated 90 degrees, is mounted under the lid explains Thermaltake, “GPU Sag” should be prevented. What is meant is that heavy High-End graphics cards in the case of horizontal mounting, turn something, and thus the optic interfere. Certainly, one could also support with a Graphics card, but the vertical “hang” the graphics card definitely helps reliably against “GPU Sag”. Fixed pixel accelerator and other expansion screws are cards with thumbscrews.The cable must be routed under the plastic cover to the rear – who changes more often cable on the motherboard or on the expansion cards, you will find this construction, therefore, rather impractical.
Also behind the motherboard tray there is no shortage of space. This Area also fulfills various functions. Additional Disk space is available, power supply and cable management and can be used as extreme radiator chamber.
The fan and radiator Thermaltake has blinded split. Who does not want to use the entire space for the cooling, can take out a portion of the aperture, and in its place, for example, drive mount cages.
On the (front) right side Thermaltake has done just that. The two Panels were stacked with the coated wire on top of each other, so that the supplied two drive cages could be mounted. You deploy the two 2.5 – or 3.5-inch drive slots. The disk drawers are not drawn inward, but outward. Accordingly, the side part must be in front of the drive squares removed. Otherwise, mounting and decoupling is valid for Drive to be the Same as for the two a 2.5/3.5-inch drive slots in the motherboard chamber.
… and as for the Micro-ATX-Mainboard with the short entry-level graphics card. It is clear however, at least in the extreme case that leaves plenty of room for other Hardware. For large E-ATX motherboards as well as for unrealistic high CPU coolers and long graphics cards. Also, the jacketed cable glands are clearly intended for großformatigere systems.
The installation of the Hardware is in very spacious housing convenient as possible. Only the bottom two power supply screws are difficult to fix, if you expand the entire modular power supply aperture.
In addition to processing and equipment of the housing, the temperature behavior is of fundamental importance.
The following components were used:
|Processor:||Intel Core i5-2400S|
|Memory:||4096 MB Kingston 1333 MHz|
|Hard drive:||OCZ Arc 100 SSD 240 GB|
|Graphics card:||Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate|
|Operating system:||Windows 7 x64 Home Premium|
In order to determine the maximum temperatures of the processor, the utilization of the CPU by means of the free stress test tool Prime 95 for 30 minutes. Since the Small FFT Test brings experience in accordance with the highest heat loss performance, we use this mode and record the maximum core temperatures with the system tool Lavalys Everest.The individual core temperatures are added and by the number of physical cores divided.At the same time the video card with the stress test is utilised Furmark.
The consideration of the temperatures in the Idle state (= idle) is becoming increasingly uninteresting, since both the processor and the graphics card manufacturers have developed very good power-saving techniques. As a result, the computational cores in the Idle clocked condition and the power voltage is reduced. As a result, the generated heat is reduced to a Minimum.
Our measurements yielded the following result:
Assessment of the temperatures:
Thermaltake The Tower 900 is clearly designed for water cooling. This is evident from the fact that most of the fan slots are located behind the motherboard tray, where they make virtually nothing for the cooling of the temperature-critical components. For the semi-passively cooled test system, the component arrangement is not ideal. Nevertheless, with the built-in lid already solid temperatures fans at least.
For our volume measurements, we use a volt craft SL-400 sound level meter that we place in 20 cm distance in front of the housing.
The two 140 mm fans operate at up to 1,000 rpm and with a view to the volume for a placement in the midfield. Because we make the measurement in front of the housing, can listen to the cover of fan, depending on the positioning of the housing is subjective but a little louder. In any case, the fan would have to be regulated down, if you value on a really quiet System.
With a view to the maximum CPU cooler height of only one other case comes close to it in our Charts the Thermaltake The Tower 900 – and that is just the Core X9, which was initially once the base for the extreme case. Really, you can’t use this space, however, this gigantic cooler simply lack.
At the maximum graphics card length Thermaltake is also not in rags. 40 cm are more than enough for all the High-End graphics cards.
The glass is about 5 mm, very thick-walled, at first glance. Thermaltake uses but also in the steel to a comparatively high material thickness of 1.1 mm. It needs, however, so that the large surfaces are sufficiently rigid. The material used declared in addition to the sheer size of the considerable weight of almost 25 kg. The Transport is further complicated by the shape and lack of grip possibilities.According to the note from Thermaltake is the fact that the housing should preferably be of two people transported.
You would think that Thermaltake has pushed the issue of extreme housing already on the top. However, the Thermaltake The Tower 900 tops on its way, even housing as the Core X9 , or the Core W100. The base set Thermaltake and Watermod France with the enormous volume, and with the special vertical structure. The motherboard, thereby moving the center of the action. This is even more true, because it can also be from three sides by solid, tempered glass viewed. On both sides of the boards with a complete water cooling loop can be installed. And what cooling circuits that are each individual and can include a 480 or a 560 mm Radiator and a large tube terms and conditions.
If the two XXL-radiator seats are to be used, must be the rear drive cages removed. But even then, the Tower 900 still offers five drive slots directly into the motherboard chamber.Even a 5.25-inch drive in the space. Compatibility issues with the cooler height and card length are excluded from this housing, with its huge interior space virtually.The graphics hang cards vertically and bend, unlike in the case of a horizontal Installation is not sure of a Detail, but on this show a joyful case of it. Some users will find the components arrangement, however impractical. Because as soon as a cable is to be connected to the motherboard and the expansion cards or deducted, must be removed from the housing cover. Also if this goes with a hand grip, it is just a handle. Elsewhere, the extreme case is shown, however, are largely practical.The steel panels on the sides resolve themselves practically at the push of a button, most of the dust filters are magnetic and cleaning easy and at least 3.5-inch drives and expansion cards can be mounted without tools. The same applies to the glass surfaces and the rear wall.
In some ways, Thermaltake The Tower 900 is quite a practical case. This does not apply, however, with a view to the space requirements. Even if the “Vertical Super Tower Chassis” looks on a trade show stand is impressive, it will want to put only a few users at home. However, only few users can fully exploit the potential of the housing approximately. Who would like to plant a less extreme System and save space, the choice of different Housings with a high show factor. Especially convinced us in this respect, the last Lian Li PC-O10. It is almost the counterpart to Thermaltake The Tower 900. The PC-O10 forces the user to some limitations, but saves space. And what it can’t offer in quantity, it has quality. The Mix of aluminum and tempered glass appears to be high-quality, perfectly processed, and also significantly lighter. As a flexible Tower with water cooling suitability is, however, especially the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 recommended. It also has Triple-radiator places, but it offers an attractive overall package. The optics with glass side panel, aluminium surface RGB-LED lighting convinced.
Such a colossus as Thermaltake The Tower 900 of these Alternatives, however, is Far. And also the opportunities of the Thermaltake case you can’t already offer the size. For the exceptional water – cooling and Modding potential for the thermal takes from drawing the extreme case, with our technology Award.