Thermaltake Tower 900 Review

Written by Antony Leather

November 25, 2016 // 11:18 a.m.

Tags: #e-atx-case #large-case #thermaltake-tower-900-review #watercooling-case

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Popping off the large steel side panel vents reveals one side with a quartet of 3.5in/2.5in trays plus two 140mm/120mm fan mounts, while on the other side, it's just a straight line of fan mounts, catering for up to four fans in either 120mm or 140mm flavours. You can remove the storage mount on the other side too, with a replacement fan bracket allowing for the full complement of four fans to be installed on both sides if you wish.

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This means that there's potential for 560mm (4 x 140mm) radiators or 420mm (4 x 120mm) radiators to be installed in each location, with enough space for full height radiators too. It's just as well the board supports E-ATX motherboards, then, so you can maximise the number of components to kit the case out with, and the abuse your wallet will receive too. There's also space for radiators in the roof fan mounts and in those at the rear, but we'd imagine, like the press photos from Thermaltake, that two large radiators in these dedicated side mounts will be the most likely configuration.

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The PSU looks a little lost in it's little mount at the base of the case. You get at it by removing the huge rear steel panel, with the PSU itself sitting in a steel enclosure with a dust filter underneath. Removing that side drive cage won't leave you with zero space for hard disks and SSDs, though, as the space in front of the PSU sports a combined 2.5in, 3.5in and 5.25in mount, the latter being external and thus useful for fan controllers or reservoirs.

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Cable routing is a bit of a mixed bag, though, mainly due to the case's size. There are plenty of rubber grommet-clad routing holes, but some cables were stretched to reach the motherboard - for example, the SATA and 8-pin EPS 12V cables. No extension cable was in the box either, but those on our Fractal design PSU are a little on the short side. If you're using something larger with a higher wattage, the cables will likely be longer anyway.

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The reasonable price tag given the case's dimensions does manifest itself in a lack of premium features, though, as we alluded to earlier. For instance, all the 2.5in mounts require screws - only the 3.5in bays are tool-free. Even sub-£100 Corsair cases have clip-in mounts for SSDs. There's also no fan control, although clearly the case is designed for mega water-cooling systems.

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As well as radiators, there's an abundance of mounts for other gear too, with two pump/reservoir mounts in the base. With the company's ever increasing line of water-cooling gear, if it hadn't had these we'd have been surprised, although credit to Thermaltake for being the first mainstream case manufacturer to offer such a wide range of decent water-cooling gear. Now it has a flagship case to house it all in too.

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As well as two additional 3.5in mounts in the front, either side of the these are single 2.5in mounts, so it's quite feasible to remove the top drive case to make way for even more ludicrous cooling.

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