Thermaltake DH101 HTPC Case
|Thermaltake DH101 HTPC Case|
|Features and Specifications|
|Closer Look Inside and Installation|
|Test Setup and Software|
|Summary and Final Thoughts|
Thermaltake is probably best known for their CPU coolers and their Computer Cases. They have been around since modded cases were cool and even before that with their "Orb" coolers that made them famous. When the started making computer cases, they were considered some of the best gaming chassis around and the Xaser series won a lot of attention in the community. Today we are looking at DH101 Case that is part of their Digital Home Series. The actual case model is the VF7001BNS and while it may not be as fancy as some HTPC cases, this case is actually on the affordable list. It's still pretty expensive for an enclosure, but we'll find out if it's money well spent on high quality stuff, or if you'd be better off saving your money and buying a cheaper box. Some HTPC have major layout issues, so we'll take a good look and see how it all shapes out.
About Thermaltake - Values & Principles:
While Thermaltake doesn't need much of an introduction, we'll still post the company's Values and Principles as stated on their website. They outline what the company stands and strives for.
- While still a relatively young company, established in 1999, Thermaltake is built on unwavering will and dedication to address issues and innovate at the same time for computer enthusiasts and corporate users worldwide.
- With strong support of Research & Development team standing behind the brand, Thermaltake is committed to never-follow but always-lead.
- In past decades, the industrial and technological advancements in different fields have shaped the world we live in today and have also made a big impact on the environment. Thermaltake takes great measures to ensure the product that we produce relieve these impacts by being first to act on 80 PLUS® specification for computer power supply that greatly reduces the amount of electricity that a computer consumes.
- Always striving to be the best, we continuously benchmark our performance against the very best internally and externally.
- Customers are our greatest asset and Thermaltake does not take that for granted. That is why Thermaltake is the industry leading in customer service and customer support with around-the-clock automated product return service.
DH101 - First Look & Bundle:
I've already spoiled the first look with a couple of pictures of the front profile of the case, but we'll take a quick look at the backside of this shiny beauty before we take a look at what Thermaltake has thrown in the box for kicks. Thermaltake has wisely chosen to make the DH101 a full ATX case. It has quite a tall stance but that allows for full ATX PSUs to be installed easily. Rear ventilation is taken care of by a pair of 60mm fans that are pretty quiet - actually much quieter than a CNPS 9500 AM2 that we used later in the review.
You may have noticed that the front of the case has a little extra touch on it. Thermaltake uses an iMon Media Lab package that provides some information, feedback and VU animations as we'll see later on.
In the package Thermaltake has included some pretty standard stuff such as screws, quick install guide and even a polishing cloth. The extra goodies include a software CD for the front display as well as a full-function remote. Please note that the image of the remote is quite large so that you can get a good look at the detail of this unit.
For now, we'll jump over to the next page and take a look at the features and specifications.