Thermaltake Swing Case - Swing - First Look Inside

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Thermaltake Swing Case
Swing - First Look Inside
Swing - Negative Points and Conclusion

A Look Inside:

After removing a couple of thumbscrews, the side panel slides off easily and gives us our first look inside the case.  It is quite roomy for a mid-tower and allows large full ATX motherboards to be installed.  The tool-less drive rack comes stuffed with the drive rails for both 3.5" and 5.25" bays.  These slide out and enable you to mount 3 hard drives without the use of a screw driver.  There are enough rails to install four 5.25" devices as well.  If you want to add a floppy drive or a card reader to this case you will have to use a screwdriver for the front 3.5" devices.  For many people though, your screw driver will be limited to installing the motherboard.

Side View - Open
 Side View - Open

Rear Fan & Drive Racks
 Rear Fan & Drive Racks

In the picture above on the right you can see Thermaltake's trademark 120mm fan with orange blades.  This fan spins slowly and provides good airflow with very little noise.  You can also see the tool-free slots.  These feel a little flimsy and cheap, but so far they've handled installation and removal of multiple graphics cards.  With care they should last a long time.  Also in the far right picture, you can see the drive racks at the front of the case.  Thermaltake has decided to mount the hard drives perpendicular to the chassis.  While this seems to be the trend, there is very little room for the SATA cables.  It is possible that they could be bumped when installing the window and prevent the drive from working correctly.  If you've got any fancy right angle SATA connectors, this is the place to use them.

There is a bundle of wires that connect the front USB2.0, Firewire, and Audio to the front of the case.  If you aren't planning on using these, they can be tucked up neatly.

Looking Closer:

Thermaltake's more expensive cases feature a handle on the side that acts as a latch to open the side of the case.  At first glance the Thermaltake Swing case appears to have this same latch, but unfortunately it is merely aesthetic.  It has some ventilation holes that made me think a fan could be mounted a fresh air intake over the CPU, but after closer examination it is not designed to mount a fan.

Active positive ventilation then becomes the sole responsibility of the front 120mm fan.  The Swing case only comes with one fan mounted at the back, but has room and mounting hardware for a second 120mm fan at the front of the case.  This fan is filtered by a washable mesh filter that still provides excellent airflow.  To remove the filter, you'll need to remove the front bezel and possibly the fan itself in order to slide the filter out of its grooves.

Side Panel Ventilation
 Side Panel Ventilation

Mesh Filter For Front Fan
 Mesh Filter For Front Fan

Tool-less Drive Rack
 Tool-less Drive Rack

The hard drive rails actually feel quite weak and flimsy, but when they are installed they appear to hold the drives in place securely.  As you can see the Swing case comes with trays that secure the extra rails.  This is a great idea so that they remain with your case instead of getting lost in a drawer full of other bits and pieces.

Things We Liked:

This case has some good things going for it for sure.  Some of the features that we really liked are pictured below.

Many motherboards come with a "Chassis Intrusion Detection" feature, but not many cases include this switch.  The Swing case comes with a such a switch and is a nice addition to any case in my opinion.  With this switch installed, you can tell if anyone has opened your case to "borrow" any RAM or perhaps a graphics card.

Chassis Intrusion
 Chassis Intrusion

Protected Edges
 Protected Edges

A new case can be a dangerous place.  As you install hardware, all of the little sharp edges can cut, scrape and otherwise lacerate your fingers.  Fortunately, the Thermaltake Swing case does not have any sharp edges that I could find.  Edges that could possibly be sharp are protected with rubber caps to prevent injury.  This is a great feature and shows that Thermaltake cares about the quality of this product.

On the last page we'll take a look at some downsides with this particular unit I received, cover installation and draw some conclusions.