Thermaltake M9 Mid-tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-12-2008
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Installation

The motherboard tray contains stamped, threaded protrusions in the common positions for both micro and standard ATX boards. There are also stand-offs that screw into other mounting holes, depending on your board and where they are needed. If you have an I/O plate that came with your motherboard, you will need to knock out the existing panel in the case. It can't be reattached afterwards, however it is an older style layout that is generally not in use anymore anyway. Hard drives must be screwed into the cage once it is removed from the case. Access holes are stamped in the side to fit a screwdriver through.


The floppy bay adapter is similar to the drive cage in that screws must be placed into the side of the drive. Although there is no adjustment possible in the cage/adapter for drive depth, there are four different hole positions in the side rails so that the floppy and optical drives can be set flush with the front panel. There is a 3" to 5" trim panel for the floppy drive made of the same mesh as the others. Obviously black drives are going to look the best in this case.


All the components fit neatly into place without much fuss, although there isn't a lot of room to spare. That's pretty typical for a mid-tower case, even when using a micro-ATX system board. I'm normally not a big fan of the side panel CPU ducts. They rarely line up properly right with the socket. However in this case it happens to be nearly spot-on - the CPU fan is almost directly behind the perforated opening in the side. Unfortunately the plastic extender piece for the duct fits about as well as the tool-less riser latches, and could easily fall off if the case is moved around much.


Now for some final thoughts and conclusion.


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