Thermaltake Xaser VI Full Tower
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-11-2008
Provided by: Thermaltake

The motherboard tray is removable and easily slides out on metal tracks along the top and bottom. This is always a nice feature to have in a case, but seems unnecessary in one as large and with as much room as the Xaser VI. I didn't even bother removing the tray to install a board; I only slid it out to take this picture. Same for the two hard drive cages along the bottom of the case. With five bays available at the front, it's unlikely that most users would have a need to use these, although fans can always be installed to these locations. But I ended up using one of the front bays instead.

The Xaser VI literally swallows this micro-ATX board and smallish 500w power supply, which both appear miniaturized with all the room in front and beneath them. There's so much space left unused that you wouldn't necessarily have to do any wire management at all. But if you do want to keep things looking tidy, make sure your power supply has cables that are plenty long enough, otherwise you won't be able to avoid cutting corners to reach where they need to go. The front/top panel cabling has no such limitations; there's enough length there to easily reach the bottom of the case. The riser slot tool-less clips are another design I've not seen before. They come all the way out when you go to insert a card, then to put them back in, you insert the bottom edge first, then snap it back into place.

While I was installing my hardware into the Xaser VI, I also took the opportunity to pull the top panel apart and try to hammer out that bent edge with a rubber mallet. I was at least somewhat successful, but with the steel being 1mm thick it wasn't easy to reshape. With the size and weight of the Xaser VI, I just hope that this isn't a common occurrence, because it would not be cheap if you had to return it for replacement.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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