Thermaltake has put out some very impressive cases over the years. From their top of the line models to their most budget conscious offerings, they always manage to include user friendly designs, interesting styles, and innovative features. One of their newest cases, the SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower Chassis, takes the terms "interesting and innovative" to a whole new level when thinking about a computer case. With an exotic appearance, a handful of "revolutionary" design features, and a price tag over $450 (US), any owner can be sure he is getting something special in this fully handmade case!
The promotional image above shows the Thermaltake SwordM all opened up and it can be seen that it isn't your typical case. Before taking a closer look at the SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower Chassis provided for review, let's take a look at some published data on the case taken from the Thermaltake website...
» Fully handmade multifunctional high class PC case
» All aluminum extrusion built chassis
» Convertible top panel for better ventilation
» Hydraulic mechanisms for the top and side panel
» Revolutionary open back plate design provides maximum internal air flow
» Ventilation openings all around for optimized thermal management
» Stylish back door eliminates cable clutter and perfect the appearance
» Tool-free design for easy installation
» Support up to ten 5.25" drive bays
» Detachable HDD Cage
» Reinforcement handles for easy transport.
» 7" drive bay for optional 7" touch screen LCD monitor. (P/N:A2413-03)
» Model: VD5000BNA
» Case Type: Super Tower
» Dimension (H*W*D): 650 x 240 x 770 mm (25.6 x 9.4 x 30.3 inch)
» Material: Aluminum Extrusion
» Color: Black
» Cooling System: Up to 12 x 120mm fans
» Front (intake): 120 x 120 x 25mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Rear (Exhaust): Two 120 x 120 mm fans, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Top (Exhaust): Two 120 x 120 mm fans, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Motherboards: 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX), 12" x 9.6" (ATX), 12" x 13" (Extend ATX)
» Drive Bays:
» 7" Drive Bay: 2
» 5.25" Drive Bay: 4 or 6
» 3.5" Drive Bay: 3 (HDD)
» Front I/O:
» e-SATA connector: 1
» USB2.0: 2
» IEEE 1394 Firewire: 1
» HD Audio
» Expansion Slots: 7
» Optional Components: 7" LCD Monitor (P/N:A2413-03)
As soon as the SwordM was delivered I knew I had a beast of a case on my hands. The delivery guy struggled up the steps, bouncing the box off his leg as he walked, and he pretty much did a ring-and-run as he got it close to the door. The pictures below may not do it justice, but this is the biggest box I can recall a case coming in, and maybe only appliances have been delivered in anything bigger.
The box provides plenty of real estate for Thermaltake to describe the various features and show off pictures of the SwordM. You can learn just about anything you would want to know about this product by checking out the packaging. The first thing I learned was that this wasn't going to fit into my photo tent, and I would have to improvise and hope for decent pictures anyway. Hopefully each picture came out good enough to still be worth a thousand words.