In 1999 Thermaltake began to build a reputation as one of the top manufacturers of high quality products such as cases, CPU coolers, and other computer components. Today their reputation causes many computer enthusiasts to stop to check out their products. Recently Thermaltake released the Eureka Aluminum Full Tower Case designed to hold a wide range of motherboards from micro ATX to extended ATX. Let's take a look and see if this new 'home server' case holds true to Thermaltake's reputation.
Features (taken from the Thermaltake website):
» Full tower, all aluminum chassis
» Supports up to extend ATX motherboard (12" x 13")
» 120mm silent front and rear case fans
» Honeycomb see-through side panel for maximum airflow
» Compatible with most water cooling systems
Specifications (taken from the Thermaltake website):
» Model: VC8000BWA
» Case Type: Full Tower
» Net Weight: 8.91 kg
» Dimension (H*W*D): 540.0 mm x 205.0 mm x 650.0 mm
» Side Panel: Honeycomb see-through side panel
» Cooling System:
» Front (intake) : 120x120x25mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Rear (exhaust) : 120x120x25mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Drive Bays: 12
» Front Accessible: 5 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
» Internal: 5 x 3.5"
» Chassis : 1.0mm all aluminum
» Front bezel : Aluminum
» Color: Black
» Expansion Slots: 7
» Motherboards: 12" x 9.6" (ATX), 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX), 12" x 13" (Extend ATX)
» PSU: Standard ATX PSII
» I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394 x 1, Audio & Speaker ports
The packaging for the Eureka is exactly what I have come to expect from Thermaltake's retail packaging. If this was in a retail setting, it provides ample information to the enthusiast looking for a case. The front of the box gives just enough information to get your attention, while the back side of the box goes into much more detail on the features.
The Eureka is packaged between two large heavy duty cardboard braces that hold the case steady during shipping. Removing the braces, the case is also packaged within a plastic bag to avoid scratches on the outer surface.