At Bigbruin.com we have taken a look at our fair share of products from Thermaltake, including a decent selection of their cases. Their products cover a wide range of styles and price ranges, but a few features can be expected across the board, including a modern design and quality construction. The latest Thermaltake case to land on our test bench comes courtesy of ClubIT.com, and can be seen in the promotional image below.
Compared to many other cases we have recently reviewed, the Thermaltake Swing ATX Mid Tower Case has a much more classical appearance, but other models are available. ClubIT.com provided the black model without a side window, but the Swing is also available in silver, and both colors can be had with a large side window.
Before taking a look at the specific unit provided for review, let's have a look at some of the published features and specifications taken from the Thermaltake website.
High efficiency ventilation: 12cm silent fan in rear
Tool - Free when installing 5.25" & 3.5" device
Dual USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 Firewire, Audio & Speaker ports
Stylish streamline form design
Thumb-screws for easy opening side panel
EMI protection spring
Case Type: Middle Tower
Net Weight: 7.65kg
Dimensions: (H*W*D) 430 x 190 x 500 mm
Power Supply: N/A
Front (intake): 120x120x25 mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA (optional)
Rear (exhaust): 120x120x25 mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Material Chassis: 0.8 mm SECC
Drive Bays: 10
External: 4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal: 4 x3.5"
Expansion Slots: 7
Motherboards: Micro ATX , Standard ATX
The interesting feature to me is that the case can use two 120mm fans (as well as an 80mm fan on the side), but the unit we received only included a single 120mm fan for the exhaust.
The Swing case shipped from ClubIT.com in just the Thermaltake retail box. As you can see below, the box features an abundance of information on the case, as well as some detailed photos to let anyone shopping in a brick and mortar store get a great idea of what is inside.
The inside of the box features the standard foam braces to hold the case in place, but it ships in an odd manner, with the front face of the case facing downward! Considering it was only single boxed for shipment, and the most delicate surface was aiming down, I was concerned that there could be some damage on its journey from coast to coast. To my surprise and delight, everything was just fine.