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Thermaltake 2020 expo day 4

When it comes to high-end PC cases, people at Thermaltake will definitely think of them, who have brought some of the most unique and customizable case options to the forefront of the game. So when Thermaltake decided to send us their helicopter-inspired AH T600 PC case, yes, you heard it, and we are very happy to see what it can bring to the growing market. The

AH T600 is the latest in a growing number of uniquely designed enclosures that seem to place aesthetic strength above thermal performance and noise levels. The fully open design chassis is equipped with three tempered glass sides, "missileEsq" plastic side pods and a cockpit-style front, which well completes the theme of the helicopter.

Today we will test the AH T600 to see how this luxurious design compares with other high-priced alternatives. We will give you a full introduction and look at airflow, water cooling, and how difficult it is to install.

So, with this in mind, let's take a closer look at the Thermaltake AH T600 case evaluation!

Advantages

Disadvantages The first thing you notice when unpacking

is how big it is. I mean, this thing is comparable in size and weight to your View 71 - it weighs over 20 kilograms and has no internals. Now, if you are familiar with the Vista 71, you know how uncomfortable this situation can be if space is limited. Well unfortunately for some people the AH T600 has the same problem. Except for size

, this may be one of the most unusual cases I've seen in a long time. The AH T600 is inspired by military attack helicopters, and you can see this when you look at it from certain angles. The front is a bit like a helicopter cockpit, and the side pods can represent missiles, which is a bit ridiculous to be honest.

That said, the demand for these cases in today's market is also growing. I still can't be sure who this is for. Hope through further review this becomes clearer.

As mentioned above, the front panel is where you can find most of the cab styling aesthetic. It consists of three 3mm tempered glass panels located directly below the I / O ports, allowing intuitive access to any RGB radiator or chassis fan you decide to install. The tempered glass is housed in a thick plastic casing, which can be removed when you need to touch the fan. The lower half of the

front panel is made of thick angle steel and there is almost no increase in physical design. It shows the Thermaltake logo in a fairly subtle way (compared to other case designs) and has a large cutout between the steel and the cockpit area. This sets the tone for the chassis in terms of aesthetics and thermal design. Most of the AH T600 is an open design, we'll get to that soon.

moved to the rear of the chassis, there is nothing to speak of in terms of design features. For lack of a better term, the rear is a large hole that allows users to fully access the internal structure of the PC. Out of the box, there is almost no function on the back of the box.

Having said that, the AH T600 is equipped with Thermaltake's proprietary rotating PCIe 8 slot, which can be screwed into the rear of the chassis to provide the required stability for additional GPUs and expansion cards. In addition, the shell also comes with a slide-in and slide-out power supply bracket, which is fixed with thumb screws, allowing users to install the power supply more easily. The upper part of the

AH T600 consists of two layers, one is the chassis, and the other is a cap made of pure steel. The steel cover does not provide much functionality in terms of functionality, but it does have vents (large honeycomb) to allow sufficient airflow for the top radiator or fan. The

cover is fixed on both sides of the case with four fairly strong thumbscrews, and it feels safe in the case, which is not always the case in this case. Near the front is the I / O port, adding a weird flair to this already quirky look. The I / O ports include a power / reset button (with LEDs), 2 3.5mm audio connectors (headphone and microphone), 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, and 1 USB TypeC.

Getting inside this box is as simple as you can imagine; it can be achieved through many different angles. The side panels we haven't really touched on are made of 5mm thick tempered glass and are connected to the chassis via two easy to install hinges. The door can be opened when the user wishes to access the component and secure it in place with a large, accessible thumbscrew. Although we are discussing the side of this case, one aesthetic feature we did not mention is the missile-like capsules located on either side of the front panel. As far as I know these have no effect on performance in this case, it seems to be installed for cosmetic reasons only (and they give you the helicopter theme that Thermaltake is after). That being said, they are made of plastic and feel very sturdy, albeit pretty useless.

When you open the side panel, you can better understand the internal space of this case. This is huge - the good news has many different reasons.

At the front, the user can access the fan mounting bracket. The grille can be removed relatively easily with two screws located under the plastic "cockpit" casing. After removing the screws, the user

One 480 mm radiator, 3 140 mm fans or 3 120 mm fans. Due to the modular design of this case, the fan installation is very easy, users only need to screw the fan into place, and then slide everything into place.

Simply remove the four thumbscrews on both sides of the cover to access the roof. After removing the cover, the user can enter the fan installation area, which provides ample headroom for the motherboard-this is the dream of manufacturers using advanced, high-end cooling solutions. The top of the AH T600 supports a 360 mm radiator, three 120 mm fans or two 140 mm fans, which is sufficient for the most complex cooling settings. The bottom of the

chassis is obviously the least priority area for AH T600. It offers very little in terms of design features, it only provides a double pump/reservoir mounting tray, which is fixed on the base by a single thumbscrew. In this case, there is no PSU cover and no floor fan installation possibility. The base is a solid piece of steel with no vents, so whether you like it or not, the PSU needs to be installed with the fan facing up.

This brings us to the motherboard tray. This is one of my favorite features of the chassis, the modularity of the motherboard tray. Although modularity is a common feature in this case, we were still surprised when we discovered that the entire motherboard tray could be physically removed from the chassis. That's right, you can physically remove the motherboard tray, install the motherboard (and most other hardware), and then easily reinstall everything with a few thumbscrews found in the upper part. The

AH T600 supports up to EATX motherboards; however, when installing our own EATX board in this case, we noticed that the cable management path is affected, especially if you plan to use a large heat sink next to the motherboard mount. Area. The circuit board will extend to some cable cutouts, making some cables (such as 24-pin) very difficult to install. In other words, using more mainstream ATX motherboards will produce better results, allowing us to use an absolute number of cable management options. As mentioned above, due to the size of this case, the large radiator mounted on the top of the case will not cause any headroom problems.

In addition to the motherboard installation area, users can also install a maximum of 360mm heat sink, 2 x 140mm fan or 3 x 120mm fan. Like many other full-tower cases, this is a nice feature that allows customer builders to really experiment with the cooling aesthetics they decide to use. This also holds your water-cooled reservoir (if you plan to take the water-cooled route) or multiple SSD trays/HDD trays. When it comes to gaps, you won't have a problem with space anytime soon. This thing has a lot of internal space to play with and there are few obstacles. Even the largest 2080Ti GPU won't cause any problems in this situation. Speaking of GPU compatibility, AH T600 allows users to install vertically as needed. The screen version of CES 2020 takes advantage of this feature (with water cooling), and I can safely say that it looks great.

moves to the back of the case, and the user is greeted by another identical 5mm tempered glass side plate, also located on the hinge. After removing the side panel, it is obvious that cable management is an important part of the design process. There are a host of cable routing options, including cable tie holes, cable cutouts, and velcro straps. However, for users who do not use modular power supplies, they will have a difficult time hiding the cables. Since this case is completely transparent and open, we are a bit surprised that Thermaltake is not suitable for any type of cover. It would be great if there were some inlays or areas available for wiring. However, this is not an option. There is a large cutout in the center of the

motherboard tray, which is convenient for installing a large CPU cooler. Below, users will find three independent hard drive trays, which can be changed according to their preferences. Choose between two 3.5 "HDDs or three 2.5" SSDs, the choice is yours. You can also reposition the tray to the left to allow more space for cable routing.

In general, the trends in the rear and front are the same. Aesthetically, you ticked a lot of boxes correct, and functionally it may need some tweaking. The

function is one of the most important factors to consider, especially when you buy a chassis with a retail price of around $ 250. Features can make it easier to build in the cabinet, can make the airflow work more efficiently And they can also have a real impact on someone's buying decision. So, with this in mind, let's take a look at the main features that AH T600 is equipped with:

OpenPlan design-Now, although the design of this case will not be everyone's cup of tea, it is indeed in the world. The current market. Thermaltake gave the AH T600 a completely open design, with little room for imagination. Although this looks great (if done correctly), it does have some problems with airflow efficiency. In most cases, you need an enclosed space to allow air pressure to build up and generate solid air flow. With an open design like this, the pressure will not increase, which means that the airflow is much weaker than in other cases. In other words, it has its positive meaning. E.g,

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