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Well at first look, I knew I was going to love this little case. A mesh front panel is something that I’ve wanted for a long time. The fear of the dust issue was on the back of my mind, and of course Thermaltake had thought of that one and incorporated the filters into each panel. The tool-less design was certainly a surprise to me. I have had a few tool-less designed cases that use sliders or really flimsy locking systems, but the Matrix locks in securely. The hard drives seem to be especially tight. The expansion slots do feel a little fragile to me, and aren’t quite as nice as the front ones, but are plenty of secure.
- Excellent simple design, ventilation is more than adequate, and offers plenty of room for additional fans.
- Tool-less design is very secure, and can easily be converted to good old fashioned screw secured chassis, providing you have additional mounting hardware.
- Very light weight.
- Side panel can be secured by locking the top button, as well as large thumb screws
- Detailed Instructions, with step by step photos.
- Upgraded versions of the chassis are available as well.
- Great Price, ($60 at time of review)
- Chassis does have a few sharp edges in between places that have been rounded.
- Power supply support bracket can only be adjusted before installation of the motherboard; will only encounter problems installing longer power supply units.
- Power supply installation is missing in the instructions.
I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending us the Matrix to review today. It certainly is a great deal for any one in the market for a new chassis, with excellent airflow out of the box, as well as plenty of addition fan locations. The Matrix line offers clear side panels as well as bundles with Thermaltake Power Supply Units. For a complete Thermaltake product list be sure to check out the Thermaltake website to see what they come up with next!
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