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Thermaltake VA3000SWA Tsunami Dream Aluminium Case


Product
CPU Cooler
Date
3rd November 2004
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Introduction:::...

Like many people, I was really quite impressed when I first saw the Cooler Master WaveMaster case. Although the evolution of the PC case was well under way, and aluminium enclosures were no longer an exotic luxury, it took a company with a bold vision to move away from the straight lines and square edges that had ruled the aluminium case market until then and do something completely different.

The WaveMaster was, and indeed still is one of my favourite cases ever, but it had its fair share of weaknesses, and when I first clapped eyes on the Tsunami Dream from Thermaltake I started to wonder if they'd taken the best from Cooler Master's design then improved on it.

I've read in several forums that the Tsunami is a WaveMaster rip-off and that people would boycott it because of that. Well more fool you! It's the way of the world to pick up on a successful product design and try to improve or imitate it. It happens in every sector from cars to mobile phones, from fashion to architecture. And as you'll see shortly, there's actually very little in common with the WaveMaster other than a passing similarity in the design of the front door.

Thermaltake have come a long was since I first reviewed their ORB CPU coolers back in the day, and they now have an extremely comprehensive range of products including a very complete line of slightly more extravagant cases for those who like a more aggressive look.

Today though belongs to the Tsunami Dream, a case whose looks are undoubted, but is that all it has going for it? Let's do the specs:

Detail Specifications
P/N
VA3000SWA
VA3400SWA
Drive Bays
11
External
4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal
5 x3.5"
Case Type
Modern Dream Tower Chassis
Color
Silver- Mirror Coating
Side Panel
Transparent X type side panel
Expansion Slots
7
Net Weight
6kg (13.2lb)
7.5kg (16.5lb)
Motherboards
Micro ATX (9.6x 9.6) & ATX (12 x 9.6)
Dimension
(H*W*D)
495 x 210x 478 mm
Features
High efficiency ventilation: Dual 12cm silent fan in front & rear, 9cm fan on side panel
Mirror coating
Ultra light: 5.6kg (12.3lbs)
Retractable foot stand
Highly flexible "Silent Purepower supply" unit supports PS/II for PC case (optional)
Power
Supply
N/A
400W
Cooling
System
Front
(intake)
120x120x25 mm, 2000rpm, 21dBA
Rear
(exhaust)
Blue LED fan, 120x120x25 mm, 2000rpm, 21dBA
Side
(intake)
90x90x25 mm,1800rpm, 21dBA.
Material
Chassis
0.8 mm All aluminum made
Front Door
Aluminum
Container Load
  346 pcs / 20' container
  714 pcs / 40' container
  802 pcs / 40'HQ container

 

In a market full of aluminium-fronted steel cases, it's nice to see Thermaltake have opted to run with a complete aluminium contruction. This may take away slightly from the rigidity but look at that weight! The 0.8mm aluminium chassis means the case tips the scales at just a shade over 13lbs without the power supply. LAN Party fans take note!

Time for a closer look:

 

 
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