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           Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01-E1C

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Manufacturer :

  Cooler Master

Reviewed by :

 Wayne Brooker

Price :

 £91.49 + VAT

Date :

  16th February, 2004


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Every now and then a product comes along that breaks with convention and really grabs the imagination, though with so many wild and whacky case designs on the market it seemed pretty unlikely that anything refreshing and new was ever likely to spring from such a saturated arena.

CoolerMaster obviously had ideas of their own though. Partly as a result of a little business acquisition they made they introduced a case that set pulses racing and that so many people have asked me about I simply had to get one, and by that I mean BUY one!

The Wave Master is being billed by Cooler Master as a "masterpeice in case design". A bold claim that I hope to investigate a little more closely today.

Here's the specs:


Dimension L540 x W198 x H458 mm
Weight 7.8 kg or 17.2 lb
Material All Aluminum Alloy
M/B Type ATX; 12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5 cm)
Expansion Slots 7
5.25 4 (Exposed)
3.5 1 (Exposed), 4 (Hidden)
Ventilation Dual 80 x 80 x 25 mm fan attached front panelOne 80 x 80 x 25 mm fan attached back panel (Exhaust)
Additional USB 2.0 x 2; MIC x 1; Earphone jack x 1; III E 1394 x 1


The big attention grabber for me is the part that says "All Aluminum Alloy". Coolermaster are not the first case company to add a few curves to the front of an aluminium case, but the major difference here is that while most companies cheat and achieve this effect by manufacturing their front bezels from aluminium coloured plastic, Cooler Master have achieved it using nothing but solid aluminium.

They've not skimped on the aluminium either. There are various panels used in the creation of this case and according to my trusty micrometer they include 5mm and 3mm sheets for the construction of the front, primarily 2mm internally and the thinnest aluminium reserved for the side panels at just 1mm.

Time to get a better look at what Cooler Master have done:



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