During our installation process, we loaded the following components into the chassis:
|Processor:||Intel Pentium 4 530 (3.0GHz)|
|Motherboard:||DFI LANPARTY UT 915P-T12|
|Memory:||2 x 512MB Corsair XMS PC4400|
|Graphics Card:||Gigabyte 6600GT 128MB|
|Hard Drives:||Hitachi 80GB SATA|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On DVD-ROM|
|Power Supply:||Thermaltake PurePower 460W|
Throughout the entire installation process, we found all of the above-mentioned parts to install relatively easy. In fact, compared against other previously reviewed cases, it was an incredibly smooth installation. At first, we were a bit skeptical about the internal 3.5" hard drive mounting, but in the end we were impressed with the new mounting method. For whatever reason, we did find that when installing devices in the 5.25" bays, the tool-less rails did have a tendency of getting stuck against the frame, requiring a relatively large amount of force to be applied in order to freely remove the drive. Overall we were very much impressed by and enjoyed the smooth installation with the ThermalRock Eclipse ATX chassis.
Not only were we impressed by the smooth installation with the ThermalRock Eclipse, but we also enjoyed the rather appealing design of the front panel and also side panel. Although the Eclipse hasn't re-defined the meaning of a tool-less chassis, unlike the recently reviewed Foxconn TV-544 & TP-544 ATX Towers, they have brought forward an incredibly attractive case. In addition, the CD holder and thumbscrew HDD mounting were two of the new intriguing features. We're sure we'll be hearing more about ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, over the coming weeks and months, and when we do we'll be sure to report back on all of our new findings.
· Mostly tool-less mounting
· Front CD holder
· Five internal HDD bays
· Easy installation
· Great build quality
· Not entirely tool-less
· No removable motherboard tray
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