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Thermaltake RSI H SD100

The final product to be discussed in this review is the RSI H SD100 model from Thermaltake, a famous brand on this market. Thermaltake is mostly known for its large system cases, though.

Thermaltake has always excelled in making its products look splendid through a clever design of the front panel. Thermaltake system cases are often questionable in terms of interior design and price, but their appearance is generally beyond competition. The SD100 looks excellent, for example. Although the individual elements (solid black paint, glossy metal, a glossy plastic front panel, neat round silvery buttons and a silvery strip crossing the front panel) are quite trivial and can be found in other system cases, they are so well matched here that produce a most harmonious and attractive exterior.

The front interfaces and buttons are located in the corners of the front panel. Two audio connectors and two USB ports are on the left while the Power and Reset buttons (these two differ in size) are on the right together with a single LED indicator.

 

You can use the pair of plastic supports to orient the system case upright but we wouldn’t recommend doing so. The SD100 doesn’t look good then, mostly because the right panel (which performs the duties of a bottom panel if the system case is positioned horizontally) shows its four soft feet. The feet are not ugly, but spoil the overall charm of a glossy device.

The top and right panels of the system case (if it is positioned horizontally) have vent holes. The panels that can be bottom ones are blank.

The back panel suggests that this system case is meant for fully integrated mini-ITX mainboards as there are no expansion-slot brackets here. The Thermaltake TT-120AL5NH power supply indicates a possibly high level of noise, sporting a 40mm fan. The PSU has a power rating of 120 watts and the following cables and connectors:

  • Mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (33 cm)
  • CPU cable with a 4-pin connector (33 cm)
  • One cable with a SATA power connector, two PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug (13+5+19+5 cm)

There are two things you can see in the photo. There is a 60mm fan next to the right side panel. Active cooling is always welcome but why is this fan installed opposite to the drives rather than to the mainboard where it would cool the CPU heatsink?

We can also see that the interior is not utilized properly: there is a large unused part of it in front of the power supply.

Prior to installing the mainboard, you should take off the intricately shaped HDD mounting frame. Besides carrying disk drives, it makes the system case more robust by connecting the front and back panels. This is quite important for the SD100 because its chassis is made from 0.6mm steel.

There is a strict order as to the installation of drives. First you fasten a 3.5-inch HDD using small vibration-absorbing pads. Next you install your optical drive which will block the access to the mounting screws of the HDD.

The assembly process is quite easy overall and doesn’t need much commenting upon. You may only have some difficulty laying the cables out in a neat way. Try tucking them into the unused space in front of the power supply.

If you are going to use a separate cooler, we can inform you that this system case leaves but 55 millimeters of height for it.

 
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