Thermaltake Tsunami Case

gamer1000k

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I'm thinking about a Thermaltake Tsunami case for my new gaming rig. I was wondering what your opinions of this case are.
 

QueBert

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I just bought one. this is my 2 week with it run down

+ light
+ drive rails are nice
+ comes with decent fans (are a bit loud not too bad)

- panels are thin and flimsly
- shiny look, looks plastic like to me (just my opinion)
- space inside cramped, much more then my Kingwin 424


that is my 30 second mini review. it's a nice case. Will be better when I get the fans on a controller so I can RPM them down
 

QueBert

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Originally posted by: gamer1000k
What are your recommendations for a fan controller?

depends on your budget. I have a Coolermaster Areogate, it has a nice LCD screen, and supports up to 4 fans. Thermaltake has the new Hardcano 13, this thing is beautiful, but expensive. I think it's almost 70 bucks on Newegg.

You only need a fan controller if you want to tone down the sound from the fans. You could replace all the fans in the case with quiet ones for probably less then a decent fan controller.

And I'll be honest, the case isn't that loud stock. I have my pc in my room on 24/7. And I never had a problem sleeping.

Another - for the case, no removable motherboard tray.

 

Trikat

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Antec P180 has no window, but it has great engineering to "combat" sound and heat.
 

joejccva

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Honestly I don't like how the P180 looks. Just a matter of opinion. I like the way the Tsunami cases look and they have great airflow from what I understand. I'm still deciding on getting a Tsunami as they are a little pricey. I just want the best airflow and designed case for $100 w/o PSU that I can buy.
 

gamer1000k

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Originally posted by: QueBert

Another - for the case, no removable motherboard tray.

I thought that the case descriptions said that the Tsunami has a removable motherboard tray.
 

joejccva

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Originally posted by: frx218
Meh I was about to buy one, after seeing it in person I changed my mind.


Tsunami cases are hard to beat from what I hear as far as air flow. And for the price. It's my understanding that very few cases for the price beat it.
 

BKF

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I've got the Tsunami case and like it. However, it's airflow leaves a bit to be desired.

I've got a LGA775 3.4 (non-OC) Prescott that was reaching 65 or so with stock cooling in the Tsunami case. I replaced the stock cooler with a XP-90, which dropped load temps to around 55-60. That still seemed too high. I tried moving the computer closer to a window where it would be able to draw in cooler air. It helped occasionally for a couple degrees, but I think that's just been the weather changes.

I finally took the side door off and temps dropped into the mid 40s at idle and high 40s/low 50s under load on a hot day. This tells me the case just isn't letting go of the heat as well as expected. I think part of this might be the fact that the XP-90's fan is perpendicular and like 1 quarter inch away from the rear exhaust fan. That can't be good for proper airflow over the CPU. You've got a 120mm exhaust fan fighting to blow air out, while a 92mm fan on the XP-90 is trying to blow air in a different direction right next to it.

I'm looking at the new CoolerMaster mid-tower version of the Stacker, called the Stacker RC-830. It's due out in a month or so and I'll be moving to that case the minute I can get my hands on one.

The Tsunami case was a fine case in the winter, but when temps around here are 90-105 F in the summer, I'm finding out this case just doesn't cut it for me. I really do like it, though, so it's a shame.
 

CalvinHobbes

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I love my Tsunami case. Very easy to put everything in to. The only issue I had was with my 6800GT which is a long card. I just had to make sure there wasn't a hard drive in the bay closest to the video card, not a big deal at all. Internal temp is usually around 25°-29°C. I replaced the side 92MM fan with a high performance fan.
 

joejccva

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Originally posted by: CalvinHobbes
I love my Tsunami case. Very easy to put everything in to. The only issue I had was with my 6800GT which is a long card. I just had to make sure there wasn't a hard drive in the bay closest to the video card, not a big deal at all. Internal temp is usually around 25°-29°C. I replaced the side 92MM fan with a high performance fan.


Which exact fan did you replace it with? Can you give me a name and model #? or a link? Thanks!