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Thermaltake Tower 900 Vertical Super Tower Chassis Review - It's a tower and it's super! Thermaltake's new Tower 900 is not close to your typical PC computer enclosure. It is built for a very specific customer; the enthusiast that wants plenty of room to do highly customized build and then have the ability to easily show it off is the target demographic for this chassis.
 
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The first thing I thought of when I saw the press photos was Claw machine, thanks for the photoshop guys.

It is an interesting design and I bet there will be some great looking custom loops in this case.
 

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I need to see a picture of this thing with someone standing next to it. It looks massive! Any word on an ITX version?
 

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nice article as always! "call it a show case because, if we are being totally honest, that's exactly what it is". that was my exact thought when I saw it too. "show case" should be a new category for this and the p3/5, the dg-87 anything with big glass panels where the guts are wide open. some custom loops deserve to be show cased!
someone could probably mod this into a claw game pretty easy and that would be awesome!
 

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Finished reading, I'm honestly surprised it only costs $250. Now I really want to build a new computer with dual quad radiators in separate loops with this, but I was really planning to skip sli this time since it's almost not worth it anymore. Much to think on, thank you for the review!
 

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Wow, that seems....

...kind of excessive.

Still, a lot cheaper than I would have expected in a world where CaseLabs cases top out at over $700 and Silverstones top Temjin cases cost over $600.

As an enthusiast with a custom water loop, I could always use more space, I'm just not sure I want what is essentially a display case for my computer though. I prefer mine tucked away quiet in a corner, mostly unnoticed.
 

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Finished reading, I'm honestly surprised it only costs $250. Now I really want to build a new computer with dual quad radiators in separate loops with this, but I was really planning to skip sli this time since it's almost not worth it anymore. Much to think on, thank you for the review!


Yeah, dual quad radiators would be fantastic. You could pretty much keep those fans on low speed all the time and never worry about noise.

Even my build with a 3x 140mm and a 2x monster 140mm occasionally needs to get louder than I'd like it (but a large part of this is due to my older 32nm Sandy-E at 1.45V and 4.8Ghz. That thing puts out A LOT of heat)

Why would you build them in separate loops though? For looks?

My philosophy is that given the same amount of radiator capacity and same heat generating components, the worse a single loop is going to perform is equal to a dual loop. 99.9% of the time you won't have both loops maxing out at the same time, so a single loop will actually perform better.
 
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I kept telling my self it's silly to build another custom water loop. But then I saw this and i'm pricing water blocks again lol. Wife is going to kill me. Going to be close to 1k for the case and loop haha. Thing is so pimp.
 
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My first impulse is to call it a big, tacky tower. There's just something I like about a display case for a tower though.

It's like a fish tank, but for dust!

Edit: Read the article, saw the photoshop, smiled. Then read the price, cried tears of laughter, some pee may have escaped.
 

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Looks like a 3D printer.

Damn that thing is huge and 50+ pounds empty?

Are you guys giving away a white one?? Hint. Hint.!!!
 

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Finished reading, I'm honestly surprised it only costs $250. Now I really want to build a new computer with dual quad radiators in separate loops with this, but I was really planning to skip sli this time since it's almost not worth it anymore. Much to think on, thank you for the review!

Compared to a lot of other $250-300 cases, this case lacks most of the electronic goodies; no fans, no/limited lighting, no fan controller, etc.

Wow, that seems....

...kind of excessive.

Still, a lot cheaper than I would have expected in a world where CaseLabs cases top out at over $700 and Silverstones top Temjin cases cost over $600.

As an enthusiast with a custom water loop, I could always use more space, I'm just not sure I want what is essentially a display case for my computer though. I prefer mine tucked away quiet in a corner, mostly unnoticed.

Regarding CaseLabs prices, you are comparing a painted steel and plastic case made in China vs a powdered coated aluminum case made in the U.S.
 

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Compared to a lot of other $250-300 cases, this case lacks most of the electronic goodies; no fans, no/limited lighting, no fan controller, etc.



Regarding CaseLabs prices, you are comparing a painted steel and plastic case made in China vs a powdered coated aluminum case made in the U.S.


Fair enough, but do you really need aluminum?

I mean, it looks the same, and my case will never be going to space, so weight isn't really a concern :p
 
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Fair enough, but do you really need aluminum?

I mean, it looks the same, and my case will never be going to space, so weight isn't really a concern :p

It's more longevity than weight. After 5-6 years, your Case Labs will still look good and be in great shape (after some dusting). That TT case will probably not hold up as well over time. Plastic cracks and discolors, paint fades. You can go back to Case Labs and get new parts a piece at a time for anything that breaks. TT will probably stop making parts for that one after a year or two.

Don't get me wrong, Case Labs stuff is a bit overpriced, but it's not all just hype or brand name you're buying. They are legitimately very high-quality cases.
 

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Anyhow I had been looking for new case to replace my 7 year old CM stormtrooper black no window and had been leaning towards the Core P5 but this was announced. I pre-ordered Friday Dec 3 and it shipped the same day through the Amazon link even though they listed the release date as Dec 5th. Will arrive Thursday Dec 8th.

Love the actually review here on this one and I learned my current cpu cooler is not gonna work H110i, gonna have to rig it someway until I look into some loops for the first time. I just kind of assumed it would work to start with since it list the correct radiator size but did not think about the AIO tubing lengths. I am sure I can figure something out as it will be a couple of months for me to even start looking at custom loops or even kits.
 

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Fair enough, but do you really need aluminum?

I mean, it looks the same, and my case will never be going to space, so weight isn't really a concern :p

Having a TH10 made out of aluminum rather than steel made it much easier to move without disassembly. On a day-to-day basis, the nature of the case acts like a full chassis heatsink similar to the way some of those ancient apple computers were supposed to cool off.
 

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If I didn't already have a TT Core X9 I would get the TT Tower 900. Looks to fully suit my needs in every way possible. Thanks for the review, [H]!
 

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Some clarification in the article is needed. On page 4 you state: "The chassis supports up to thirteen 120mm or six 140mm fans total. The mounting locations on either side of the case can accommodate up to four 120mm or two 140mm fans." However, the line drawings just below that clearly show that every fan location can accept either a 120mm or a 140mm fan.

In addition, in the paragraph that follows the line drawings you state: "The sides of the chassis supports either a 240mm, 280mm 360mm or a 480mm radiators..." but the line drawing shows that up to a 540mm radiator can be installed on the sides.

So who is right Steve or Thermaltake? :D:D:D
 

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Can you show me how the cables route on the back,

aka it actually set up to work.

My current computer has 6 video cables 6 sound cables 2 network cables 5 usb cables

how is all that going to come out of the top (back?) of the case???
 

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So who is right Steve or Thermaltake? :D:D:D

Thermaltake. :D

Not sure how I omitted the 540mm but it has since been fixed.

Can you show me how the cables route on the back,

aka it actually set up to work.

Bottom of page 5 shows cable routing for a complete running system running 4 hard drives, 3 video cards. The only cable not plugged in is the HDD power cable because it blocked the view of the SATA cables.
 
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I think he means coming out of the top of the case. Where you plug in your keyboard , mouse , HDMI cables and all that. Which would normally be the back of your case. Where they have a cover going over it. I was wondering the samething my self. Thanks
 

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I couldn't do it. Reminds me too much of a popcorn machine.

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Can you show me how the cables route on the back,

aka it actually set up to work.

My current computer has 6 video cables 6 sound cables 2 network cables 5 usb cables

how is all that going to come out of the top (back?) of the case???

I looked around and couldn't find any photos of it actually set up to use, however I believe the five slots at the top cover facing the rear are where you would pass through your cables, see http://www.hardocp.com/image/MTQ3OTc0MTc3NU5vYklHTk1JQjdfM181X2wuanBn
 

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I looked around and couldn't find any photos of it actually set up to use, however I believe the five slots at the top cover facing the rear are where you would pass through your cables, see http://www.hardocp.com/image/MTQ3OTc0MTc3NU5vYklHTk1JQjdfM181X2wuanBn

That's the only thing that has me on the fence. I don't have 6 video and 6 audio connections like Shaten but even trivial connections look difficult because you can't remove the top per this video:



He talks about the top starting about 13:50

How do you even plug things in back there??? How are you going to flip the tab on the network cable...
 

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I think he means coming out of the top of the case.

...but even trivial connections look difficult because you can't remove the top per this video

The top of the chassis is completely removable, no tools required. It literally just lifts off giving you access to the I/O area. You can see this on page 3 (back of the chassis / cable holes / top of the chassis completely removed). There are slots all along the back of the top panel for cable routing which is pretty obvious given that they are literally the only holes to route cables through. We had no cable issues with routing cables with three DVI cables, keyboard, mouse and audio cables using the designated cable holes.
 
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i'm holding out for a more air-cooling friendly version of this, but it's a really cool case for sure
 
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If I was going to water cool I'd think about this, my desk and PC are just outside my theater so making it look like a popcorn machine would be awesome.
 

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Good for Thermaltake coming up with something over the top crazy.

What makes me sad is that you know someone out there is going to buy one just for air cooling.

Anyway, I think people need to understand that this isn't a case for 90% of people. This is for the small percentage that want to be able to show off a crazy high end system with a custom loop or two.
 

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Good for Thermaltake coming up with something over the top crazy.

What makes me sad is that you know someone out there is going to buy one just for air cooling.

Anyway, I think people need to understand that this isn't a case for 90% of people. This is for the small percentage that want to be able to show off a crazy high end system with a custom loop or two.
Hey Now!!! I resemble that statement!!!

I'm an air cooling junkie. Thanks to Thermaltake and an early water cooler that turned me off of them ironically.
 
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