Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review :: Exterior

05-01-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Ben Sun

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review PCI Slots

PCI Slots

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Top rear view

Top rear view

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Top front view

Top front view

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Leads

Leads


Opening the side panel we discover the left side window has the aforementioned air duct that covers the CPU area. You can remove the air duct and install a 120mm or smaller fan in this position. There is another 120mm fan mount below that where the video card would normally sit on the motherboard. There are 16 small push pins holding the window onto the left side panel.


Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Rear fan

Rear fan

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Drive bays

Drive bays

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review HDD Rack

HDD Rack

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review HDD rack fan

HDD rack fan


The motherboard tray is not removable and is designed to fit motherboards of Micro ATX and Standard ATX form factors. There are six raised standoffs that cannot be removed to mount the motherboard but you should use the standoffs in the bundle as well. The 7 PCI slot covers need to be punched out to use them, meaning that you will have to use another cover if you need to cover up a hole. To use the PCI slot locking mechanism, simply squeeze the two tabs move it down and lock it into place.


Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Side of HDD Rack

Side of HDD Rack

Thermaltake M9 V1100 Case Review Rear of HDD rack

Rear of HDD rack


The left hand side of the case has nine 5.25" drive bays for optical and HDDs. Note that the HDD module can be moved up and down by removing the metal covers from the drive bay. The HDD module has a 120mm fan that blows air and is attached to the front of the module. Installing an optical drive is a simple matter of removing the cover, removing the plate and sliding it into place. To mount the drive simply places the locks over the screw holes and push it into place, easy as pie. The right side of the case has only the side hole between the motherboard and the drive bays for cable management. It would have been nice to see holes for good cable management. The front panel connectors include: a 2-pin power LED, a 3-pin Power LED, Power SW, Reset SW, HDD LED, USB, AC'97 and HD Audio leads.