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Thermaltake Chassis Has Top-Mounted HDD Dock

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

This chassis allows the user to hot-swap 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives without the need to open the case.

Monday Thermaltake announced the all-black DOKKER, an affordable PC mid-tower case sporting a top-mounted HDD single bay docking station. This dock allows the end-user to hot-swap a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA drive without the need for additional hardware and software. How cool is that?

Featuring a stylish metal-mesh front, the DOKKER chassis supports up to 7 installed fans and up to 10 HDDs using anti-vibration drive bays. The chassis comes packed with a 1300 RPM, 120-cm blue LED fan located at the rear top, however five more optional fans can be mounted on the top and back, and another fan can be mounted on the left side for additional graphics card cooling.

According to Thermaltake, there's also enough room inside the mid-tower to house monster graphics cards such as AMD's Radeon HD 5970 (up to 12.5-inches) and radiators for water-cooled systems.

"For those who prefer even more powerful cooling, the DOKKER is ready for liquid cooling setups with two holes for 1/2-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch water tubes in back," the company said. "Also reserved liquid cooling hole supports high-performance 24-cm, 12-cm water cooling radiator."

Thermaltake's DOKKER measures 18.5 x 7.9 x 19.1-inches and weighs 13.4lb. It also provides three 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch accessible drive bays, and five 5.25-inch and one 2.5-inch hidden device bays. Other features include slots for USB 2.0 and HD audio, tool-free installation of PC cards and storage drives, pre-installed dust filters for fan, PSU and 5.25-inch drive bays, and more.

The DOKKER is currently available on Thermaltake's store for $64.99, however it's listed as "out of stock."

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    rand_79 , November 22, 2010 11:50 PM
    Featuring a stylish metal-mesh front, the DOKKER chassis supports up to 7 installed fans and up to 10 HDDs using anti-vibration drive bays. The chassis comes packed with a 1300 RPM, 120-cm blue LED fan located at the rear top, however five more optional fans can be mounted on the top and back, and another fan can be mounted on the left side for additional graphics card cooling.



    120CM? thats one big fan...
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    Randomacts , November 23, 2010 12:33 AM
    Me like
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    violentlyhappy91 , November 23, 2010 12:39 AM
    Is it just me or is this Thermaltake Case looking dangerously close to the design of the Coolermaster CM-690?
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2010 12:42 AM
    The Cooler Master 690 II is better than this and it too has a hard drive dock.
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    gulmat , November 23, 2010 12:46 AM
    There's a dock station on the TT v6 also, been using this case for a month and it's a realy nice feature!
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    dEAne , November 23, 2010 12:50 AM
    It looks like more of Cooler Master design to me than Thermaltake.
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    crotunno , November 23, 2010 12:52 AM
    Looks like it is available at NewEgg, in stock, just not called DOKKER. http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133180&cm_re=thermaltake-_-11-133-180-_-Product

    And looks like they have a variation that allows 2 to dock at once, along with up front usb 3.0. not bad.

    http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133182&cm_re=thermaltake-_-11-133-182-_-Product
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    the_krasno , November 23, 2010 1:01 AM
    DO WANT. And the price, it's a steal!!!
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    wotan31 , November 23, 2010 1:26 AM
    Seems pretty pointless. Just another gimmick. Hot-swap drive bay sleds have been available for more than 20 years, since the mid 1980's at least. They consume one 5.25" drive bay, but so what, a full tower case has 6 or more such bays. Further, the only reason you'd need to hot-swap a drive, is when you're replacing members of a RAID set, but with only a single hot-swap bay on this new case, RAID isn't even an option. Lastly, if your needs call for only a single removable drive, why not just use an external? Firewire 800 or eSata? Sorry, but case just screams of marketing gimmick to me.
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    theshonen8899 , November 23, 2010 1:42 AM
    I still remember my very first build had a Thermaltake Tsunami. That was a great case...back when they actually had removable hard drive bays to fit larger graphics cards -_-"
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    thorkle , November 23, 2010 1:52 AM
    wotan31Seems pretty pointless. Just another gimmick. Hot-swap drive bay sleds have been available for more than 20 years, since the mid 1980's at least. They consume one 5.25" drive bay, but so what, a full tower case has 6 or more such bays. Further, the only reason you'd need to hot-swap a drive, is when you're replacing members of a RAID set, but with only a single hot-swap bay on this new case, RAID isn't even an option. Lastly, if your needs call for only a single removable drive, why not just use an external? Firewire 800 or eSata? Sorry, but case just screams of marketing gimmick to me.

    I happen to have a lot of hard drives that I just swap in and out of my usb dock, it is a lot cheaper than getting external enclosures for each. It has its uses for cleaning up other peoples hard drives as well, since you can boot off of your computer. You don't need to use their old sloppy hard drive's os this way. It can be very useful outside of RAID situations, but not necessary for the most part.
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    eddieroolz , November 23, 2010 2:10 AM
    The hot swap capability sounds great, but the premium may make it unreasonable.
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    sudeshc , November 23, 2010 3:13 AM
    quite good and its also not that expensive at all.
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    Scanlia , November 23, 2010 3:50 AM
    Sounds like an Advertisment
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    Yuka , November 23, 2010 11:07 AM
    Just leave the optical drive bays at a side (i.e. drop them xD) and let's just start gettin' more HDD bays.

    Cheers!
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    jesusistruth , November 23, 2010 2:13 PM
    Praise the God! He is the truth!
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    dustcrusher , November 23, 2010 4:01 PM
    Don Dokken was going to sue Thermaltake for using his band's name without license, but then he adjusted his glasses.
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    nokz , November 23, 2010 4:44 PM
    needsThe Cooler Master 690 II is better than this and it too has a hard drive dock.

    I have the CM 690 II and I love it. I personally think it looks way better.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2010 7:20 PM
    This case does look a lot like CM 690 II which the top-loading dock. No news here at all.