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Thermaltake's $99 Case Packs SATA HDD Dock

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You don't have to spend hundreds to get a case with cool features.

Cases might not garner big headlines but they're extremely important for the enthusiast building their own PC. When it comes to cases, convenience and accessibility are high on the list of priorities for most people.

Budget cases can be picked up for half nothing but you won't get any of the fancy features commonly associated with higher end cases. However, Thermaltake has announced a $99 case with one feature that's definitely worth the money they're asking: an integrated SATA HDD dock.

The V9 BlacX Edition is the world's first mid-tower chassis to have an integrated dual-bay docking station up front and easily accessible. Fully integrated with no need for a power source or USB connection, this nifty little feature allows for easy swapping of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA HDDs.

Oh, and that little blue USB port at the front is for USB 3.0.

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    sabot00 , June 22, 2010 4:36 AM
    chickenhoagielooks like a really nice case. looks well worth the $99my father has a similar case with all the tricky fans on the side and it keeps his quad core Q9550 at 17 degrees idle and only up to 24 degrees on full blast! very impressive what those fans can do

    So your room temp is like 15C? I doubt it.
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    Arethel , June 22, 2010 3:15 AM
    *stunned*

    That's one of the most popular case mods people ask me to do for them...
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    chickenhoagie , June 22, 2010 3:13 AM
    looks like a really nice case. looks well worth the $99


    my father has a similar case with all the tricky fans on the side and it keeps his quad core Q9550 at 17 degrees idle and only up to 24 degrees on full blast! very impressive what those fans can do
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    matt314 , June 22, 2010 3:14 AM
    Didnt you guys already post this? I've seen this somewhere...
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    Arethel , June 22, 2010 3:15 AM
    *stunned*

    That's one of the most popular case mods people ask me to do for them...
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    rkelly1 , June 22, 2010 3:16 AM
    that actually seems pretty decent. could be useful for techs that are scanning harddrives or just for data moving to another drive.
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    jvc21 , June 22, 2010 3:16 AM
    That's one heck of a case for the price!

    USB 3.0, SATA HDD Dock, Thermaltake? I'm in for one ^^
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    jimmysmitty , June 22, 2010 3:17 AM
    Its a nice case for a nice price. Would work great for my job where I take apart laptops and sometimes have to pull the HDDs out and use a external SATA or IDE port to pull data that tend to work maybe 50% of the time.

    But for home, I still want me a Xaser VI.
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    klavis , June 22, 2010 3:25 AM
    That's pretty pimp. I'd most likely use it for that price.
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    MadAdmiral , June 22, 2010 3:28 AM
    I'm always a fan of cheap, feature packed cases, so I'd definitely consider it. I wouldn't really have any use for the HDD dock, and it looks kind of silly. I guess it would make people think I'm really serious about hardware...
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    Pyroflea , June 22, 2010 3:30 AM
    Now THAT'S a feature. I'm surprised it's taken this long for manufacturers to catch on to something as simple, but useful as this. Good on 'em.
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    poorya_user , June 22, 2010 4:24 AM
    99$ is not cheap where I am living, but Oh my god its 100% worth. USB3 , HDD dock!!! So cool.
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    sabot00 , June 22, 2010 4:36 AM
    chickenhoagielooks like a really nice case. looks well worth the $99my father has a similar case with all the tricky fans on the side and it keeps his quad core Q9550 at 17 degrees idle and only up to 24 degrees on full blast! very impressive what those fans can do

    So your room temp is like 15C? I doubt it.
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    MrHectorEric , June 22, 2010 4:43 AM
    I'd prefer it more if the all the internal HDD slots were SATA docks. Although I tend to stay away from mid towers since I've been burned a couple times with large video cards not fitting in some cases. Hard to know for sure until you buy it and try.
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    avinash1234 , June 22, 2010 4:44 AM
    i think it is now available at newegg for 75$ with $25rebate...i m not sure
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133074
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    buzznut , June 22, 2010 4:52 AM
    Well, its hard to tell from the pics but I can tell you that the BlacX peripheral I bought for $40 was well worth it and then some. I use it constantly with all the pc's of my friends and family and the maintenance I perform. Hate the USB 2.0 speed though.
    For formatting and such, I will typically just install the disc into my tower. USB is too slow.
    Can't tell from the article, I would hope they are using a SATA connection for the drives.
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    joytech22 , June 22, 2010 5:06 AM
    I guess that USB 3.0 port will only be good for AMD users, or Intel users shelling out the bucks for a PCIE adapter.
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    samwelaye , June 22, 2010 5:12 AM
    joytech22I guess that USB 3.0 will only be good for AMD users, or Intel users shelling out the bucks for a PCIE adapter.


    Too bad thats false, neither platform has official support of USB 3.0 yet
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    joytech22 , June 22, 2010 5:22 AM
    samwelayeToo bad thats false, neither platform has official support of USB 3.0 yet


    I thought AMD already had motherboards with full built-in USB 3.0.
    890 Chipset anybody?

    EDIT: Proof: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3420#ov
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    soulfringe , June 22, 2010 5:25 AM
    I was considering the Half X 942 case, but with this being half the price, I may reconsider.
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    dEAne , June 22, 2010 5:48 AM
    Yeah this is good, USB 3.0, SATA HDD Dock - easy mounting - Most of my builds were Cooler Master but I see this one a competition.
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    matt87_50 , June 22, 2010 6:09 AM
    lol at the shoe-horned way of getting back plate only usb3.0 to the front panel. that's cool!
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