2003 Winter Case Review Part 1: MicroATX Case Madness

Super Flower/TTGI - TT-103

From SuperFlower/TTGI is another Micro/ATX case : the TT-103. The TT-103 is radically different from the other Micro/ATX cases reviewed here due to its desktop oriented configuration. As with the Antec Minuet, the TT-103 is primarily silver colored, which helps to distinguish it from other Micro/ATX cases reviewed here. Certainly, this attractive silver finish comes at the expense of creating an interesting configuration that is considerably more compact than the other cases we reviewed in this review. The TT-103, similar to the Minuet, is configured for use by only half-height cards ; this limits the use of the case in configurations where there is a need to use a full height PCI/AGP card solution. From the start you will notice that the TT-103 is smaller and more compact than other solutions that we have tested, but the limitation of only being able to utilize half height PCI/AGP cards might turn some potential purchasers off. Regardless of this, we gave the TT-103 an up close and personal look, as this elegant case deserves recognition for its innovative design and look.

Number Of Internal 3-½ Bays 1
Number Of External 3-½ Bays 1
Number Of External 5-¼ Bays 1
Number Of Case Fans Supported 1 - 40mm
Construction Material 1.0 mm Lightweight Aluminum
Power Supply Details Morex 200 Watt Optional
Special Features Front mount USB & Audio ports ; removable internal drive plate configuration ; innovative thermal design using single side air flow technique
Size 4.0"(H) x 16.0"(D) x 12.75"(W) (In desktop configuration)
Sample Case Provided By http://www.ttgiusa.com
Estimated Cost $79.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating 7
Construction Quality Rating 8
Overall Case Rating 7

This case was very difficult to open (and we have opened many, many computer cases over the years) and there was no included documentation, which means that this Micro/ATX case is not recommended for novice users. Certainly, the mystery of how to open the case grew as we examined the configuration of the chassis, and the absence of instructions further hampered our efforts to open the TT-103. While it is obvious that SuperFlower/TTGI was trying to create an innovative solution, we have never encountered a case where the primary case design was to make it nearly impossible for the user to remove the case.

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