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Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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As with all Cooler Master cases that we have reviewed from their high-end Series, the quality of the construction of the Wave Master is exceptional. Cooler Master goes the extra mile to ensure that there are no rough edges inside the chassis. This case is sturdy, and uses a variety of riveting techniques to secure the pieces of the case together. We did not see this as a disadvantage in the construction of the TAC-T01-EK. The internal makeup of the TAC-T01-EK has not evolved that much from previous Cooler Master offerings. It is clear that Cooler Master spent their design efforts and time working out the "kinks" from previous versions of their case Series; they certainly have worked magic once again with the TAC-T01-EK. While we were disappointed by the lack of newer innovations, we were not disappointed by the TAC-T01-EK's lack of bend or twist to its chassis. This solid rivet construction principle has enabled Cooler Master to offer a very sturdy case. Weighing in at slightly more than 17 pounds, this case is highly transportable, but still not a lightweight case.

As with previous generations of other Cooler Master cases, Cooler Master has upgraded the TAC-T01-EK to now include two 80mm fans that are located in the front of the case behind the sculpted bezel design. This was one of the major criticisms of the earlier revisions of the ATCS-TEK that we previously reviewed. Cooler Master's cooling upgrade allows for improved intake of large quantities of air that are exhausted by a single 80mm fan in the rear of the case. While the TAC-T01-EK does not offer a filter mechanism to stop those unwanted dust bunnies from being sucked into the case, Cooler Master tries to reduce this effect by offsetting the ventilation intake holes to reduce the amount of dust that will be picked up from the front air intake.

During our testing, the TAC-T01-EK performed quite well on overall cooling capability; still, Cooler Master might want to relocate the rear 80mm fan down toward the PCI/AGP slots to sneak another 80mm fan in the rear of the case. This would provide this case with even more exceptional cooling potential. While there are worse choices for overclockers, this case would be in the middle of the pack as far as its friendliness toward high-end overclockers. Many of those consumers will favor a case that is less cramped than the TAC-T01-EK and opt for one that offers more rear exhaust for cooling than the TAC-T01-EK provides.

A spring loaded flip-up door on the top of the case is used to hide the selection of easy access ports for the TAC-T01-EK. Should you not want to use this option, the port assembly can be replaced with the included grill to support an additional 80mm fan in the top of the case.
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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