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Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Weighing in at about 9 pounds completely naked, the Lanfire VM2000AD tries to hit the mark with gamers who do not need all of the bulk and features of a full mid tower case. The Lanfire VM2000AD is a bit smaller and not quite as full featured at the Xaser III Super Tower Series, which continues to be the top rung in the Thermaltake case offering ladder. The Lanfire features a variety of cool features that are sure to please many with a price point that makes this case very competitive when compared to offerings from other manufacturers.

The inside of the VM2000AD.

The construction of the Lanfire VM2000AD is 0.8mm gauge aluminum with a touch of plastic here and there. At 0.8mm, there is a noticeable difference in the thickness when compared to other cases. While the Lanfire VM2000AD did exhibit some twist and a little more bend than normal, we could not consider this to be unacceptable. It is obvious, however, that the thickness is less than many other aluminum case offerings, but the case is sturdy and should prove to be durable over the long haul. Also of note is that Thermaltake goes the extra mile by protecting the windowed side panel with plastic sheeting on both sides to prevent damages and scratches prior to assembly.

The interior of the case is similar in many aspects to designs that we have seen from other companies. While Thermaltake does not manufacture the cases, they design and configure the features and options that go into these products. The inside of the case features a combination of construction techniques that include rolled edges, smooth finish, rivet construction and heavy cross members. This allows the Lanfire VM2000AD to offer a sturdy construction, without adding the extra weight that makes other cases such monsters to transport. We would rate the construction quality as excellent, but then again we have seen an internal design like this before, so we were not surprised by the results.

Lanfire VM2000AD uses a four fan configuration for cooling. An 80mm fan located in the front of the case is used as an air intake, while being exhausted out of the rear of the case using a 90mm fan located in the rear. A 90mm fan is located inset into the window of the Lanfire VM2000AD, along with an 80mm fan on the other side panel in the hard drive cage area to add additional cooling. This cooling configuration works well and was not as noisy as many other similar configurations that we have seen. Thermaltake uses its own trademark orange fans in the Lanfire VM2000AD. We rate the cooling performance as excellent and among the best of the cases in this review.

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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