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Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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We experimented with using just the two side panel intake fans as well as the additional front-mounted fan. The results were very similar, but there was a slight improvement within the margin of error with the front fan installed. Obviously, the VM-3000A had no problems passing our testing process.

The Hardcano that is installed at the top of the VM-3000A is a combination of a port transfer device, temperature monitor, and fan bus controller with LCD display. It is a nice addition to the VM-3000A.

The most important special feature on the VM-3000A is the Hardcano that is installed at the top of the case. This device is a combination temperature monitor, fan bus controller and transfer panel. The transfer panel element of the Hardcano includes ports for USB and 1394/Firewire, but unfortunately no MIC and headphone jack. This is puzzling, as the majority of gamers use voice gaming clients to communicate that require them to be plugged into the MIC and headphone jacks. Since Thermaltake has designed this case clearly for gamers we are surprised that Thermaltake would omit such an important feature, considering how much support they lend to the LAN party community. Thus, users will be forced to plug their headsets behind their VM-3000A instead of enjoying the convenience of front-mounted MIC and headphone ports.

The fan bus and temperature monitoring LCD display of the Hardcano worked quite well. The adjustable colored backlit display was easy to read from some distance, depending on the type of backlighting being used. Control of the Hardcano was very easy to understand, due to Thermaltake’s excellent manual that accompanies the VM-3000A. As with the previous Thermaltake case reviewed earlier in this article, Thermaltake’s new manual rivals only Antec in the quality and quantity of information provided for new users.

The VM-3000A Skull Series is an excellent case. It features an innovative, top-notch design with excellent new engineering features. We were impressed by the quality of the VM-3000A. While we were not in love with the flashing EL skull logos on the front of the case, some buyers will undoubtedly appreciate this feature. The only other criticism we can make of this chassis is that we did not particularly like the sliders that were used to secure the side panel ; these sliders were somewhat stiff and difficult to work with. Thermaltake has done an excellent job in its design and production of the VM-3000A, and if you like its innovative design, there is no reason not to consider purchasing this well engineered 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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