Two and a half decades ago, back in the year 1990, Enermax was one of the first companies to provide power supplies to first generation computer builders and case modders. Over all of those years they have been a strong component in one of the harshest and least understood business’s of computer parts market; the oh so enigmatic power supply.
What’s in a name? Well the answer for power supplies is not much. While many companies sell power supplies, eighty percent of them farm out their units to be built by only a handful of world manufacturers of power plants for our rigs. Some merely take what is offered by the manufacturers and have their name pasted on the outer box and stickers on the side of the metal chassis. Some have engineers that require strict standards and implement certain technologies, modular parts to be added and some like Enermax makes their own and I put this brand on my top 3 of all computer power supply makers in the world for reliability and performance.
But this review is not about power supplies at all. It’s really about the Enermax Thormax Giant full tower case. What you get for your money is the most important part of what a company can do for its customers and is a leading indicator of the quality of that company and its associates. Enermax does this very well.
With the Thormax Giant, Enermax has bucked the trend of most case companies taking computer cases to new and smaller levels. But this full tower has lots of space for water cooling while still keeping a server’s dose of storage media at the same time. This case is big and proud of its size. When I first started case modding back in Mid-2007 this was the kind of case we took seriously. The smaller ones were mostly prebuilt models like Gateway or IBM but now the smaller ones are some of the most popular. Back in that time the case I personally wanted was even bigger than this one here, so it took me a long time to get used to mid-towers and smaller M-ITX cases, but I still have a lot of love for the big cases of the past and now.
If only I would have been able to buy this Enermax Thormax Giant case back in 2007 it would have been my first choice hands down. With all the great list of features like high performance ventilation, super cool Enermax Vegas lighted fans and an abundant amount of space for installing pretty much anything you want to in it there is not much to say that is negative about this case. I have already seen how a dual Processor/quad line of memory sticks fit into this case and Quad SLI video stacked to the gills and the case still looks like it needs more, and while in the features it says that it fits a 360 mm radiator at the top it may do that but it’s actually built perfectly for a 240 or 280 fat radiator with push/pull fans. I have read over and over how this case can take the 360mm radiator and I will mount one just to show whether it does or not. Actually the best way to cool this is with a couple of 240 or 280 at the top and bottom of this case; maybe for the cooler for the video cards down low and the cooling for the processor up top.
This is a big case hence the word “giant” in the name but it also is very well decorated with angles and shapes to inspire hundreds of different theme ideas for the Modder or builder that still loves the look of a huge case sitting next to him or her.
This is a strong corrugated box and made for carrying this big boy to your door without any problem. It’s not the water resistant box but the regular tear resistant type. Also if there is something minimalist about this case it’s the front of the box. Very WYSIWYG, or what you see is what you get. I haven’t seen that term in a while and I had to use it.
The two sides of the box are simple as well. On one side is a simple checked area to show what the contents of the box and the bottom is the size of the box, while the other side has a full scale chart of the specification of the Enermax Thormax Giant.
The back does a great job showing the features of this case and the options that you can have by using this case for your next build.
Enermax follows the tried and true packaging process that most cases companies use to get our new cases to our homes and business’s today. But the grade of packing foam is different for most all companies as this is a great cost cutting measure so the Enermax Styrofoam is thick and very stiff and strong and its built to hold onto a big case and take it around the world without any wear and tear to the inside contents; unless it gets dropped from 75 feet or gets crushed by a forklift operator on a bad day. But this packaging is great for cost effective Styrofoam.
The Plastic is strong and clear and will not stretch out of shape at a whim or tear easily. It’s not what I call the body bag variety but it’s not the same stuff you wrap your lunch in. Its thick and it keeps the “Enermax Thormax Giant” full tower case clean and neat no matter the weather conditions it’s shipped in.
There is also some of that static plastic covering or coating on both sides of the acrylic windows and this is very important for every case and the Enermax Thormax keeps the windows nicely shiny by covering inside and out with static covering. This can keep the inside wires from bumming up the glass and I noticed absolutely no problems in the way Enermax finished the packaging. It’s well enough to handle even that wacked out delivery guy that just found out his wife left him for the mailman.