Most enthusiasts that have been building for at least a few years most likely have used something with the Thermaltake logo on it. Thermaltake has a wide variety of products: cases; fans; CPU, GPU, hard drive, and chipset coolers; liquid cooling; power supplies; storage solutions; and various other stuff.
Having used several Tt coolers in the past, until recently I had never had the pleasure of owning a Thermaltake tower case, a Xaser VI full tower. It is an incredible case, the nicest I've had my hands on. So, it stands to reason I expect a lot from any Thermaltake case I get from now on, chiefly high quality and innovation.
Today I will be looking at the Thermaltake M9, a mid-tower that appears to take some of its inspiration from the Xaser VI. Will it meet my expectations of a Thermaltake case? Stay tuned to find out.
Model - VI1000BWS
Case Type - Mid Tower
Side Panel - Transparent window
Net Weight - 6.4 kg / 14.1 lb
Dimension (H*W*D) - 440.0 x 200.0 x 495.0 mm (17.3 x 7.9 x 19.5 inch)
- Front (intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
- Rear (exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25 mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
- 5.25" Drive Bay - 9 or 6
- 3.5" external Drive Bay - 1 (converted from one 5.25" bay)
- 3.5 " internal Drive Bay - 3
Material - SECC
Color - Black
Expansion Slots - 7
Motherboards - Micro ATX , Standard ATX
-9 Drive Bays - 9 5.25" drive bay, swappable to 3.5" drive bay using HDD cage
-High efficiency ventilation: 120mm silent fan in front and rear
-Metal grilled front bezel for maximum air intake
-Air guide and openings on side panel enhance CPU & VGA heat dissipation
-Tool-free installation for 5.25" drive bays and add-on cards
The M9 is packaged in this mostly black box. If you look at the graphics on the front, you have to assume that this case is mainly about ventilation, which is also the main theme of the Xaser VI. The rear of the box has a couple of interior photos, and lists the features.
Inside of the box, the case is well protected with Styrofoam ends.