When you power on your computer there is not much light that comes from the inside of the case unless you have a LED fan on your CPU cooler of a set of Ballistix Tracer memory. If we move around to the front of the case the red LED fan glows brightly.
One thing I really liked about this case was all the cable management features. As you can see from the picture below it is really easy to keep everything inside nice a clean. You can put most of the cables through the bottom opening and zip tie them behind the motherboard.
I really wanted to test the A.T.C. 3 to see if it made a difference, but because we had to route the power supply cables through the front of the case the A.T.C. 3 was not able to be installed back onto the case. We were using a Tagan BZ Series 900W power supply in the testing. We would have been able to route the cables behind the motherboard if Thermaltake had made the 24pin ATX power extension a bit longer. Without the A.T.C. 3 the Spedo kept our system nice and cool with a CPU temperature of 27C and a motherboard temperature of 26C!
There are so many things about this case that other cases just don't have. First of all you rarely see cases that have a matching interior. It is nice to see that Thermaltake kept the black on the inside of the case, a good change from the boring steel color. Keeping with the black theme Thermaltake made all the fans black, included black screws, and even sleeved the fan power cables in black, a very nice touch.
This case sure has a lot of storage. Enough room for 6 hard drives and 7 5.25-inch devices, which is more than enough for the average user. And if you need more drive space you have the drive bay converters for that. I really like the tool-less design for both the 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drives. The rectangular buttons on the hard drive trays really work well.
There is a ton of room inside this case too. You have more than enough room to install large graphics cards and a watercooling system. Also the cable management features of this case are unlike any other case that I have seen before. The cable ties on the back of the motherboard tray and the C.R.M. 3 really makes it easy to clean up the cables inside of your case. I was disappointed that I was unable to route my power supply cables around the back of the case, I wish Thermaltake would have made the 24pin ATX power extension longer.
There is more than enough cooling inside of this case, you have the 120mm intake, the 2 HUGE 230mm fans, and the 2 120mm exhaust fans. You also have room for 2 120mm fans on the bottom of the case and 1 120mm behind where your CPU would be on the motherboard tray. Now with all these fans you are going to have a lot of noise. I did notice that the side panel 230mm fan was quite loud, even though it was only spinning at 800RPM. It was louder than all of the other fans on the case. With all of these fans I wish Thermaltake would have included some type of fan control system, but they didn't.
The Spedo has a retail value of $249.99, I found it at my favorite online retailer for $229, which is a good price for a full tower case with all of these features, many of which you will not find on other cases. Overall ThinkComputers give the Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Case a 9 out of 10 score.
- All black, even on the inside
- Tons of room inside
- Everything is tool-less (PCI, Hard drives, Optical drives)
- Great cable management features
- Sleek design
- Side panel fan is loud
- Was not able to reinstall the A.T.C. 3