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Monday, 07 November 2011 12:35

Cooltek Timaios Computer Case tested - 3. External

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Beat that at €55


Timaios looks a bit more modern than Cooltek’s K3 Evolution case, which we reviewed here. Still, you could say that Timaios is more of a classic design that will fit in just about anywhere.

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The front mask is the most interesting part as far as the looks go. Cooltek used a mesh grill, something which most users find attractive. When the computer is running, a few white LEDs glow in the bottom part. Namely, the LEDs are found in the fan and underneath the power/reset keys.

In order to make room for the fourth 5.25’’ bay on the front, the control panel was moved to the top panel. Note that the control panel holds two USB 3.0 connectors.

It’s interesting to see that Cooltek decided on two fan speed regulators but the concept of two separately regulated channels is the advantage of C.A.M.V.C. (Cooltek Advanced Modular Ventilation Concept). The manual we received speaks of C.A.M.V.C. in more detail.

 

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Default configuration of C.A.M.V.C. offers quality cooling but users have the freedom to tailor the cooling to their own needs by independently controlling the two channel fan speed controller. Note that one channel can run two fans.

The top panel’s mask is split in two parts. Behind the control panel is the shroud/dust filter that hides two fans. Placing the filter here is quite nice as it doesn’t take up room inside the case.

 

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Timaios comes with four fans – two 12cm ones on the top panel, one 12cm fan on the rear and a larger, 14cm fan on the front.  

The left side of the case has room for two more fans (92mm or 120mm).

 

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The bottom panel has a large cutout hole strapped with a dust filter. Users can put in an additional fan on the bottom, next to the PSU. The hole closer to the front panel is underneath the 3.5’’ drive cage. Cooltek made the 3.5’’ bays in a way where each will take a 60x60x110mm fan, which should be a godsend to those who like their drives cooled.

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The rear panel holds seven expansion card slots, which is standard with midi-tower cases. Next to each of them is a white square, suggesting that there is a toolless mechanism inside.

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0 #1 blandead 2011-11-07 20:11
Thanks for the excellent review I've been looking for a good midsize case that can hold 4 hard drives and with room for large gpu. This is perfect!
 

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