So what happens when you take some apple and Thermaltake usability and throw it in a stylized exterior? How about a steel full tower, a sheet of Plexiglass, some machined aluminum and a couple of colored CDs? An interesting case is bound to come out of that mix, and indeed it did with the ThermalRock Circle .
The ThermalRock Circle has a barrage of features that are sure to turn some heads. From the modern CD-player-esk front door, to the Apple style right hand motherboard access and don't forget the backwards motherboard mount. All of this defiantly adds up to something interesting to say the least, so lets take a closer look.
||12" x 9.6" (ATX)
9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX)
12" x 13" (Extend ATX)
||120x120x25 mm fan 2000rpm (intake)
||120x120x25 mm fan 2000rpm (exhaust)
Intel thermal requirement validated
||Arch Shape Window
||USB2.0 x 2, IEEE1394 x 1, Micro phone & Ear phone ports
||205.0 mm ( W ) x 500.0 mm ( D ) x 540.0 mm ( H )
||SECC 0.8mm (Chassis)
Aluminum (Front Panel)
Once outside of the box we can see the overall styling of the Circle. The case is technically a full tower, but in my opinion it is a mix between a mid-tower and a full tower. The case features five 5.25 inch slots, two external 3.5” slots. All of these use rails for mounting devices. The rails included are very effective and easy to use, they do not require screws, but are held securely to the device. You can also use screws to mount the devices in just in case you have a device that the rails do not fit into.
The front panel of the device is the most predominant design features. The whole idea of the circle case is the integrated CD holder in the front door. A column of 4 CD's is held behind a piece of plexiglass. Hiding part of one of the CD's is an aluminum piece. It looks a lot like the CD grabbing mechanism from those vertical CD players. One neat feature on the front is the power and IDE activity LED's. They are inset into the plexiglass, so even when the front panel lights up the LED's still shine through. The door has two cutouts on the top-left and bottom-left. The bottom cutout holds the front audio ports. Also shown below is the front grill, once inside the door there is a series of plastic cutouts. This would be for the front intake.
The only thing to point out on the top of the case is the two USB ports and 1 Firewire port. I find this placement to be the most useful as I keep my case on the floor. Others may not be as lucky though and they do seem to pick up a lot of dust …
The rear of the case is where everything seems to get interesting. The motherboard section of the case has been flipped upside down. This means the case opens like an Apple, on the right, and the motherboard mounts on the lower left. Motherboard cooling is handled by the lower 120mm fan.
The right side of the case features a medium sized window. The window is a rectangle with a curved top. This is right at the motherboard, so you should be able to show off your top of the line components without all of the cabling and drives getting in the way. Right above the window is Circle embossed.
The inside of the Circle case is split into 4 main sections. Starting at the top there is the power supply section. The power supply mount is designed really well. The power supply is mounted to a plate which is then mounted to the case. The power supply is supported by two rubber covered nubs. The case also features the ability to mount a redundant power supply.
Next to the power supply section is the 5.25” device section. The 5.25” devices are mounted with rails. The nice thing about this setup is that you can also use screws to mount devices. So if you have a device that has a non standard mounting system, you can still use it with the case.