Thermaltake New Soprano VO9000 Mid-Tower Case Review
A Detailed Look - From the Outside
The styling of the New Soprano VO900 case is elegantly simple, finished in black inside and out. The front of the case is smoothly curved and completely covered by a black anodized, brushed aluminum front door except for the exposed I/O panel across the top. The rest of the case is made out of SECC (stamped steel) with plastic trim. The end product feels sturdy and is relatively light weight.
An external I/O panel is located at the top-front of the New Soprano VO9000 case and contains:
• Main Power Button
• System Reset Button
• Power on light
• (2) USB 3.0 ports
• Headphone Out
• Microphone In
• (2) USB 2.0 ports
The front door is hinged on the right and is held closed by a magnetic catch. The door feels sturdy and opens and closes smoothly. With the door open you can see the four exposed 5.25" drive bays, one exposed 3.5" drive bay and the front intake fan grill.
Removing the front grill/filter exposes the 200mm intake fan with Blue LEDs.
The Soprano side panels are removable and secured with two captive, quick-release thumb screws at the back. Both side panels are solid (no window or fan openings) and have a sheet of sound dampening foam glued to the inside surface. The foam on the left side panel is a little thicker to help attenuate internal noise. There is no foam on the top of the case and bottom has openings for the power supply and an optional 120mm fan so the Soprano is not sound proof.
The top of the New Soprano enclosure features a top-mounted HDD hot-swap Docking Station that supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs.
Moving around to the rear of the enclosure reveals a fairly typical ATX-tower layout except the power supply is mounted at the bottom of the enclosure instead of the top. A 120mm exhaust fan comes pre-installed and there are three openings at the top for routing external liquid-cooling hoses in and out of the chassis if desired. The little bracket at the top-left is a "keyboard and mouse security lock" that can be used to capture and secure the mouse and keyboard cables at the time of installation. All seven expansion card brackets contain ventilation slots, which helps vent warm air out the rear of the case.
Flipping the New Soprano VO900 case upside down exposes the bottom dust filter which covers the power supply intake vents and bottom 120mm fan location. The filter can be easily removed by sliding it out towards the back.