Thermaltake New Soprano VO9000 Mid-Tower Case Review
Thermaltake Grand 1200W Modular Power Supply
The New Soprano VO900 case is designed to mount a standard ATX style power supply at the bottom. The power supply dropped easily into position and is secured with four screws on the backside panel. The power supply can be mounted either with the fan up to pull air out of the case or with the fan down. The mesh covered opening on the bottom of the case allows outside air into the PSU when the PSU is mounted with its intake fan down.
ATX Motherboard and Graphics Adapter
The New Soprano is designed to accommodate either Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards. To see how things line up we installed a standard ATX motherboard and HD 5870 graphics adapter. There is a large cutout behind the CPU socket area and the Soprano uses threaded standoffs to mount the motherboard. The motherboard and graphics adapter slid into position easily and mated up with the standoffs and rear I/O opening as expected.
Thumbscrews are used to secure expansion cards so you won’t have to worry about cards coming loose during transport. The Soprano is designed to handle one or more graphic adapters up to 315mm (12.4") long.
Internal Hard Disc Drives
The internal HDD cages use slide-out plastic trays to mount the actual HDD/SSD. The plastic tray incorporates rubber grommets and special shoulder screws for vibration isolation when mounting 3.5" HDDs. Mounting holes are provided in each tray for 2.5” HDD/SSDs as well. And as we mentioned earlier, the internal 3.5"/2.5" drive trays can be removed and installed without tools but the drives have to be secured with four small machine screws; not really tool-less in practice.
External 5.25" Drives
External 5.25" devices just slide in and latch into position with the tool-less mounting latches. Our Asus Blu-ray drive fit perfectly. The only catch is removing the plastic blanking plates, which are a little harder to get a good drip on the tabs and pull out than they should be.
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