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Wave Master TAC-T01 Aluminum Mid-tower Case

Author: Lee Garbutt
Manufacturer: Cooler Master

A Look Inside...

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One of the first things you will notice is that this case has a little extra room inside thanks to being slightly taller and deeper than many typical mid-tower cases. The layout is similar to other Cooler Master cases. All of the sheet metal edges are nicely rounded – I didn’t find one sharp edge.

The motherboard tray is removable, which is a great feature if you like to tinker with your PC on a regular basis. The tray is held in place by four thumbscrews and both ends are gusseted to insure rigidity. A single 80 mm Cooler Master fan comes pre-mounted.

Looking up from inside the case, you can see the backside of the I/O panel circuit board with the various cables attached. As we said before, this panel can be removed (4 screws) and an 80 mm blow-hole fan put in its place if you desire.

Directly behind the I/O panel is the power supply cage. Since the top case panel is not removable, power supplies must be inserted thru the rear opening. There is a little extra clearance here, and my Antec PSU with an external fan grill went in without a problem.

All the wiring harnesses come pre-assembled onto the switches, lights, speaker, and top I/O panel ports. The wires are plenty long to reach where they need to go and are terminated with a clearly labeled connector. The blue Power-On lights are each wired to a 4-pin Molex connector so there will be no concern about a particular motherboard being able to light the blue LEDs.

One large drive bay cage fills the front of the case with provisions for four 5.25” drives in the top and five 3.5” drives (one exposed – FDD) in the bottom. The lower four bays are primarily intended for HDDs and incorporate two 80 mm Cooler Master fans for cooling. Drives are secured into the bays with four screws each (included), which are easily accessible with the case side panels removed.

The two fans mounted on the front of the lower dive bays come with wire fan guards installed on the inside to help keep stray wiring and roaming fingers out of harms way. These fans can be accessed by removing the lower-front bezel section (3 screws).

On the bottom of the case you will find four premium quality foot-pads with foam rubber inserts.

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