Thermaltake M9 VI1000BNS Case

Posted on June 25, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Installation

I started installation with the power supply, since it's typically difficult to install depending on the case. The Thermaltake M9 can support various sized ATX power supplies, from short to long. I imagine a redundant power supply would fit as well.

Next up was the motherboard, which installed easily. Thermaltake's motherboard backplane in the M9 has several raised points which are the most common motherboard mounts. Depending on the motherboard, more mounts may have to be screwed in. Otherwise, just drop the motherboard in and screw it in.

Optical drivers were next. The M9 features an interesting mounting solution, and I think I may even prefer this to drive rails. There are clips that hold in 5.25" drive bays. They have a pin on either side, which fits the screw's hole on optical drives and the like. Then, by twisting the locking mechanism in the center, it will lock in place. The drives are fairly secure for only being held in on one side.

The M9's front panel pulls off with a little force. All the LEDs and buttons are on the case itself, so there's no worrying about ripping a cable. The drive bay covers are clipped in, and come out rather easily. Just be sure it matches up with the case correctly.

The hard drive cage can fit up to three hard drives, and has a 120mm fan on the front to cool the drives. Without a magnetic screwdriver, it may be a little difficult to get the drives screwed in. After they're in, the unit can slide back in to the 5.25" bays from the front.

All that's left from this point is to connect the wiring and make sure everything is secure. The M9's front USB and Audio connectors are single block connectors, removing any need to figure out how they fit to the motherboard. The front panel LEDs and buttons are a different story, but nothing too difficult.

Fantastic, installation is complete. Let's turn the machine on and see what happens.

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