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Thermaltake Eureka review: Thermaltake Eureka

Thermaltake Eureka

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Dan Ackerman
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Attempting to camouflage a full-tower PC case is no easy task. The oversize $170 Thermaltake Eureka offers a unique solution, hiding its bulk behind a front-panel door that vaguely resembles a giant mesh speaker cover. Of course this works best if your interior design aesthetic is more '80s stereo shop and less midcentury modern. Flipping open the door, we liked the five 5.25-inch slots and two 3.5-inch slots, but we worry that the front-panel fan's only vent is just a few floor-facing slits in the bottom of the door, sure to pick up tons of dust and pet hair.

The inside of the Eureka is as spacious as you'd expect from an extended ATA chassis, with plenty of room to work. A couple of thumbscrews hold down the removable motherboard tray, but they come out pretty easily (although we needed a screwdriver). We appreciate the numbered postholes on the tray that help you mount your motherboard correctly, too. The hard drive cage holds five drives, and we like that it sits perpendicular to the rest of the case for easy access. Installing the drives requires you to pull out an included tray, screw your hard drive into the bottom, and slide it back in, a slightly cumbersome procedure, although not much more so than screwing in a pair of drive rails.

Lastly, the Eureka skips the usual side-panel window in favor of a small honeycomb-style opening, which is better for airflow, although Thermaltake offers a variety of side-door designs for the Eureka. The door latch felt insubstantial, and the side panel usually required two hands to remove.
6.7

Thermaltake Eureka

The Good

Unique speaker/grille front-panel door; plenty of drive slots; perpendicular hard drive cage.

The Bad

Poorly placed fan vents in front panel; side panel handle feels flimsy.

The Bottom Line

With lots of interior room and easy access, choosing the Thermaltake Eureka comes down to your sense of aesthetics.
Attempting to camouflage a full-tower PC case is no easy task. The oversize $170 Thermaltake Eureka offers a unique solution, hiding its bulk behind a front-panel door that vaguely resembles a giant mesh speaker cover. Of course this works best if your interior design aesthetic is more '80s stereo shop and less midcentury modern. Flipping open the door, we liked the five 5.25-inch slots and two 3.5-inch slots, but we worry that the front-panel fan's only vent is just a few floor-facing slits in the bottom of the door, sure to pick up tons of dust and pet hair.
The inside of the Eureka is as spacious as you'd expect from an extended ATA chassis, with plenty of room to work. A couple of thumbscrews hold down the removable motherboard tray, but they come out pretty easily (although we needed a screwdriver). We appreciate the numbered postholes on the tray that help you mount your motherboard correctly, too. The hard drive cage holds five drives, and we like that it sits perpendicular to the rest of the case for easy access. Installing the drives requires you to pull out an included tray, screw your hard drive into the bottom, and slide it back in, a slightly cumbersome procedure, although not much more so than screwing in a pair of drive rails.
Lastly, the Eureka skips the usual side-panel window in favor of a small honeycomb-style opening, which is better for airflow, although Thermaltake offers a variety of side-door designs for the Eureka. The door latch felt insubstantial, and the side panel usually required two hands to remove.
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