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Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Thermaltake calls their Tsunami series of cases, "the wave of the future." With a combination of simple, yet striking styling, and an uncompromising approach to cooling, the mid tower VA300BNA has features that will let you spend more time using your computer than working on it. The ultra lightweight aluminum case features a brilliant black mirror finish and supports Micro ATX, ATX and Full ATX motherboards. It holds 7 expansion slots along with 11 drive bays. Four of the bays are for externally accessible 5.25" drives and feature a sliding rail design and screwless slots for easy installation.

A pair of externally accessible 3.5"drives mount in slide-in cages while the 5 internal 3.5" drive bays are equipped with shockproof pads and thumbscrews to speed installation and isolate vibrations from the system. A pair of 120mm fans draw cooling air through the case with a washable air filter to keep dust from entering. The side panel mounts an optional 90mm fan for extra cooling. The lockable front panel and intrusion detector on the side panel add to physical security of your system.

Dual USB 2.0 and an IEEE 1394 Firewire port are located – along with audio and speaker jacks – under a door at the front of the upper part of the case. The wave-shaped front panel hides a pair of blue LED's to add an element of cool. No wonder this is called the Tsunami Dream!

  • newegg Mirror-Coated Lightweight Aluminum Case Weighing less than 6.0 kg, the all aluminum Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA with a shiny black mirror coating is a perfect mix of elegance, sturdiness and performance, and is light enough to be easily carried from room to room or to a LAN party.
  • newegg Maximum Expandability with 11 Drive Bays The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA boasts four external 5.25" drive bays, two external and up to five internal 3.5” drive bays for peerless expandability.
  • newegg Highly Efficient Ventilation Dual 12cm fans in the front and at the rear provide great airflow and heat dissipation throughout the case.
  • newegg Easy Installation The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA features 5.25" sliding rails and slide-in cages for convenient hard drive mounting. Screwless expansion slots for quick PCI card installation and thumb-screws for tool-less access using the side panel, plus a washable dust filter for easy cleanup and replacement all add up to an extremely easy chassis to work with!
  • newegg Maximum Security The security locks on the front bezel and side panel prevent unauthorized access for maximum security.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 5/13/2010 11:06:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: Very sleek looking and works very well. I enjoy the locks on the side of the case, makes it easy to open. Overall good case. I like the hard drive mountings and the ease of swapping out optical drives. For me the USB plug ins on the top are a huge plus because it's on my floor, therefore the ports are close to me. Sleek look. Can easily open various compartments for cleaning and rearranging.

Cons: Fans eventually got noisy, however the computer runs nearly constantly, so some wear and tear is expected. The forward 120mm fan sounds like a helicopter on start up but eventually quiets down. I also don't like the bar running all the way across the top of the inside of the case, but I understand its purpose.

Other Thoughts: I am happy with my purchase and would buy it again. Though I have the version with a clear side the case is identical in all other aspects.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2010 8:24:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price. Lock. Aluminum door. Decent airflow. Decent build quality. No sharp edges. Good tool-less installation system.

Cons: It's a little small for long video cards, or even regular length cards if you have to use the HDD bay directly in front of it. It doesn't work well with particularly long power supply units either. (I.E. Enermax Galaxy)

Other Thoughts: The version with the side window has a 92mm fan giving it a more balanced airflow. It is preferred at a similar price point.

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  • William H.
  • 5/3/2010 11:38:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRidiculous

Pros: Nice Design. Everthing from the front bezel to the toolless PCI slots to the thermal design is well thought out. Removable Hard Drive bay and Slider Optical Drive bays are also nice.

Cons: Horrible build quality. Quality control is equally atrocious. The aluminum used is just barely more durable than that of your average soda can--Pushing on the motherboard tray makes it bend in and out. The side panels are EXTREMELY flimsy--if I wanted to I could have folded it like paper. Front panel and door lock mechanism were both loose on arrival and needed to be tightened.

Other Thoughts: The design is perfect--this is simply a poor choice of construction material. If Thermaltake made this case EXACTLY as is out of SECC steel, It would be PERFECT.

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  • Sherry H.
  • 4/19/2010 7:15:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This case offers style, durability, and functionality. The appearance of the case offers a professional finished product, and as far as cooling the case is cooled by large fans front and rear. I have had built over several years many systems using this case, and when customers want to upgrade their computers the last thing they want to change is their case. I personally own this case for my current computer (over 4 years old) I have 5 hard drives installed, and the case has plenty of room for a very large heat sink, large PCI Express video card or video cards.

Cons: None!!!

Other Thoughts: Hard drives mount in a separate section that can be removed without disturbing the other components in the case. This is a very helpful feature when adding an extra hard drive of changing out a failed drive.

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  • Marie R.
  • 4/19/2010 8:15:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's a case

Pros: Lightweight with enough room for pretty much anything. Plenty of drive bays to fill up.

Cons: Don't care for the shiny outside. My case sits right next to my monitor and its almost like looking into a mirror. See other thoughts for a bit of a rant.

Other Thoughts: When are case makers going to start making deeper cases to allow fitting of todays video cards? My card barely fits and blocks off 2 drive bays. It would be nice if case makers started making things a couple of inches longer. Or can the card makers come up with some way to make the cards shorter. Anyway this case is still decent and works for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/30/2010 2:16:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: Sturdy structure compared to 5 other cases I've used. Stylish. Hinge on front door is great. Overall manufacturing quality of the case is very good. PS and mobo slid in with ease. Case wiring well labeled. Documentation is ok but who looks at it? Bottom feet are a good idea. Painted finish is very good. Generally a well thought-out design. A super deal for $55.

Cons: Some extras that are probably not needed - like both a side panel micro-switch and a key lock on the side panel. Many mobos can't use the side panel micro-switch. Top mounted UBS and audio sockets should be closer to the front. A small issue but I would prefer a front panel opening left to right; option to do either would be great. Key lock for the front door would be better on the front of the case. HDD cage is a little flimsy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/20/2010 8:31:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA proper decent beginner gaming PC case(Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black )

Pros: -Removal bottom 5x 3.5 HDD cage, allow for 12inch graphic card to be install. I managed to fit my hard drive in the middle 2x 3.5 device cage also removable ^_^
-plastic clip bracket on the PC slot can be remove with few easy screws if you find it to be flimsy. i personally find it to be sturdy enough.
-2x 120 fans are very quit also the case it self
-overall the case are constructed strong enoght, i did sit on it to test it out.
-Security lock systems are some what useful if you don’t your little brother stealing your hard drive or graphic card
-light weight

Cons: -the side panels are extremely flimsy if you not careful you will put a huge dent on it.
-the USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 port located on the top next to the power supply are a joke. It will block the power supply no matter what. Unless you have a puny PSU, I took it all out to fit my 650w Power supply and I did manage to put the lid back to cover the holes on the top.
-power up and restart push buttons are behind the door which can be a pain for some (not really a cons since the front door are trully significant to this case, it a beauty)
-not very rooming for water cooling (perfect with AIR)(not really a cons)

Other Thoughts: I think the price i paid for this case is a steal $53 after rebate with free shipping. it's worth the original price because compare to my old $50 steel case it is so much better. some of the details they put in show that thermaltake did think for PC builders. if you are a average PC Hobby this case is perfect to start up with. if you are a experienced modder this case will be a master piece when done. so 5 star from me

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  • Woodrow Y.
  • 2/25/2010 3:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBest Looking

Pros: very nice looking case, mine actually is an older version with a clear side panel. I bought the case from a friend for my first build about three yrs ago. Added swifttech water cooler, mounting the radiator on the back side behind the 120 fan. Had to drill holes for the lines.

Cons: Case is rather small. When my 8800 went south I replaced it with a 260 and had to "massage" it to fit. It is touching the HD cage in the front. Looking back I guess I could have taken out the lower HD cage, but I have my H2O pump there. Oh well, getting ready to start my second build using a larger case.

Other Thoughts: I like the solid side panel, very sexy case.

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  • David K.
  • 2/25/2010 5:35:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Move Thermaltake

Pros: Very pretty Case, Shiny and Black. Substantial front door.

Cons: Extremely flimsy construction. Why Theraltake switched from the steel construction in their previous cases I don't know. But it was a bad move. I was afraid to put my power supply in this case. It did not appear to be able to support it. Would not recommend this case to anyone.

Other Thoughts: Lucky for me the case had sustained some damage during shipment and I was able to return it.

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  • Anthony P.
  • 2/16/2010 7:30:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Case, but a few annoyances.

Pros: Good solid build. Front door is heavy and solid, which is how I like it. 5.25" optical drives are easy to install (outside of the very top drive). Spacious enough for my needs, however, if I had a larger GPU, then I might I issues.

Cons: Two types of keys. One to get in the case, the other to access your optical drive and power button. Wouldn't be too bad if they made it the same key. I also almost broke the hinge off of the front of the case when trying to install the top optical drive due to the weight of the door.

Other Thoughts: All in all, a good case and not too bad a price. Just a few design flaws.

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