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Item#: N82E16811133168

Thermaltake Mozart Media Lab VC4000SNS Silver/ Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Desktop Computer Case

  • Aluminum / Steel ATX Desktop
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Thermaltake VC4000SNS

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Series
Mozart Media Lab
Model
VC4000SNS

Spec

Type
ATX Desktop
Color
Silver/ Black
Case Material
Aluminum / Steel
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX & Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
3
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
5
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2 x 60mm rear fan
80mm Fans
1 x 80mm front fan
120mm Fans
No
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
17.80" x 16.93" x 6.69"
Weight
17.6 lbs.

Features

Features
Superb multimedia capability
VFD window design
Two bridges for strengthening case structure
Ventilation opening on top
Intake air vent for providing better air flow
Stylish gold-plated foot stands

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kris M.
  • 8/7/2009 8:20:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThe case was a disappointment

Pros: It looks kinda cool. Everything fit into it.


Due to text limit, CONS (minor ones) start here:

I was expecting the optical drive panel to be nearly flush to the optical drive and maybe have a small plastic drive bay cover to match the rest of the case. However, the optical drive panel cover is actually a large chunk of metal about an inch deep. In my opinion, this is not a very good design.

The hard drive activity light does not work, nor does the reset switch. It's not really a major issue, but it is an issue nonetheless.

None of these issues (annoying and numerous as they are here and below) are bad enough to make me want to disassemble my machine and return the case. The failure here is just to serve as a warning to others.

Cons: The box shows an LED screen that says "Welcome Home Theater PC". However, the screen is not included. There is no indication anywhere stating that the screen pictured is sold separately. The photo of the box says "Media LAB Kit (Option)" and shows a photo of the screen in action. This made me beleive that the Media LAB Kit was actually IN this box and that they sold a different cheaper version of the case witout the LED screen. To me, this is highly misleading if not blatant false advertisement. I would have gone with a different case had I known this. It should have said something more like "Optional Media LAB Kit shown (LED screen and remote sold separately)". To add insult to injury, the little LED screen (not available at Newegg) costs as much as the entire case if you are lucky enough to find it!

I do not fault Newegg for the box text. However, the statement "Optional Media LAB Kit shown (LED screen and remote sold separately)" should be added to the item description.

Other Thoughts: CONS Continued:

Another major problem with this case is that the supplied case fans are loud. With this case being marketed towards Home Theater PC builders, I was expecting the fans to be really quiet to near silent. I have an 5-year-old Shuttle case with extremely quiet fans that I was expecting about the same noise level (my 3-year-old laptop has more powerful components and is even quieter than the Shuttle). The case fans with this case, however, are so loud that I have to turn up the volume if I am watching a movie with quiet dialog. The fans do not vary in RPM and are always at full (loud) speed. I am going to expirement with simply removing the existing case fans and possibly replacing them with new variable speed fans if the heat builds up too much. Very disappointing.

Conclusion:

Given all these issues, I would choose a different case if the opportunity to make another HTPC comes up again.

Manufacturer Response:

Please contact ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com so we can replace just the small parts you need replaced. There is no need to ship back the entire case for a LED or reset switch.

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  • Rick M.
  • 4/15/2009 12:18:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood HTPC Case

Pros: Looks awesome!!! My home theatre is now complete. The documentation was very easy to use. Inside of the case is pretty spacious too. I installed an ASUS P5Q mobo, CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W PSU, nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT PCI Express x16 Graphics Card, Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1800 PCI Express x1 Tuner Card, Turtle Beach Riviera PCI Sound Card, 2 SATA HDD's and a SATA DVD RW with room to spare. Oh yeah, Newegg ROCK's!!! I got the case two days after I ordered it.

Cons: The box the case came in made it appear that there was a VFD on the front of the case. Not so, this is a seperate purchase for around $100-$150 USD...Bummer!

Other Thoughts: All in all, I am very pleased with my new HTPC rig. Did I mention Newegg ROCKS!!! I will definitely order from Newegg from now on.

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  • Lewis S.
  • 4/7/2009 6:54:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsMedia Center Case

Pros: Compact case. Fits in Media Center furniture. Cools surprisingly well.

Cons: LEDs on front are VERY bright to the point of distraction. I covered them with translucent plastic from a milk carton to tone them down. Both rear fans failed after 18 months. Small size makes for a somewhat difficult build, particularly in attaching the case contacts to the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: If I had it to do again, I would choose a different case.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
Please contact ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com for the warranty service on rear fans.
Thank you,

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  • Chris W.
  • 12/4/2008 11:28:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot what I thought it would be

Pros: Solid Case. Good venting. Plenty of room.

Cons: Cannot get the Media Kit (extra) from Thermaltake. Emailed them and they sent me to a dead link. Shopped at their site and it can't be found. WTH???

Other Thoughts: I would have thought the support and the access to find the addons would be fairly easy. Don't be fooled by the box showing the LED front with the remote, you won't get one. I've build over 200 machines and have used many brands of cases. Will never use a Thermaltake again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
Sorry for the dead link.
The product number for the Media Labs / VFD is A2331. This is a optional kit. It is not included with VC4000SNS.
Thank you,

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/9/2008 5:13:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect HTPC Case

Pros: Equipped fans are quiet. Perfect for HTPC.

Cons: Be careful how big the motherboard is and what items you plug into the slots. There are some tight spots in the case near the 5 1/4" bays and the harddrive cage.

Other Thoughts: Great case, looks sharp for a HTPC.

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  • Howard L.
  • 4/15/2008 1:41:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsIt's ok, it's Thermaltake. looks good though

Pros: nice looking. best price in its class compare to what the competing HTPC like Zalman and Silverstone offer. cools well if your power supply already has a decent fan.

Cons: cheap quality, you get what you pay for. although for $120 you can get a very nice quality Coolermaster ATX case. this thing from top to bottom shows signs of filmsy poor quality machine work. the CD ROM bay cage was built crooked on mine. and one of the spring pressable latch was already busted when i got the case, leaving only the other one holding the panel in place when you press to close. the entire front face swivels and detaches too easily.

Other Thoughts: this case is worth nothing without the media lab front panel consider you can get a better quality built ATX case from many other manufacture for that price. but i only bought it because it's the best bang for the buck HTPC case when you purchase it with the media lab kit is just under $200. every other HTPC case with a media panel is well over $300 or more

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  • James S.
  • 10/23/2007 7:36:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsPoor cooling, crammed tight

Pros: Fits 2 5.25 drives and full ATX motherboard.

Cons: I had to add extra fans and holes to the case top to keep my media pc from over heating. They give you a double face tape piece to hold on the matching bezel to the cd drive door...this falls off b/c the bezel is very heavy. Part of the mthrbrd is under the cd drives which make it very tough to access/install some connectors. I recommend looking to antec and a micro atx type...much more attractive/cooling-wise/ease of use

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  • Legrand C.
  • 7/24/2007 3:11:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks decent and fits an ATX mobo with a regular size PSU.

Cons: Says it holds 5 internal 3.5" drives. I started with 2 HDD's and just bought two more to add on for storing movies. I was only able to fit one of them. So if you use a full ATX mobo (may vary depending on mobo), you can only count on having 3 internal HDD spots.

Other Thoughts: May be specific to certain mobos. With an ATX, the motherboards main connector is in the way of two of the 3.5" bays. With a shorter mobo or a full atx that has connectors positioned differntly, it probably isn't a problem to use all internal bays. Wish I knew before buying.

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  • Brian T.
  • 5/6/2007 1:29:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good build quality, easy install, an infared sensor window would be nice to install remotes internally on front panel

Cons: a little noisy but not to bad

Other Thoughts: great case for the price for a htpc

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  • Charles K.
  • 4/10/2007 5:18:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsAfter 1 year...

Pros: After owning this case over a year, it still looks pretty good. There are plenty of drive bays and it feels sturdy.

Cons: This case has poor airflow. It is also fairly noisy. I had difficulty keeping a mobile processor cool without running the fans at full speed (using a Zalman HSF). The case gets cramped pretty quickly, especially around the memory/power/ide connectors. The door over the 5.25" bays is heavy, yet has a weak plastic clip to hold it shut. The LEDs are too bright.

Other Thoughts: I also have a Silverstone desktop case, which is somehow much less cramped inside despite the fact that it is slightly smaller outside (it was cheaper and looks better too).

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