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Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA Silver Aluminum Modern Dream Tower Chassis Computer Case

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  • Aluminum Modern Dream Tower Chassis
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Who says cutting edge cool has to be expensive? The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA knocks that idea out of the park! This affordable case doesn't need any fancy words to show its edge of cool. One picture is more than enough. But don't think this is just another pretty face. With four external 5.25" drive bays, two 3.5" external drive bays, and five internal 3.5" drive bays, this case has room for whatever you need in there.

The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA features two 120mm fans: one at the rear and one in the front as well as a 90mm side fan for maximized air flow to make sure the heat from this system is just from its looks. The transparent X-type side panel window lets you have a direct view of the system including the blue fan LEDs for eye-catching fun.

The entire case is made of lightweight aluminum to keep carrying the case from becoming a burden. With all this, what more could you want? This could indeed be the case you've been looking for.

  • newegg All Aluminum Case With the full aluminum body, the Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA reaches the balance between chassis stiffness and heat dissipation.
  • newegg Supreme Expandability with 11 Drive Bays Boasting four external 5.25" drive bays, and seven 3.5" drive bays (two external and five internal), the Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA provides supreme expandability.
  • newegg Highly Efficient Ventilation The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA features one 120mm front fan, one 120mm blue LED rear fan and one 90mm side fan for highly efficient ventilation.
  • newegg Maximum Security The security locks on the front panel and side panel prevent unauthorized access for maximum security. Plus the security chassis intrusion detector delivers instant alerts when the side panel is unexpectedly opened to safeguard your computer components.
  • newegg Tool Free Installation Tool-free ensures the quick installation or upgrade for expansion cards, 3.5" and 5.25" devices, so you can save the time spent on setting up and start enjoying computing as soon as possible.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA features a convenient top I/O panel for easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Ryan C.
  • 2/23/2013 11:42:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWow time flys!

Pros: I had this case for well over 7 years now and was my first gaming PC build. I do not use the case any more but it defiantly was worth my money! Great airflow and very nice fans (stock fans working to this day). My original specs :
-ATI Radeon X600 Pro 256MB (Sapphire)
-2GB DDR Memory
-AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @1.8GHz
-Asus SLI motherboard (Cannot remember the model number)
-160GB SATA Maxtor HDD 7200RPM
-350w PSU

Well times have chaned! Great case and I would still reccomend it to this day! But do remember that it will not support 120mm or dual 120mm rads for water cooling.

Cons: Nothing!

Other Thoughts: Awesome case!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/17/2010 3:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice but has flaws

Pros: removable hard drive cage
fans near silent and keep system very cool
power supply sets on a edge makes installation a dream
stainless steel construction is very sturdy.
plenty of room for expandability

Cons: tool-less drive holders could be improved
to install the power supply I had to remove the top usb ports
fans use molex connectors and the pins inside the connectors moved around.
top drive bay cover was bolted behind the door hinge had to remove hinge to take cover off

Other Thoughts: Over all this is a great case the fans are fantastic at keeping the system cool. The tool-less card holders are great but the ones for the drives are horrible compared to the TT Soprano RS. The hard drive cage was very flimsy felt like it would bend out of shape easily. The bolts used on the top USB assembly were also week one stripped when I was putting it back in. The molex connectors on the fans made efficient cable routing near impossible. I had to use an extra cable to hook up the fans and when I tried hooking them up I had to wiggle the prongs until they fit into the female molex. fans really should have had four prong connectors. Thermal take usually pays great attention to detail but this time they really dropped the ball. I would still recommend this case but spend some money and replace the fans.

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  • James N.
  • 1/12/2010 9:59:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Very beautiful case. Sturdy and light. Brushed metal look looks astounding and the blue LED's are awesome. Crossflow is very good, keeps the system cool.

Cons: Doesn't come with a Power Supply. The front panel audio don't work. Badly designed front panel audio jacks cause huge interference. If you can stand a constant static buzz, then I guess it's fine. You can always plug the headset into the back (MoBo connectors) and that should be fine. If you have a long enough cord that is. If you don't you can get an extension cord.

Other Thoughts: Other than the audio jacks it's great. Didn't know that part of the case was going to be plastic (not the side window, talking about second door on the front). When it says "Aluminum", I think it's full aluminum. It's not. But it's not bad. Works fine.

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  • Case I.
  • 11/16/2009 11:55:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Solid construction, durable parts and components.

This case is coming up on its 5th year for me. I just upgraded all of my internals for a DDR3/i5 system - But I kept this case because there is still nothing wrong with it.

Fits my apevia PSU just fine. The cooling is pretty good, I believe a 120mm intake and an exhaust, and an 80mm on the side pulling in.

Cons: Its a bit of a challenge the first time getting a power supply up into its slot, you have come at it from an angle.

I feel like it is a bit noisy sometimes, but its just a whir, nothing really loud, if anything its my power supply most of the time.

Other Thoughts: It has lasted me 5 years, its still solid. Nothing has worn out on me, and I even have the original fans in it still.

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  • Danny M.
  • 10/27/2009 12:24:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFairly disappointed

Pros: I love the design of this case and the blue lights on the front door are great. Plenty of space available for whatever hardware you have.
ThermalTake has always made the best cases I have used in the past!

Cons: I didn't have time this time around to do this build myself, so I had a professional do the build for me.
When I went to pick my new computer up, his first words was: "This case is a piece of junk!" The hard drive rails are made out of pop cans, the front door will not shut and the top USB door broke.

Other Thoughts: This is very unlike Thermaltake! I have several of their cases and have always been quite happy with them.
Why they have to make such sub par products all of a sudden is beyond me. This case will not be moved and the broken top door is not a big thing to me, but the fact that such a quality manufacturer produced such a poor Piece of merchandise really bothers me. I will be a little more observant the next time I buy a case from this manufacturer.

Thermaltake case
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb Drive
Windows 7

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  • Nathan D.
  • 8/12/2009 10:12:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsA "Real" Review

Pros: This case is great. Very light-weight aluminum and the finish looks very clean. The front panels are simple to manage, making drive installs quick and easy. The dual 120mm fans in conjunction with the side panel fan provides excellent airflow and keeps the internals fairly cool. Inside you have plenty of options for drive placement and with 2 removable cages, this is again very user-friendly. The overall layout made cable management a breeze and helped keep clutter away from my mobo. The top I/O ports are fairly useful and easy to setup, though the firewire and mic does take a bit of patience, USB is simple. The Blue LED is bright enough without being annoying and compliments the Silver finish quite well. Overall this case is fantastic for the price and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Cons: More minor annoyances than a fault of the case, but I would have liked a removable mobo tray and while I am a fan of the top I/O ports, with the case under my desk they are slightly awkward to use; I would like them closer to the front.

Other Thoughts: I have read multiple reviews on this and many other cases here where I feel people nit-pick very silly things as a reason to badly rate a case. I have been building PCs for well over 15 years and this case is phenomonal for it's price. As with any product, pay attention to what you are buying and do a little research, and most of the time you'll be happy with the result. If you're looking for a liquid-cooled, diamond encrusted case that does your laundry and sings you to sleep, then keep looking and good luck with that; but if you want a solid case that is user-friendly and provides a lot of options, here ya go.

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  • Phyllis M.
  • 6/30/2009 10:36:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTsunami Dream?...Tsumani Junk!

Pros: Looks good....a few nice ideas...poor implementation.

Newegg shipping was very good, but package was open??

Cons: Poor stampings in the aluminum case body.

Poor packaging...allows things to dangle, and plastic window gets scratched up.

Case power supply impossible to install with motherboard already in place.

Plastic flip-up port cover on the top of the case is super-flimsy. A hinge broke almost immediately, and now those top ports are without a cover.

The multi-position key-operated double front door assembly is real dumb, in that the key must be always be available to install devices in the external drive bays. Loose the key and you've pretty much had it for any future device upgrades.

Other Thoughts: This case is a perfect example of a product being manufactured with little-to-no product testing, and very little eye to quality control. Unfortunately this is becoming pretty typical of value-line products manufactured in China these days.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/3/2009 3:31:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSleek box

Pros: it's gorgeous. nice aestetics & layout. love the wavey door design, front fan easy to remove for cleaning. nice paint job on the outside (I have the black Tsunami) smooth polished aluminum inside. plenty sturdy for the PRICE. had trouble finding a mid-tower that would fit a Tuniq Tower heat sink w/ample clearance at the PS. this case was just a bit taller than other mid towers. HDD bays slide toward the user at side. top USB & FW ports very convenient for thumb drive, camera, mp3 player, headphones, etc. routed USB & fw to top w/o much problem. would not recommend placing them UNDER the MB. easy access to drive bays at front - inner door hinges open. no panels to pop off. 2 sets of locks on case. have built many systems. this is the nicest case used so far. got it w/rebate too!

Cons: wouldn't mind a SATA connector mounted at the top. but it's no big deal. might replace my USB card reader with this one: Nippon Labs ICR-BB All-in-one USB +eSATA Card Reader

Other Thoughts: for the money this is a great quality case. VERY classy looking. love the soft blue lights emitting thru the wave of door at front. mounted side door fan on the outside & covered with the included mesh screen. Tuniq Tower was just too close for comfort with fan mounted inside. a little planning in the order of assembly can save aggravation.
my rig: ABIT IX38 QuadGT, Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz, Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler, 8gb G.Skill DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000), SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCIE, POWERCOLOR Theater 550PRO PCIEx1 tuner, (2) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB, OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W, ASUS 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW SATA Lightscribe, BenQ FP222WH Black 22" 5ms HDMI, nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port, Logitech MX 3200 laser mouse & kybd. Vista 64b Home Prem.

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  • Paul M.
  • 2/2/2009 7:11:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIts Ok

Pros: I've been running this case for around 3 years now. I built it as a gaming system originally and have since built another in a HTPC case. My wife now uses it and I'd say its still running like a champ. I don't think it gets the best air flow for modern day gaming systems, but it does get some style points! The case is still holding together and the neon lights are still bright blue :)

Cons: -gets a little hot with the stock fans

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  • Michael G.
  • 1/30/2009 7:58:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsLong time owner - Not Satisfied

Pros: Have used this case for two years now and built my first rig in it. I'm very fond of the look, the ease of accessing the hard drives. Front intake fan comes with a filter. Aside from the negative comments below, I have been fairly satisfied with the case.

Cons: Despite being a mid-tower case I found it too small for most large coolers, especially with the side fan mounted (you could, of course, remove that). Working in the case is similarly tight. Fitting a long GPU (e.g. a GTX 260 or 280) is possible but only if you have no more than two hard drives and you will likely need to scrape it in. The case lock, which I hardly used, fell apart at one point and I discarded it.

Most importantly, the case runs hot. The front intake fan does not supply nearly enough air. The side fan is not filtered and doesn't contribute enough extra force to make up for the front.

Other Thoughts: This last issue may have been a defect of my individual case, but almost from day one the side window makes a very loud rattling sound if the side fan fully powers to max.

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