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My review of the CaseLabs TH10

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Hey all

Thought I'd sit down and write a more formal review of the TH10 I got from CaseLabs about two weeks ago.

First off my build log is available in my sig with plenty of photo's. Its coming along a good bit slower then I had originally planned as life seems to keep interrupting it with annoying details like wife, kids, work and sleep LOL.


1) Overall? This case is remarkably well made. Every panel, bay adapter, blank and part is millimeter perfect. I observed absolutely no issues at all in alignment or fit.

2) Assemble? It is built with a "common sense" and basic logic approach. If anyone *needs* an instruction manual for any aspect of the case , there is a good chance they have difficulty finding their way home at the end of the day also. The elegance of the execution is delivered by the simplicity of the design. Things only fit in the places they were meant to be used. Nothing even remotely fits in a place it was not meant to be installed. This will certainly prevent brute force attempts of using hammer to force a piece somewhere it wasn't meant to be. I cannot stress enough the ease of assembly.

3) The side panels doors use a dual hinge that allows them to be opened ... well like a door. But because the hinges are open topped it only requires a lift upward to remove the doors for extended work. This is a beautiful execution rather then multiple screws/rivets/hassle.

4) 5 1/4" Bays? have more option then you could shake a stick at. Anything that is of a standard size width can be mounted, and because of the sheer size of the case depth will never be an issue.

5) Powder coat finish? is amazing. It is slightly textured, however still very smooth. It is also a matte finish which I love. Cases are dust magnets and piano finishes have no business on anything but piano's with dedicated dusters on staff. I'll try and set up some good lighting and photograph the case properly as its very very difficult to show off , and to date I haven't seen a single photo that does it justice (my own included). Every nook and cranny of this case is fully powder coated and there is no bare metal anywhere.

6) Sharp Edges? None. As in ZERO. This is the first case since I first started building/upgrading computers in 1987 (yes I am that old....) that i have NOT I repeat NOT cut myself . I have easily spent 60 hours inside this case jamming my paws into every place imaginable and I have NOT had so much as a scratch. This is a small wonder in and of itself. I've sliced my hand bad enough for a trip to the ER on a case previously on some thin unfinished edge.

7) Configurability ? Your own planning is the only limitation. The case is large enough to accept nearly anything you could fit in it without having to break out the dremel or band saw. Radiators, pumps, tubing, fans? The only problem is that there are so many routing options its difficult to make a decision. In many cases you have only one way to go and that makes it pretty easy to plan lol This case has so many options you will likely find yourself spending 2-3 times the normal required, trying , changing switching it up out of sheer options available.

8) Wire management? The best I have seen yet. Period nothing else can be said here.

9) Flexibility? I am spending more time playing and tuning my setup then I should. The number of options available is overwhelming and I am sure I am not alone in this conclusion. Its been over two weeks and I have yet to power up the sig rig still because I keep getting bright ideas on how to make it better, cleaner, colder etc.

10) Bottom Line? I have owned cases from nearly every manufacturer/vendor . This case exceeds all of them by miles. Coolermaster ATCS 840, Coolermaster Stacker 832, SilverStone TJ07, HAF 932 some of the better cases I have owned. They all would blush beside this case in every aspect/way/shape/form. They are not in the same league.

11) The Vendor? Superb. Simply put Jim stands behind his product and is a stand up guy that answers any questions with the quickness. I ran into one issue that was related to non-standard form factor power supplies. By that I mean the PSU manufacturer deviated from the standard and thus created a 3mm gap on one corner of the power supply when mounted. I let Jim know about it and because of the price and volume of sales of this specific power supply (ST1500W) it is a corner case that will be rare at best. I suggested a quick fix w/o having to make changes to his production run of a perfectly good case that does follow the standards and guess what? A few days later I received a box in the mail with a custom adapter plate for my specific dual ST1500W PSU install. No charges, no negotiation , no hassle.... Just a box in the mail that fixed the issue that was not his fault or a result of any oversight on his part. I actually replicated the same issue with my TJ07 , HAF 932 and ATCS 840 with this PSU also might I add, I somehow doubt they would have been anywhere near as proactive or quick.


In the end; I can not praise the product or company enough. I've been around computers for a really long time and dealt with vendors and manufacturers since the EARLY 1990's. This is the first time I have taken the time to write up a review of a product that exceeded my expectations. If that doesn't count for something I don't know what will.

As far as subjective opinions? This case blows the doors and the socks of Mountain Mods (which is the only company even close to the functionality). I bought the MM motherboard tray for the SR-2 and let me tell you it feels like paper. The TH10's tray is like a tank that actually accepted my SR2 with mobo water block, 2 cpu's, 2 cpu blocks, 4 GTX580's w/blocks and didnt bend like a leaf in the wind. I wouldnt have ever attempted this with the MM tray vertically.

Also, after seeing the MM Extended Ascension in person and then the TH10.......... withouht being mean or just a fanboy... the MM is more like an unfinished and lower quality TH10 then it is a direct competitor . To add insult to injury? It costs more, is significantly thinner in materials used, and subjectively isnt nearly as well executed or laid out.

Hats off to CaseLabs every rig I build from here on out will have your badge on it.


Update: Pics for the people not wanting to hunt for them. Better photo's will be available once my build is complete.

Front : 2x DVD/RW, 2 x 6 Hot Swappable SSD units, 3 x Flex flow fan mounts w/HD Cages


Front Right Bottom Logo Discretely Placed:


Interior w/Tray Installed:


Left Side (Mobo facing side


Mobo Tray w/SR-2 w/Xeons w/GTX580's :


The Rear:


Right Side (PSU Side):


Inside Left PSU Side:


Extended Top Off:


Close-Up Top Off Exposes Dual Top Mounted Quad Rad option:




Mobo Loaded w/tubing and Mounted:

Edited by ShtSh00ttr - 5/23/11 at 9:07am
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Wow! Thank you! It is a privilege just to be part of your incredible build!

I can't begin to tell how much I appreciate the time you spent writing your review - I know how busy you must be, so once again, thanks!

-Jim
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Nice review ShtSh00ttr. Wish there were some pictures of the case we could look at.
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Nice review ShtSh00ttr. Wish there were some pictures of the case we could look at.
See my sig link
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Updated with photos for the lazy and the noobs LOL
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I guess Im part of the lazy bunch. Job well done.
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So... not only did you spend probably 10K on that setup, you probably spend that a year in energy, too. lol.

Sick gear...
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So... not only did you spend probably 10K on that setup, you probably spend that a year in energy, too. lol.

Sick gear...

Thank you. But to bring it back on track.... A great case makes for a great machine.

BEFORE:



Temporary DIY Solution while waiting for someone to make a PROPER case that was aesthetically pleasing:



FINALLY Sweet Redemption:




So I say again.... A great case makes the build... without it you have Image #1 above.... A big nasty, knarled, frustrating pile of wires and mess LOL
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