Swiftech is working with them for the blocks and the QDs, so that's not an issue.
I don't really know how to express my personal thoughts so perhaps I should ask you all to excuse me for this potentially incoherent thought piece put to text. As some of you know I recently started a small blog/website to review stuff that interested me, and a lot of companies have been great in supporting it. Thermaltake has been one of them, with their Riing 12 LED fans being the products they had sent. In fact, it was Shannon himself who had sent those my way and was very genuinely interested in my findings. I even asked him about the similarities in the fan design and packaging to the Corsair SP120 and the Antec True Quiet/UFO models. I knew already that all 3 (and more out there) are based off the same Hong Sheng fan (as with cases, there are 3-4 companies that make all the fans for everyone who isn't a cooling only brand like Blacknoise, Noctua etc) and he was very open about it. The packaging was an unfortunate accident (confirmed via TT competitors also) but a result of a decision made by the manufacturing company. There were also a lot of small changes in the 3 products to where I was satisfied enough to let it slide.
While this was going on, I was having fun at TT's expense about their waterblocks for the Asus 9x0 Strix cards and the passive VRM cooling. This was also when I noticed all the similarities between all the various watercooling products and started contacting the various companies to see if they were working with TT. Swiftech were the only ones to confirm they were indeed working with TT and hence the W2 CPU block based off the Apogee XL and the quick disconnects. The rest either did not respond back or did so with wording I can't repeat on a public forum. You can see examples of these comparisons on ER
and more. Not everything in the media about this is factually correct, and some did not bother doing much research. The end result of these accusations has been a ~80-20 split of the public in favor of Caselabs across the various forums and online channels I frequent and won't change anything.
Thermaltake has no legal obligation to do anything sadly, and judging from everything I have seen they don't mean to do anything about this but go along with their plans. Even if the audience buying this has been reduced by half, they will still be happy as such things will cool down with time. This is what irks me- people will naturally still buy it if priced well, but please don't act about like they did nothing wrong. If they really did nothing wrong, they should invite 3rd party independent media personnel to review their cases, preferably with Caselabs having sent one of their cases to go with it. Ditto with Fractal and whoever have a beef. There will be changes, there will be similarities. The findings then go to the involved parties and they get to make a public statement accordingly. We all know this is not going to happen unless someone buys the cases separately and is invested enough. We also know, from the TT Core X Owner's Club here, that the owners of the cases are not exactly pleased with the post-purchase support. This echoes my own personal experiences over the years also- little as they may be.
This is where Caselabs has won me for life. I made a post here about how the triple 180mm radiator mounts were a pain to use with the pedestal of my Magnum TX10-D case. I sent an email to Jim and KC asking if I can cut the edges of the pedestal top and bottom pieces without affecting case strength, and if they had any suggestions otherwise that I was overlooking. What you guys don't know is that KC and the rest of CaseLabs are working on making two custom pieces so these rad mounts will work as intended. They also took the accessory off the website so others don't have the same issue. You could argue that this was just righting their own wrong but I have been way too jaded by this industry already and know how sparse even something like that is. This is why I am on Caselabs' side now till proven otherwise. Thermaltake have had the opportunity to do otherwise but so far their response has not been enough. If anything, that had irked people even more. Hopefully they spend more time on the cases themselves than figuring out how to sell these as different versions.. hopefully!