Interior Examination and Conclusions

As we have often stated, most of the goodies are always on the inside and while this is true with the Eclipse DV, we must admit that the exterior of this case had plenty of goodies of its own!

So now, let’s concentrate on the Eclipse DV’s interior. You’ve already seen a portion of the interior in our photo of the window panel, now here it is with the side panel removed.

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Sad to say, the Eclipse DV does not have a slide-out removable motherboard tray, but both of the 3.5′ bay cages are removable, giving the user ample room to install their pride and joy, in other words, new computer system!

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The first area we’ll look at are the exposed 5.25′ drive bays, in the photo above you can see the drive rails and enough are supplied so that you could populate all four bays, if you so desired.

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The photo above shows the two exposed 3.5′ drive bays and you can see that we have it partially removed so you can get a better view and a sense of direction.

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In the photo above you can see that we have the internal 3.5′ bays and of particular interest are the rubber grommets that serve as vibration dampeners lessoning hard drive noise caused by vibration. Thumbscrews are provided for HD installation.

At the center bottom of the photo above, you’ll see a thumbscrew that must be removed to slide out (towards you) the HD cage, but be careful as there is a small spring under the thumbscrew that you don’t want to lose as it helps keep everything tight, which means less noise.

Our last photo below shows you the screw-less card expansion slots; all you need to do is open the green latch, remove the slot cover, install your card (video card etc.) and close the green latch, your card is now secure.

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I’ve opened the top and third latch down so you can get the idea.

Conclusion

While I’ve been critical where I believe it was called for, never the less, I was extremely impressed with what ThermalTake accomplished with the Eclipse DV, not to mention at a retail selling price of about $ 100 (US).

They delivered an entry level aluminum case with fantastic styling and innovation not seen before, in the inclusion of the DVD combo drive built into the door, the case is clean and tight with minimal noise generated, thanks to the low noise fans and the noise suppression grommets pre-installed.

For someone building a system for the first time, or someone on a budget , you can’t go wrong with the value for money spent that ThermalTake has built into the Eclipse DV!

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