Internal Examination and Conclusions

As always we start with the left panel removed giving you a panoramic view of the Eureka’s interior shown below.

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There are a number of interesting items to be found in the inside chamber of the Eureka, including a removable, but not slide-out motherboard tray. Attached to the motherboard tray is a support bracket for long expansion cards, haven’t seen one of these in years, they used to be pretty standard back when.

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You can get a pretty good look at the expansion card bracket in the photo above as well as all twelve drive bays. In the photo below we pay special attention to the hard drive bays.

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As you’ll notice I have two hard drive trays partially removed with another one completely removed from the case. The reason for this is that, I’m trying to show you the four hard drive mounting grommets on each tray, but unfortunately the tops are coved in silver, but they are rubber.  You mount your HD from the bottom of the drive and these grommets serve to cushion your drives as well as cut down on noise created by vibration.

When I got around to mounting an optical drive, I opened the parts box, and low and behold there were no plastic drive rails to be had. So, the old adage came to mind, ‘when in doubt, read the instructions’.

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Wouldn’t you know it? ThermalTake hid them out of sight where, even I couldn’t lose them. Where? Right behind each of the 5.25′ drive bay covers, the only drives requiring screws besides the hard drives, will be anything you install in the 3.5′ external drive bays.

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Our final photo below is of the opened locking mechanism that makes installation of your expansion cards a breeze as well as screwless.

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Just lift the green tab and move it to the left as shown above (it is held in at the bottom by a tab and slot, so you can remove it completely until you’re ready to lock your expansion cards in position), remove the expansion slot covers that you need and install your video card, etc. and then reposition the lock and you’re good to go.

Conclusion

The ThermalTake Eureka Aluminum Home Server Case is everything its manufacturer claims it is. A beauty to behold, simple yet with a very distinctive look, you won’t see in any other server case.

Its internals can easily handle extended-ATX motherboards with plenty of room to spare and without question this is one case that really doesn’t need a removable motherboard tray although it has one to make your life even easier.

I have absolutely no complaints about the ThermalTake Eureka full-Tower Aluminum Server Case.  There is only one area I can see that needs improvement, and that would be for ThermalTake to install a filter on the unique opening in the left side panel.

We would like to thank the good folks at ThermalTake for sending the Eureka our way, and in accordance with standards set by PC Perspective, the ThermalTake Eureka has earned itself, PC Perspective’s Editor’s Choice Award for quality and craftsmanship at a most reasonable price!

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