Installation

Overall, the installation of components into the Mozart Tx enclosure was very straightforward and quite easy.  Because the case is so large, there is plenty of room to work in the various compartments with many options for routing wires and maximizing airflow.

 

Power Supply

 

For this review I installed a Thermaltake Toughpower 750W power supply.  This unit features a bottom mounted intake fan so I positioned the power supply with the fan to the outside so that it can draw cool air in thru the side panel vent.

 

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As you can see there is plenty of room behind the power supply so an even larger-longer unit could be installed without issues if desired.

 

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Side Panel Doors

 

As I mentioned earlier, the side doors are hinged but are not easily removed.  They only open about 90° and won’t stay open by themselves if you lay the case down on its side to work on.  I used a 20′ metal rod to prop the door open while installing the various components.

 

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Optical and HDDs

 

Installing the various drives was uneventful and the ones I installed fit OK.  For the external drives, you must first remove the individual black perforated metal inserts.  The 5.25′ drives use tool-less rail systems while the 3.5′ HDDs drives must be bolted into place with the supplied screws.  The 5.25′ rail systems didn’t lock the two optical drives in position as securely as I would like.  You can alternately use screws to attach the drives, which I recommend.

 

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The lower five HDD mounting positions in the removable cage are fitted with rubber grommets to help reduce the transmission of vibrations and noise.  Each HDD drive is bolted into position with special shoulder screws that come with the case.

 

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ATX Motherboard

 

I installed a full size Asus K8NE-Deluxe motherboard into the chassis without issues.  The Tx case uses threaded standoffs for mounting points.   Like most of the newer universal motherboard trays, the Tx chassis comes with three Mylar insulating pieces that should be applied to the tray before installing an ATX motherboard.

 

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Note the large Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX heatsink fan on top of our Athlon 64 CPU.  Watch for a review of this bad boy in the near future… 🙂

 

The PCI expansion slots are fitted with tool-less plastic clips that are designed to hold each card in place.  I didn’t like the way it secured the video card in my system and I used the optional tried and true machine screw instead.

 

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Media Lab VFD and Remote Control

 

Thermaltake’s optional Media Lab is one of the best full featured HTPC display/remotes currently on the market and comes pre-installed in a 5.25′ bay bracket.  However, the Mozart Tx case is designed to allow mounting the Media Lab display unit behind a dedicated smoked-glass window on the front panel.

 

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To install the Media Lab into the Mozart Tx case you first pop off the case’s front bezel and then transfer the display device from the bay bracket to the front bezel.  This results in a very clean installation, which adds both class and functionality to the finished system.

 

Fans

 

I did not install any additional fans into the Mozart Tx enclosure but just used the five included 120mm fans.  This should provide very good case cooling for most users.  Each individual fan is relatively quiet (<35 dBA) but with five of them running the noise increases a bit (38.6 dBA).  Decreasing the fan voltage to 7V still provided very good airflow but with minimal noise (<35 dBA).

 

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