SwordM Case – Internal View
The spacious interior of the Thermaltake SwordM full-tower enclosure has a typical ATX layout with the power supply located at the top of the case. The SwordM supports mATX, ATX, and Extended ATX motherboards. All of the mounting positions on the black anodized motherboard mounting plate are clearly laser etched so there is no doubt where the standoffs go for each format.
The limited edition SwordM enclosure even includes a personalized note on the inside from Thermaltake’s lead design engineer.
Looking up into the top of the case you can see there is a separate compartment that contains the power supply, 7” drive bays, and two 120mm exhaust fans.
Looking down towards the floor of the case gives another look at the large grill that can be fitted with two 120mm fans if you want even more airflow than what is already provided by the five pre-installed case fans.
The front drive storage area features two 7” bays on top with eight more 5.25” bays below. The two 7” drive bays have 5.25” adapters pre-installed, which must be removed before installing a 7” bay device like Thermaltake’s retractable LCD monitor. The bottom 5.25” bay is fitted with a parts drawer and the internal HDD cage occupies three more 5.25” bays. All of the 5.25” drive bays use standard machine screws to secure each optical drive or bay device. Unfortunately there does not appear to be any means for mounting a 3.5” external device. The case doesn’t come with a built-in card reader so it would be nice to have a 3.5” bay available to mount one.
The removable HDD cage is designed to hold up to three 3.5” HDDs, which doesn’t seem like very many for a case this size. This appears to be the same HDD cage used in some other Thermaltake enclosures like the Kandalf. A 120mm cooling fan with blue LEDs is mounted on the front and draws outside air in thru slots on the front of the case for cooling. Unfortunately there is no dust filter.
Looking back towards the rear of the case you can see the two rear 120mm case fans and the optional water-cooling system pump and reservoir. Notice that the back area around the motherboard is completely open. Thermaltake refers to this as a “revolutionary open back plate design that provides maximum internal airflow”. Well I don’t know how revolutionary it is but the design makes sense given the back of the case is normally covered by the rear door.