InstallationThe internal layout of the Thermaltake Spedo chassis is pretty typical for a standard full-tower ATX style case except for the thermal management system baffles if you purchase the Advance Package edition. The overall installation of basic components was accomplished with ease. As you will see in the following pictures there is plenty of room to work inside the Spedo enclosure.
For this review I used one of Thermaltake’s new Toughpower 850W XT power supplies, which comes with both fixed and modular cables. The power supply slides into position from inside the enclosure and is supported by two metal brackets. Once in position the PSU is secured with four screws thru the backside panel.
Note: One potential problem with locating the PSU at the bottom of a full-tower enclosure is that the PSU cables need to be quite long to reach all the way up into the motherboard area. Just keep this in mind when selecting components.
Exposed Drive Bays – Optical Drives
Before a 5.25” drive or bay device can be mounted a black grill bay cover must be removed from inside the front bezel. Once that is accomplished you just push the tool-less latch on the side to release it and slide the drive in from the front. Once the drive is in position another push on the tool-less latch should reengage the retention mechanism. In practice this mounting arrangement proved to be convenient and nice for quick installations.
The Spedo case includes one 3.5” bay adapter, which can be used to replace one of the 5.25” bay covers for mounting a universal card reader or other 3.5” device of your choice.
Internal Hard Disc Drives
The Spedo chassis contains two re-locatable HDD cages, which together can hold up to six 3.5” HDDs. Hard Disc Drives mount in plastic trays that slide out when the latching lever on the front is pulled out. The tool-free trays engage each drive with small plastic pins to hold them in place, which proved to work quite well.
I installed a full size ATX motherboard (Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe) and dual video cards into the Spedo full-tower enclosure without issues. The chassis uses threaded standoffs for mounting points and everything lined up and fit the way it was supposed to. As you can see in the photos there is a good bit of room around the motherboard area to work and connect cables.