Those who know the Taiwanese company Thermaltake usually know what they are getting. So the housing expert does not really stand for understatement. True to the motto “don’t spill it, but make it big”, Thermaltake usually provides colorful and strikingly designed cases. As a rule, the Taiwanese do not do without extensive RGB lighting. But as the new S300 shows, they can also produce unobtrusive midi towers.
Cheaper alternative to the S500
With the S300, Thermaltake is launching a visually rather inconspicuous tower on the market. It dispenses with lighting completely. It remains to be seen whether this will ultimately be the case when the company enters the market. After all, the first product pictures showed a lighting of the midi tower. If, in the end, there is no lighting, the user can provide it with appropriate components. Thanks to illuminated components, a visually impressive effect can be created. These lighting effects become apparent when looking through the lateral glass pane.
All that the S300 brings with it is a 120 mm fan. But here too, the buyer has to do without lighting. Those who want to install additional fans can mount the corresponding components either on the back of the front or on the lid of the case. Alternatively, mounting in front of the mainboard is also possible. In front of the mainboard, a total of three fans, each with a diameter of 200mm, can be installed.
Design with understatement
Thermaltake does not conduct any experiments with the S300. The design of the Midi Tower, for example, follows more classical concepts. The necessary power supply and the cage for the HDDs or SSDs are located at the bottom of the tower. The required power supply is hidden under a separate panel. This has a decisive advantage. After all, it allows the HDD cage to be removed if the space is needed elsewhere. For example, this may be necessary if the user wants to install deep radiators at the front. In addition to the HDD cage, the top of the power supply cover also offers the possibility to mount an HDD or SSD. As a result, the small midi tower has room for four hard disks.
Much freedom for the hobbyist
Thermaltake does not impose strict specifications on the user when equipping the S300. There are no restrictions when it comes to choosing the right coolers or graphics cards. However, attention must be paid to the spatial limitations. Especially when installing an expansion tank directly in front of the mainboard tray, there are some things to consider. This reduces the maximum length of the expansion cards to 280mm. Even this length should be more than sufficient to be able to install graphics cards with a convincing performance. If the hobbyist uses a riser kit, even a vertical mounting of the graphics card is possible.
Price and availability
It is still unclear when Thermaltake’s S300 will be launched on the market. However, impatient people can take a look at the S500. Not only is it bigger, but it also comes with better features. The S500 is already available from about 100 Euro. Based on this price, one can roughly estimate at what price the S300 will be available on the market. Here we expect a RRP between 70 and 80 Euros.