Thermaltake Mambo 1

Thermaltake Mambo Review

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First impression

My very very first impression when the mailman gave me the box was "wow, it's very light". It must either be very weak or just light material.
The list of things in the box is quite short though that's not unusual for a computer case. Everything you need seems to be there. There is a big orange cooler in the back which should blow a lot of hot air out of the case. The side has space for a 80mm fan just above the CPU and the front can hold an additional 120mm fan. Which is unfortunately not included. There is enough space for hard drives, probably more than anyone buying this case needs. And the 5.25" bays are hidden behind a nice door. The door is made of plastic and feels quite fragile, I hope I won't break it.

A closer look

The case, obviously.

The door, behind it are four 5.25" bays. It opens by pushing it lightly.

The 5.25" bays and the external 3.5" bays don't need screws. Simple pins are used instead which keep the drives in place.
The internal hard drive bays do need screws. There are five of them so there should be enough space for future expansion or a nice RAID array.

The case comes with a 120mm orange fan in the back, it has to make fewer RPM to move the same amount of air as an 80mm model. This should keep the case silent.
The side has space for an additional 80mm fan, it's placed just over the CPU socket (for most motherboards) so it could really make a difference if your CPU runs too hot.

The front ports are placed on the lower right side of the case, this could be annoying when your computer is placed against a wall. It does help prevent a mess in your case since they don't go through the whole case. The wires are all labeled so it shouldn't be hard to connect them using your motherboard's manual.

If you're installing your new AGP or PCI expansion card you do need screws in this case. Personally I like the good old screws, I've seen some cases with screwless installation which wouldn't work with certain cards.
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