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Thermaltake Soprano Snow Edition Chassis Review

The Thermaltake Soprano Snow Edition is a well designed, nicely finished mid-tower chassis. We appreciate the addition of sound-proofing foam at the sides which help to reduce overall noise levels.

Thermaltake have also fitted a top-mounted Hard Disk Drive hot-swap Docking Station which allows you to quickly add a 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD or SSD to the system. This is really practical for transferring files from an old computer or for making backups as you don’t have to take the system apart.

The build quality is at the upper end of the scale for ThermalTake. The front aluminum panel highlights the appearance of a very expensive chassis, however the company have reduced the production costs by not using it throughout the design.

We like the hinged door although this may not appeal to everyone, depending on where the chassis is going and how much space there is available. This door is only hinged on the right-hand side so you have no alternative, unlike the BitFenix Ghost Chassis which could be hinged from both sides.

The thermal performance of the chassis is commendable, with a decent level of airflow from front to back. We were able to run an AMD FX-4170 @ 4.6 GHz at full load for 20 minutes without the CPU temperature breaking the 50 degree mark. There was enough airflow to maintain an excellent thermal threshold.

The sound proofing on the Soprano Snow Edition helps to ensure that this case will appeal to the noise sensitive audience. It rated around 34 dBa in our tests, indicating low noise performance.

The most important factor for this case is the price, and the original Thermaltake Soprano retails for just over £100 from Scan.co.uk so we would expect the Snow Edition to retail within a few pounds of this. Sadly, it would appear that the Snow Edition demands a premium as we found it on Amazon for £119.50 inc vat.

This is expensive, and the Soprano Snow Edition certainly faces some stiff competition at this price. If your main focus is on lowering noise emissions however, then the Soprano deserves some serious consideration.

Pros

  • Looks great.
  • Performs well.
  • Lots of features fitted into a mid-tower chassis.
  • Aluminum front panel.
  • A very quiet chassis.

Cons

  • Very Expensive.
  • Can only add 1 more fan

Kitguru Says: A very nicely designed chassis, although this ‘Snow’ version is currently quite expensive.

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Rating: 8.0.

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