Thermaltake announce divider series pc cases
At WePC, we have been fortunate to have tested several Thermaltake PC cases in the past few weeks, the most famous of which is Thermaltake View 71. Thermaltake has indeed begun to improve the quality of its chassis series, providing consumers with a large number of new employees worthy of serious consideration. With this in mind, today we decided to test one of their smaller boxes to see how it compares in terms of build quality, heat dissipation, noise level and assembly.
The case we will see today is the exact opposite of Thermaltake View 71. Compared with Thermaltake Core V1, its size is only one-tenth, and the price is almost as cheap. This is one of the older MiniITX protective cases still on sale today, but don't let it fool you. Due to some interesting design features that we will introduce later, this situation still occupies an important position in today's market.
Before we dive into Core V1, let's take a closer look at the specifications and some available cooling changes.
The Thermaltake Core V1 is packed in a small brown cardboard box with two styrofoam protective films. The box has almost nothing to offer, having said that, the most important thing is that the box arrives intact. In it, we find the following:
So looking at the design, this case doesn't really provide much of an aesthetic appeal. I mean, it's a small cube. Exciting, right? Well, I think it depends on your personal taste for small cases. On this all-black themed shelf, the only difference is the Thermaltake logo (located on the bottom of the front panel) and the acrylic ceiling panel. The front provides a mesh finish to allow the huge 200mm fan to draw in sufficient airflow, while the sides are mostly solid steel with a small air intake at the bottom.
Overall, the design of this case is pretty basic. However, I think this is what you get at this price. I'd rather have the manufacturer work hard internally to add functionality, to make it easier to build and assemble. So in the end, this isn't the most attractive case in the world, of course, but it's certainly not the worst.
As mentioned above, the front of Thermaltake Core V1 is a classic of Thermaltake Core series. The steel mesh we know from this range is made of small holes that help provide sufficient airflow for the 200mm fan. The logo can be seen on the bottom front panel, and the I/O ports are on the left. The top and bottom edges of the front panel adopt a true Core style, which at least gives it some design features.
In terms of panel, the rear of the chassis undoubtedly provides the most functions. All thumbscrews can be found on each side panel at the back of the case. Everyone thinks it's relatively cheap, but judging from the situation at this price, that's to be expected. At the top of the rear panel, you can clearly see the installation area of the two 80mm fans. Now this initially sounds like a good idea, extra airflow. However, in hindsight, unless you have a very quiet fan, this will only add a lot of noise to the situation. So remember this.
Below the fan bracket, you will see the cutouts for the I/O shield next to the two expansion slots equipped with this chassis. Move down and you will see a power socket with a standard size power supply. This is a great feature when you consider that many SFF cases will not provide this support. Finally, under all of these is a small label that can be pulled to remove the dust filter from the power supply.
If you look at this case from the left, you can see the I / O ports on the front. This protective case provides 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone / microphone jack, and a standard power / sleep button. A nice design feature of the side panels is that they all have a large honeycomb mesh section. This means that when you install the GPU, you can get enough air when needed. The opposite side panel is the same, except for the I / O ports, if you want to experiment, they can be completely swapped.
The top in this case provides the most elegant appearance of all the panels in this case. Considering the full size of the case, it is equipped with a fairly large acrylic observation window. This is only for design reasons, if you want, you can choose to display your hardware. Other than that, there is really nothing to offer at the top. The fan cannot be installed here, and there is no outstanding feature.
So, inside. Now, although this case does not have a lot of working space compared with the mid-tower case, it is actually considered to be quite spacious compared to other small cases. Starting from the front of the
, to get a 200mm fan and I/O port connection, you only need to remove the front panel. To do this, slide the top panel back slightly, then use the edges to push the front panel away. After entering, you can easily remove the 200 mm fan if you wish. The user can choose to reinstall a single 120mm fan or a 140mm fan in its location. During the installation process, we found that removing the 200mm fan from the front gave us more room to access
On the right, you can see the internal design of the case well. Thermaltake created a layered system where the motherboard sits on the side above the power supply. This is a great way to locate components because it makes cable management a lot easier. This also means that it won't overstretch for any particular component. You may notice that the PSU section is very compact. Sliding the power supply is not an option. That being said, you only need to remove the bottom panel, turn the case over, and install the power supply in this way. simple. There is almost no function on the back of the
box, and there is no pre-installed exhaust fan. In other words, you do have room to install two 80mm fans above the I/O port cutout. The expansion slot can be accessed by removing the plastic shroud clipped to the back of the chassis. Other than that, there is almost nothing to report. But this is to be expected for the miniITX case. The last side of the
box is the right side panel. After removing the panel, it will reveal two hard drive trays, which can be removed if needed. They accept 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives and are connected by a thumbscrew on the motherboard tray.
Now that we have reviewed the exterior and interior from a design perspective, let's take a closer look at some of the more subtle features that may not initially stand out.
Design: Now, although you may have downplayed the design before, in any case, from an aesthetic point of view, Core V1 definitely feels great in terms of functionality in terms of build and assembly. Since this is a small enclosure and very limited space, it is helpful to be able to remove all panels to access components and wiring. As mentioned above, it is useful to remove the front fan when connecting all devices to the power source.
In addition, it is possible to explore defined cooling aspects by swapping side panels. Some people find that moving one of the side panels to the ceiling can make airflow more efficient. A good feature in the case of being considered very cheap.
Fan-Next is the fan. Now you may be thinking, what's the big deal with only 3 fans? Well, it's more than that. Although the front fan is large and generates a lot of airflow, it hinders the larger GPU. Therefore, if you want to remove it and install a 120mm/140mm in its place, you will leave more room for the full-length GPU. This is something you are unlikely to see at this price point. It also has an additional rear fan, which will undoubtedly provide a better overall cooling solution. Thumbs up for fan settings.
So we finally came to the conclusion of Thermaltake Core V1. This is where we answer some of the major questions surrounding this case, such as: Is this case worth the money for? Is this case easy to install or should I buy a mid-tower? Is this case worth my money?
Well, let's start at the top. In terms of value, this phone case currently sells for approximately $45, which has been the case since its launch. Now, when you consider the comparison with some other miniITX cases, I think this case is excellent value for money. It is equipped with a pre-installed 200 mm intake fan, enough space for construction and customization, and design features that allow the side panels to be interchanged in any direction. Compared with the miniITX case of this size, this not only makes it worthwhile, but also makes the construction of this PC case a breeze.
On the other hand, Core V1 has several disadvantages. This is not the smallest box in the world, which may discourage people, because size is the number one factor in miniITX boxes. In addition, it also offers limited cooling options. If you plan to build a very powerful PC in this situation, it may be difficult for you to keep the internal temperature low.
Finally, if you are looking for a miniITX chassis with a limited budget, but still want a nice build process and some nice features, I strongly recommend you to check it out in your next project. It may be exactly what you are looking for. The
Thermaltake Core V1 may be a cheap PC case, but don’t let it fool you. This one provides some great features and build quality that exceeds its price.
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