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Thermaltake Urban SD1 Micro SFF Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 1, 2014 2:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Urban SD1

 

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Removing the top is simple enough, but the view inside of the chassis is greatly impeded by the optical and storage rack at the front as well as the PSU bracket at the back. Removing one thumbscrew allows the front to slide back and lift out, but to remove the PSU bracket, there is a thumbscrew out back as well as six screws on the frame rails.

 

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Doing things a bit differently, we removed the components to show what they are for. This is, of course, the front bracket that offers room for a pair of 5.25-inch devices to the right, a single 3.5-inch drive to the left, and two places on top for 2.5-inch drives, all built into this assembly.

 

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If there is a need for a pair of 3.5-inch drives to be stored, under the rack we just looked at, this rack is slid into clips on the floor of the chassis and has a single thumbscrew to lock it into place. Both the top and the bottom offer rubber grommets to isolate the drives.

 

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At the other end of the chassis is the PSU bracket. This allows the PSU to be installed fan up or fan down, while the right side is completely opened up to allow for video cards to run under the structural support it offers when back in the chassis.

 

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Once those are removed, we went ahead and slid the motherboard tray out of the back. This offers a pair of 60mm fans, room for Mini-ITX or a Micro-ATX motherboard, and four expansion slots. With this design, everything can be installed and wired with this out of the chassis.

 

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With everything out of the chassis, we can now see inside of the front bezel. The 90mm fan offered is set low, mainly to make room for the drive bays, but it is also low enough not to interfere with AIO installation that happens here with the optional plate used.

 

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All three fans use 4-pin Molex connectors that can connect together and be powered by the PSU Molex line. We also have the LED and switch wiring, HD Audio, and Native USB 3.0 all in black to help blend into the chassis.

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