Taking everything we have just seen into consideration, let us add a bit of perspective to what that is. While not as capable as say the Prodigy in either form, this chassis is much smaller any way you look at it. Comparing it then to something like what Cooler Master has sent to us in the recent past, the Urban SD1 is almost more than two Elite 110s end to end. So while the Prodigy offers a bit more room inside with more water cooling options, it is huge when placed next to the SD1. On the flip side of it all, I had someone ask for the Elite 110, and they tried to install an AIO in there, and after wires in the fans and cramped conditions that he can no longer deal with, this Urban SD1 will accommodate all of this parts.
The way everything comes apart in modular sections helps all the way around. Not only does it make installation of various components throughout the build much simpler to do, it also allows wiring to be done in stages and kept clean no matter what you leave in or remove from this chassis. While we still advise a modular PSU, we were pleased to see our longer test PSU fit and not have the need to break out the Corsair relic we have as a backup. It is, however, just much easier to tend to the wiring and route them where they need to be rather than having to hide a bunch of leads you don't need.
While we did not give the thermal testing in this chassis any real chance of great results using that tiny Zalman cooler in this chassis, we were impressed to see that the temperatures increased only two degrees over our open air testing. The other, and almost shocking, thing about this chassis is that while we played it off early as going to be loud and obnoxious, the fans chosen are very tolerable.
Reflecting back and thinking of just how easy the build went along with all the options this chassis offers, that initial sticker shock we felt is much easier to take. Sticking with the Urban Series' sleek and sexy aesthetics, offering a compact well thought out design, and even considering things like the diameter of the screw holes so that users did not have to buy a Water2.0 system are all things that more companies should be doing.
In this Urban SD1, Thermaltake has offered exactly what is needed to most users, and the company does so impressively. As long as you aren't trying to impress someone with how tiny of a system can be built, we will be suggesting the Urban SD1 for any Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX build for a long time to come.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Urban SD1 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Urban SD1 retails for $119.72 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The Thermaltake Urban SD1 retails for $229.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermaltake Urban SD1 Micro- Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Urban SD1]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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