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Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX SFF Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 9:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX Chassis




Right out of the gate, we can see the Core Series in the front bezel design. There is only an expanse of steel mesh with small round holes to ventilate the entire front of the chassis, with only the logo at the bottom to impede on the air flow.




With the front of the chassis now to the right, as it curves up to the top, we are greeted with a view of the windowed panel that Thermaltake installs on the top of the chassis for transit. Remember, this panel can be swapped with either of the side panels as well.




As for the left side of the chassis, we can see that same curve the bezel made to the top of the chassis is also mimicked at the floor as it wraps around the front I/O panel. The stock side panel offered here is a well-ventilated panel that will allow a video card to breathe rather well later in the build.




The front I/O panel is topped with a blue power LED to the left, and to the right of that there is a red HDD activity LED. Then we see a large power button followed by two USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm HD audio jacks, and a much smaller reset button at the bottom.




The back of the chassis has thumbscrews to hold in the top and sides, as well as the bottom of this chassis, to make the build process as easy as possible. We also find the pair of optional fan locations for 80mm fans, with two expansion card slots off to the right. The rear I/O is horizontal, just above where the PSU is to be installed. You can also pick up on the tab hanging there to remove the dust filter.




The right side of the chassis is a mirror image of the left side, sans the I/O panel. Again, if you want, the windowed panel could be placed here, and this panel could be moved to the top. Or, if for some reason you want to do so, you can even flip the side panels, and put the ventilation near the bottom.




Looking at the bottom of the chassis, we find thick, hard rubber feet near the corners, a dust filter under the PSU, and in the raised sections, there are some rubber PSU supports that can be installed depending on PSU length.

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