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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
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TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Core V1

 

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The front bezel has a thin ridge at the bottom that offers enough grip to pop it off, free of the front I/O that stays with the chassis. This is done to make cleaning the bezel easier. As for the front of the chassis, we find that the I/O panel is held in with a screw for easy removal during the build, and of course, how can you miss the 200mm fan covering the rest of it.

 

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Looking in at the left side of the chassis again, after stripping it pretty clean, we see the motherboard tray that sections off the motherboard from the PSU at the bottom. Yes, the bottom is too thin to slide in a PSU, but there is a trick for that, which we will show in a bit.

 

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At the back of the chassis there are no fans installed, but the ventilated expansion slot covers are held firmly in place with external screws that are hidden under the removable plastic cap.

 

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As we look into the right side of the chassis, we see two steel frames blocking off the view of the lower half. There are the storage trays that are removable to make installation of either a 3.5" drive or a 2.5" drive very easy to do with screws.

 

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Flipping the chassis around to stand on its face, we can see the motherboard tray pretty well. There is a huge access hole to cover almost any socket location on your Mini-ITX motherboard. We also see a lot of holes around the cutout at the front to offer plenty of places to tie wiring that needs to pass through that hole.

 

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As for the wiring coming from the front I/O panel, there is plenty to get where it is needed, and still have some left to hide. This wiring includes the native USB 3.0 connection, the ribbon cable of LED and button connections, and a black sleeved HD audio connection.

 

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What makes installing the PSU super simple is the fact that the bottom of the chassis is fully removable. This gives you a chance to figure out where to install the rubber isolators near the front before you slide the PSU in through the bottom of the frame.

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