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Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 11, 2014 2:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Core V51

 

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With the panels now off the chassis, we get to take a look at the interior. Outside of the bundle of wires at the bottom of the motherboard tray, which are tended to stay out of the way, it is nearly impossible to see the bag of hardware lying in the HDD bays.

 

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At the top, we find this pair of tool-free 5.25" bays. These bays can be filled with obvious things, but they can also be taken out by removing four screws each; the screws are located behind the bezel.

 

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After a small gap of nothingness, we find the five-bay assembly of racks to support storage drives. Each tray is drilled to fit either sized drive, the racks are removable, and you can use just the two-bay section or just the three-bay section, or neither.

 

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With all of the bays now out of the chassis, we can see the options opening up as well. While there are two 120mm fans already in place, there is an adapter plate that can be installed to allow for another to sit atop these two as well. As for the rack to the left, it is not completely useless as-is either, but we need to see the other side to continue that point.

 

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We also wanted to get a view out of the top to show just how many options you have. Not only can you install a multitude of fans and radiators here, but there are also two defined sets for 120mm fans, and one of which allows you to pull everything away from the motherboard to clear much thicker radiators.

 

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As it is, there is a good gap from the top to the first standoff on the motherboard tray; speaking of which, all of the standoffs are installed. We also see a very large access hole, six wire management holes, some with grommets, and seven places to tie wiring.

 

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The space at the back, on the floor, is going to be taken up with a power supply, and you will need to adjust the support bar to fit. In front of that, depending on the PSU length, there are also fan and radiator options now that the bays above are removed.

 

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Looking in at the back exaggerates the gap at the top for cooling gear. From here we can also see the fan with its sleeved cable and three-pin power connection. We also see that in this design, the thumbscrews are kept indoors for more security.

 

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The wiring is somewhat bundled and run for users to get an idea of what needs to be done here. While room to the right is limited to 20mm in total with the door panel on, to the left, there are two locations for a pair of drives to hang using the tabs and clips provided there.

 

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The chassis wiring is long enough to get anywhere you need it to cleanly, and without strain. We have the native USB 3.0 connection, the front panel LED and switch wiring, the three-pin fan leads from the front 120mm fans, and lastly, the HD Audio cable, all dressed in black and ready to blend in.

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