As we did with its larger brother, we still find ourselves really liking the outward aesthetics that these new Core series cases bring to the market. The simplicity of a flat mesh front panel that just curves to the top and bottom edges of the chassis looks sleek, and the steel, almost gives off a soft vibe. The magnetic filter on the top, the slide out front filter, and the pair in the floor, make this an almost impenetrable fortress against dust. Even with only three fans installed out of the huge amount of options allowed in this chassis, we found our components were nice and chilly while held securely inside of this very stable mid-tower - even with half the guts missing.
With the Core V51, we sort of took the easy way out, using a triple 120mm
AIO, and air cooling for the video card. This chassis has so much more potential than that. If you want to leave all of the bays in, there is still ample room at the top for double and triple radiators of varying thicknesses. Additionally, due to the offset allowed in the top, when using 120mm gear, you can get really thick with the depth, as it is far from the motherboard, coolers, and memory. If you can work a screwdriver, and have no need for the bays, the options open wide. We are talking potential radiators in the front, the top, the back, and even on the floor. Since the bays are not structural to the chassis design as it is shipped, the Core V51 is as rock solid, if not more solid with radiators installed versus the bays.
On the down side... oh, who are we trying to kid with that one? There really is no down side to this chassis, or what it intends to deliver to the customers. With modular systems at play, the option to gut things without destroying the structural integrity, plenty of room for our gear, and the ability to house an E-ATX motherboard without issue, this chassis really sticks in our minds. The Core V51 keeps all the style we loved from the beginning, and offers so many options you will likely run out of money before you could call this chassis stuffed with gear. Then, there are the smaller things like the internal screws for the expansion slots, a cord tender so you don't lose gear at a LAN, and a design that even when filled with fifty pounds of gear, will resist rough handling, and still sit straight as an arrow as you rest it on the table. The Core V51 is impressive, to say the least.
So, in the end, we have a very feature loaded chassis that is built like a brick outhouse. Considering most feature rich mid-tower designs will run you in the hundred dollar range, with a few exceptions, at $109.99, the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower chassis is a steal. The design is just that good.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Core V51 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 Core V51 retails for $109.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The Core V51 retails for CDN$206.58 at Amazon Canada.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||100%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Thermaltake's Core V51 is a mid-tower case unlike most others! Room for almost anything you can think of, options galore, and one of the most thought out water cooling cases in this price range that is solid as a rock to boot.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Core V51]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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