Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Anyone who pays half the attention to cases that we do, have seen a great proliferation in chassis designs that have come from Thermaltake over the past year or two. In the olden days, they tended to make the more usual suspects when it came to cases, but always had something in their lineup that put them ahead of the curve, even if they were too expensive at that time for most of us to enjoy them. Now it seems things have sort of flipped the script. More and more now we are seeing many very cool designs and feature implementations in their cases, and while once out of the range of most users to get the best of what Thermaltake had to offer, it seems now, that almost all of Thermaltake chassis designs are indeed affordable and attainable for most to enjoy.
Coming fresh from the Core series cases that are all the rage at the moment, and highly sought after for the large interior and mod-ability that has launched a competition, we venture into the more typical chassis design this time around. The thing is though, that while we are now speaking of taller and slimmer designs like the more standard Core cases, the idea of needing to make changes along the way is not lost on Thermaltake. While most of their designs as of late have been top notch with tons of in your face features along with a few hidden ones, there was one logical step for Thermaltake to make this time around.
That step is of course to take all of what we are loving in these newer case designs, and putting it inside of a chassis that is made with silence in mind. Of course, nothing is lost with this design either; we still get the hidden goodies, and a lot of the one off features that come only in Thermaltake designs, but major strides are made this time around to deaden any and all noises typically associated with a standard PC design. All of this has culminated in the chassis that we are bringing you today, which is the Thermaltake Suppressor F51 mid-tower chassis.
Get comfortable and ready the time needed to have a look, because this is one of those cases that you just don't want to miss.
A quick glance at the specifications shows we have a lot to go over before we show you the actual chassis, so let's dive right in and get this out of the way. The Suppressor F51 is a mid-tower design that measures 525mm in depth, is 230mm in width, and stands 577mm tall, weighing in at 12.7kg empty. While there is a windowed version out in the wild, ours is the windowless version, and everything about this chassis is black, inside and out. Externally, this chassis may appear to resemble other Tt designs, but looking deeper at the closed off front panel, the amount of dust filtration, and the fact that every hole that isn't currently populated with a fan offers sound deadening materials in those locations. With a brushed aluminum front panel that is plain, sleek, and simple, along with the flat side panels in this design allows users to enjoy its simplicity and lack of noise in the office due to the tricks and design elements that Thermaltake has employed.
Inside the chassis there is also a lot to cover. This chassis is cooled with a 200mm fan in the front, and uses a second fan at the rear, a 140mm fan to exhaust the chassis. There are two removable 5.25" drive bays, and these trays are also drilled in the floor for storage as well. Below that, we find six 3.5" bays that are used for storage, and each tray in the rack also accommodates 2.5" drives too. One thing not mentioned is that even with the ODD bays and HDD bays removed, there is still room to house two of the HDD trays behind the motherboard to allow for much needed storage locations if you plan to fill this chassis to its limits with water cooling. Since we have an image that you will see in the hardware and accessories, that show all of the cooling options, feel free to read the listings there, but we feel the image is worth a thousand words and also simplifies life a bit when it comes to cooling options. Outside of that, the chart ends with limitations, like 185mm for a CPU cooler, 310mm or 465mm of video card spacing depending on the removal of the HDD rack, and we have 220mm of room for a PSU, and even an adjustable support for the front, and it comes equipped with a gasket at the back of the chassis for the PSU as well.
As for the availability of this chassis, technically we were under an NDA until the June 2, but someone broke said NDA and is why we get to bring this chassis forward a bit early, but as of this moment, we cannot find a retail listing for this chassis. Even so, we were in fact given the MSRP that we should soon find this design available for from just about any e-tailer, and even what you can buy direct from Thermaltake for, and we were told that price is just $119.99. Astonishing if you ask us, the level of features, the look and appeal of this chassis design, and the customizations that this chassis will allow for to us is very much worth this asking price, not only on paper, but in real life.
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