First impressions of the chassis are that it is a rock solid ox of a chassis. While a tad heavy, nothing was missed in this design. Of course, there are all of the major features we covered, but there are also all of the smaller things like thumbscrews that do not come out of the door panels, a built in wire tending bracket behind the chassis, the plethora of easily accessible filters, all inside of a mid-tower design that seems to offer more than what its space allows for.
The sound absorbing material is of course the majority of that excess weight in this design, but as it is shipped from the factory, both from the front as well as the sides, there is nothing to be heard from a foot away from the chassis, it is only when you move around to the back that we took a 34dB reading of noise from the exhaust fan. The list of goodies found in this design truly goes on and on, and would likely take us another two pages to keep on gloating about everything we found to be on point or exceeding our expectations.
The down sides of this design are very short, and even then, we can make adjustments as needed. As shipped, the 200mm fan is choked off with dual fan filters, and of course is mostly blocked by the HDD cage, allowing temperatures to get a tad warmer than we are used to seeing. However, we can always remove the bays, and also remove one of the fan filters to alleviate this, but keep in mind that this chassis is intended to have all of the cooling replaced at some point with more fans if needed, and of course water cooling. Other than that, we do wish that the front door was reversible, but hey, you can't have everything custom to the way you want it.
For the mediocre amount of money that this chassis will cost you, you are definitely getting your money's worth, down to the last penny. It is super strong, tank-like if you will, and has a sort of Fractal Design feel to the level of strength and build, which is a good thing in our opinion. We love that everything is black, no surprises of blue or anything that would make a themed build inside of it look funny, and it is definitely a chassis that will be sitting in use much longer than the warranty is good for. This is due mainly to the fact that for a mid-tower design, you get full-tower accommodations, customization to suit your needs, and is a chassis that will grow as your builds and cooling needs progress in time.
While we do droll over a lot of cases, the Thermaltake Suppressor F51 has to be the most feature rich "standard" tower design chassis that Thermaltake has released in quite some time, and if you have not been taken by the Core series, or other various offerings that Thermaltake has to offer you, now is the perfect chance to dive right in feet first, because at $119.99, you are hard pressed to come up with something as feature rich and solid as the Suppressor F51 is.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: The Suppressor F51 takes Thermaltake cases to a new level of silence. While doing so, they left no stone unturned and packed in as many features as possible, without making the sides of the chassis burst from the pressure.
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