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Thermaltake Core W100 Super-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Super-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2016 7:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Core W100

 

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This is the way we chose to build our W100. We mentioned the HDD bays can be mounted in the front bezel, but if you planned to use water cooling there, you could offset the bays like we did here. Even in this orientation, you can go with the bays high like we did, or lower them depending on what you like. Otherwise, the rest of the chassis is just a vast open cavity awaiting massive amounts of gear.

 

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Without a ton of time to prepare to get this review live for you to read for launch day, we did not install one of the optional radiator supports in the top of the chassis. As you can see there is plenty of room here for the fattest of radiators and fans on both sides, all of it not conflicting with the top of the motherboard that sits lower in the chassis.

 

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We opted not to install any of the ODD bay brackets since we do not use an optical drive, but we can see them being used for reservoirs or pump/res combo units. With none of that in here, it allowed us to move the drive bays up, offering room for either six 3.5" drives, 2.5" drives, or a combination of them in these slide out plastic trays.

 

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The motherboard tray is large and is plainly marked for the standoffs of each of the optional form factors this chassis can house. There are plenty of wire management holes with grommets along the right side, and most of the extra holes are for the bits that hold the HDD racks behind the motherboard tray.

 

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Of course, you need to leave room at the back of the chassis for the PSU, but in this design, even with the HDD bays used in this manner, the floor is open to accept a triple radiator without anything blocking it. There are also grommets very low in the chassis to allow wiring fans and such much easier down here too.

 

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The rear of the chassis offers a spot for a 120mm or 140mm exhaust, and below that we find that there are ten ventilated and removable slot covers, all held in place with thumbscrews.

 

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The PSU area is raised off the floor of the chassis, and in the hardware, you will locate four rubber supports to keep the PSU level and the screw holes aligned with the back of the chassis. If you do not plan to use water cooling here, the PSU can be of any length, which is helpful for those beastly PSUs over 1KW.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is plenty of room. You have the option to install four HDD trays in the back, of which we installed two at the top, and three spots are located along the bottom, which we did not install. You can also take two of the radiator supports and install them across this area from left to right if desired, but do so during the build process; it simplifies getting them in.

 

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If you think the room here is not deep enough to support water cooling behind the tray, think again. Thermaltake offers three inches of room behind the tray, plus a bit more space in the panel to allow you to pack quite a bit in back here.

 

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All of the wiring is sleeved in black; even the ends are black, so they blend into any build. The length is the longest we have seen in any chassis, but with a super-tower and a Mini-ITX board, their runs can be lengthy, and this wiring will still be able to be managed and offer a clean finished build.

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