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Thermaltake Core X31 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 15, 2016 6:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake Corte X31 Mid-Tower Chassis

 

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The face of the Core X31 comes with an entire panel of mesh, which looks like stacked bricks. At the top, there is a pair of removable panels to utilize the 5.25" bays, and towards the bottom of the chassis is a Thermaltake logo, boldly contrasting the black around it.

 

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At the top, but not connected to the front bezel, we find the front I/O panel. Starting at the left of the I/O panel, there are HD Audio jacks, a tiny reset button, an HDD LED, and the LED-ringed power button is in the middle. Beyond those, we then find the pairs of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

 

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The top of the chassis is made of steel, and for now is covered with a large magnetic dust filter. The dust filter is made of fine mesh to keep dust out and removes easily to access fan or water cooling mounts under it.

 

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The left side of the Core X31 shows the gaps in the panels are almost non-existent, and that the vast majority of the side panel is a window. In most instances we do not like to see the bays, but since these can be removed and replaced with other goods you may want to see, we can appreciate its width.

 

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We first noticed that the side panels have both thumbscrews and hex-head screws holding them onto the frame, most likely for shipping reasons only. Down the back we see the rear I/O area and the slots and mesh to the right for the rear exhaust fan. Beneath the cable lock loop, we see eight expansion slots, a large rubber grommet next to them, and the PSU is installed at the bottom.

 

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The right side of the Core X31 is plain, but again, the panel fitment is on point, keeping the lines tight and tidy. There is a finger-grab at the back to help with removal, but both side panels come off with little effort or struggle.

 

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Four shiny plastic legs with rubber rings at the bottom of them are used to support the chassis off whatever surface it sits on top of. This way the majority of the lower portion of this chassis, what is under the fan filter, can be used as an air intake, passive or otherwise.

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