Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Right as news breaks from Thermaltake about their new additions to the Core series of cases, we were also given an exclusive sneak peak at one of these three chassis designs. Of course keeping some of the external features of the Core series, these latest submissions are less of a standard tower, and more a run of cube chassis designs. Building off of cases like the HAF XB, or maybe even the Air Series from Corsair, Thermaltake is now taking their turn at offering up something along the lines of the aforementioned cases, but in typical Thermaltake style as of late, adds that Thermaltake flair to the interior and its layout to offer the most customizable and functional layout we have yet to see in any chassis of this nature.
Thanks to Thermaltake China listing these cases way before the NDA broke, with a little bit of looking online, we were given product pages for the Core X1, the smallest of this series, the Core X2, similar in size to others on the market, and also the Core X9 that just takes the idea of a cube chassis to enormous proportions. While with the smaller chassis, there are some limitations to the amount of fans or water cooling that can be installed, but the modularity and customizability is not lost on any of the three. As we move to the Core X2, we find a chassis for the everyman, or something that should cover most users' needs. Then we have the granddaddy of the series in the Core X9. To say this chassis is large is an understatement, in fact, there are more options than most will be able to use, and still offers, just like the others in the X lineup, to stack on top of one another to make even larger cases with room for small children to play around in it.
Out of the three we were given, the gigantic Core X9 is what we will be having an in-depth look at today. As you follow the images, and lay your eyes on all of the ways that Thermaltake makes life simple for any build of any scope, keep your eyes peeled for the fine details as well as the plainly obvious offerings. Just when we thought the Core V71 was the best chassis design Thermaltake has come up with in quite some time, they go and turn the tables and develop a whole new way to take over the market with their version of a certain style of case design. While the Corsair Air series, and Cooler Master HAF XB have been the go to cases for cube style builds, they should be worried, as Thermaltake offers something along the lines of what you would get from Caselabs or Mountain Mods, but with much less cost associated to experience what this Core X9 E-ATX cube chassis brings to the market.
Again with the help of Thermaltake China, we were able to find a specification chart to duplicate in English, and they are not afraid to list every aspect of this design. We see that the CA-1D8-00F-1WN-00, or more simply the Core X9 is an Extended-ATX cube chassis that is made from SPCC steel, and is painted throughout with a textured black paint. If we weren't clear about its size, one look at the fifteen inch width, near twenty inch height, and twenty-five inch length, along with the 37.5 pound dry weight ought to help send the message home loud and clear. The front of the chassis is mostly comprised of steel mesh with wider thin slits for air flow; it also offers an I/O panel that can be installed on either side of the chassis, but as shipped comes on the left side of the bezel.
Both chassis doors are also interchangeable, one of which offers a large clear window, and the other offers ventilation for both the top section and bottom section of the chassis interior. Even the top is well ventilated, and needs to be for the cooling options it offers, and even comes with magnetic dust filters, just like the ventilated side panel does.
When it comes to parts and their compatibility, we see that this chassis will hold anything from Mini-ITX on through E-ATX motherboards on the removable motherboard tray. The front of the chassis offers a trio of 5.25" bays, but when it comes to storage drives, there are quite a few options. There are two cages of three trays that will hold either 3.5" or 2.5" drives, but there is yet another area to use. On the motherboard tray, there is a bracket that has the same tray used in the cages mounted to it. So you can use that in the same way as the rest, but it also is removable. Then you can install a pair of 2.5" drives as well as a 3.5" drive and have it hidden and out of the way, allowing the option to completely remove the cages for water cooling instead. There is also room for a pair of power supplies at the bottom, or you can simply use either side for one PSU, and at the back of the chassis, there are also eight expansion slots, as well as ventilation and large grommets to allow tubing and wiring to pass through the chassis externally.
The fan and radiator support inside of this Core X9 is really insane. In the front of the chassis, you can use the 200mm fan that is pre-installed, or you can use three 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, or you can even add a second 200mm fan if you wish, and radiator support matches the fans here. The top of the chassis offers much more. There are two locations for cooling, and this is why you can fit eight 120mm fans, six 140mm fans, or two 200mm fans, and radiator support goes up to 480mm and 420mm radiators. The bottom of the chassis allows for three 120mm fans or the same in radiator space, depending on if you need to use two PSUs or not. The chassis is also designed with a pair of brackets that can be used with the lower section of the chassis and the side rails to allow a radiator or fans to be installed on its side, but vertically, if the rest of the options do not appeal to you. The chart ends with the limitations of this chassis, but we hardly see 250mm for a CPU cooler, 590mm for video cards, and 220mm for the PSU to be anything worth considering a "limitation".
Even when it comes to pricing and availability, we have even more good news for you. We were informed that of this latest trio, the Core X1 will have a $99.99 MSRP, the Core X2 will show on shelves at $129.99, and if you are finding yourself in love with the Core X9, expect to pay $169.99. While we feel that in all three instances with what we were able to see in these designs, any choice is well worth its value, and the best part is, we were told that after you are done reading this, stock should be available.
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