Case Build and Finished Product
For our build, we chose not to break up the front of the chassis with the use of an optical drive, or even a bay reservoir, with so little time with this chassis, we did not have time to arrange for a massive water cooling display, but look for Thermaltake's press shots, they have a couple of loops in the one they have in Vegas for CES 2015.
We chose to go with Thermaltake's own air cooler, as this is what will rub against many a mid-tower door, and even has issues in some of the thinner full-tower cases, but with the 250mm of room in the Core X9, it won't even be close to an issue. The convenience of mounting the board and components to the tray prior to it going into the chassis sure does make the install much easier.
This build, while simple in what we show, clearly puts perspective on the massiveness of this chassis design. That is not some Mini-ITX build in there that is a full length video card, and over 160mm worth of air cooler in there. What this does show is the complete and utterly amazing amount of room there is to house up to five radiators at once, along with massive reservoirs and multiple pumps, and likely still not "filling" this chassis.
At the back, we had no issues popping in the dust cover, but once the cover plate is removed, the expansion slot mounting rail did flex outward, making us have to push it inward to set the screws. The lower section is also missing a bunch of screws to remove the large plate that covered the drive bays, and of course, we still have the option for a second PSU, although there is only one support rail included.
From the right, we can see the wiring can easily be tended from the PSU for everything going to the motherboard tray and even to the front I/O, as it hides behind the frame rail. Also keep in mind that with the bottom now open on both sides, you can use the plates from the floor, under the HDD cages, and add some fans to increase the airflow from below, or even house another radiator or two down there.
We decided to leave the windowed panel and the I/O panel on the left side of the chassis. We liked the view of the video cards, but if you have some LED memory and sleek LED blocks on the power delivery and CPU, you may want to go ahead and swap the panels.
With the chassis powered, at the distance to take this picture, if not for the LED showing us the system is powered, you could not hear the fans at all. Within a foot of the back of the chassis, there is just a slight amount of audible noise. With everything gutted as we have it, and mostly the 200mm and 120mm fans cooling the chassis, the air flow was surprisingly good, and kept our components nice and chilly inside.
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