For the extreme user in all of us, the Thermaltake Core X9 leaves us wanting nothing. From the sleek and attractive exterior and its swappable panels, for the huge window that affords a great view of the goods inside of this case, and for its silence and simplicity, anyone can appreciate what is going on in that area.
When it comes to the inside of the chassis, there is more than enough room to get any water cooled system cooled inside of the chassis, and even if you decided you need two of these to stack on top of one another, think of the water cooling potential there. You are seriously getting into the surface area of something that may even cool a race car engine. To fill this to capacity, you can have a total of sixteen 120mm fans or equivalent in radiators, with similar options in 140mm locations, and it will even hold four 200mm fans at once for the ultimate in airflow inside.
All of that to already set your head spinning, and we haven't even gotten to any of the modularity of this design. With plenty of drive locations, both in the ODD bays and in storage drive bays, every single one of them can be gutted from the chassis as needed. Then, of course, there is that handy drive assembly hanging under the removable motherboard tray, so that even when the case needs to be gutted to allow for what you intend to do, you still have three drive locations hidden, and well out of the way of anything else in the area. There are dust filters on everything, but the exhaust at the back of the chassis, and they include additional plates and all the hardware needed to get the Core X9 as full as possible right out of the box.
When it comes to a cube chassis, and what we have seen in our many years looking at cases, you will find no other cube chassis like this currently on the market. In every sense they have looked at this design, and combed over it many times to be sure than when completely gutted the chassis is still as solid as it is out of the box, making sure that at every turn concessions were made to either allow bits to be removed, rearranged, and suited to make the installation process as simple as possible - how can you find fault in a design like that?
When it comes to buying a cube chassis, you can find more economical solutions, and while they may say they are water cooling friendly, or intended to be the go to chassis for modders and builders, all of those companies should take notice of what Thermaltake is doing here. They are bringing forth something that offers all of the love and attention to detail of the much more expensive custom offerings on the market, but at the same time are able to do so with a great looking product and with what we consider a very reasonable price.
With the MSRP set at $169.99, the Core X9 is attainable even for the beginning builder with huge plans of future grandeur, and for the experienced extreme builders out there, well... you likely have already left to go buy one of your very own already. Just when you thought Thermaltake may have been reaching their pinnacle in chassis design, the drop off a chassis like the Core X9 and just blow minds with the level they are still able to go to delivering one of the best offerings when it comes to a no holds barred chassis that really has the room it takes to go extreme with your build.
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The Bottom Line: With massive amounts of room, complete modularity and customizability, the Core X9 lacks nothing for even the wildest of builds. At this price, you simply will not find a better cube chassis this immense and perfect for the job.
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