Not everyone out there thinks that they have the skills to build a chassis from scratch like along the lines of a MountainMods or Danger Den chassis, but this is not a design that needs that level of skill and patience. If you can turn a Phillips screwdriver, and can read enough to follow the instructions, you too can get through this. Once all the parts are laid out and accessible, it was maybe thirty minutes tops until we had the chassis from laid out on the table to assembled with everything, but the wiring finished. So, do not let the fact that this chassis needs some love out of the box shy away from what Thermaltake is offering.
We did find a couple of minor issues with our sample during the build process, but this is normal for pre-production samples. When discussing things with our Thermaltake rep, we were told they are fully aware of things like the staining on the steel bars, and assured us this will not be found in the retail versions that hit the shelves. Outside of superficial things, we have no complaints in the design, layout, feature set, its ruggedness, or its modularity to work in many situations, not just as a monolith that takes up space on the desk or floor. Being open air, and only needing to remove four caps to remove the transparent panel, everything is easily accessed, can be easily cleaned and maintained. And for those that like to bench a lot of different gear, this is a chassis that is right up your alley.
Another nice thing about this design is that you are not wasting money on bits you won't normally need. Most of us change out stock fans, and enclosed cases have their set of issues that users constantly have to deal with. Also, there is the aspect that thermally and acoustically the limits are set by the user with no influence from Thermaltake. So, why buy it if you don't need it? Here you are given a structurally solid base that supports anything you can fit into this chassis. It offers the ability to not only be a case or a test bench, but it also can hang on the wall with any VESA mount rated for the finished weight of this design, and be sure to account for this. With a loop and all the gear installed, this chassis can vary greatly in what the weight is you will be hanging.
What we still cannot get over though is that everything we just described is, in our opinion, way undervalued. Don't get us wrong here. We appreciate the sweet deal being offered as-is at $149.99 for the Core P5 open air chassis, we just feel they could have sold this at nearly double the cost. That being said, Thermaltake has no plans to make a price hike based on our opinions. We are pleased to say that when these do hit the shelves, the Core P5 is a serious bit of kit for an "entry level" investment. If kids or pets will not kill your dreams of a showcase system, the Core P5 is a perfect solution for anyone who appreciates what this design is all about in any fashion. No other case that we have reviewed offers what it does, and not at this price point.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: HIS HD7950 IceQ (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||99%|
The Bottom Line: It is very hard to deny the awesomeness of the Core P5 from Thermaltake! With a bit of assembly and hardware installation, this wall hangable open air chassis is a real stunner that anyone can appreciate.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermaltake Core P5 Open Air Chassis]
- Page 4 [Accessories & Documentation]
- Page 5 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Case Build & Finished Product Continued]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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