What we have found out about this Suppressor F31 is that externally you are given a brick outhouse of a chassis. Short of an earthquake leveling the house, or a toss out of a moving vehicle, this chassis is designed to be much stronger than it needs to be, and we would have no issues standing on this chassis, even at double our current weight. The design is simple yet elegant, and in every aspect possible, every attempt is made to kill any noise that starts life inside of this case. The front, the sides, optional fan locations, this is all covered. On top of that, the art of redirection works just about as well for cases as it does for magicians, simply changing the way you perceive it makes all the difference in the world.
Internally we find a well thought out design that leaves its final form purely to the imaginations of the builders. There is the option to use the ODD bay drives, or you could install a reservoir there if you wish, and a dual bay one at that. Otherwise, you could remove it completely, and this goes for the HDD cage and its support plate at the bottom as well. Gutting it allows for the most in cooling and water cooling options and flow, and even with them in, roominess is not jeopardized in this design. The management holes are all in the right locations, the tie points are everywhere you want them to be, and the room behind this motherboard tray is immense. Then Thermaltake adding in things like isolation washers for the spinning drives, and the pads and gasket for the PSU, the Suppressor naming is not lost in this design one bit. As we said, as the Suppressor F31 came shipped, the chassis is inaudible, and even with the H80i GT at full blast, the most we saw on the meter was 38 dB anywhere other than directly behind it.
We also like the idea of an optional PSU cover to go right in for just an extra $20. Not only do you get a matching black cover to smooth over the squared PSU edges and cover all the nasty looking connections, but you get two more drive locations. The plate lines up well in the chassis, and we were easily able to secure it with holes already present in the motherboard tray and bottom rail of the PSU frame. The grommet is nice too, not only does it keep us from seeing below, but they do tend to keep dust from falling below where it is harder to clean. For those opting for the standard version with a solid panel, this may not be desired, but for those looking at the windowed model, the PSU cover is a nice addition to give it a more polished look.
As it sits, this is one rock-solid contender for you to look at, plenty of room for even the most advanced bits of kit. Enough room to water-cool your heart out inside of it, and at a cost that we are sure you all appreciate. For just $99.99 and possibly a bit for shipping, you can have this tank of a chassis in the Suppressor F31. Even opting for the additional PSU cover, you are only looking at near $120, and still a great deal. While we would have liked a Window in our chassis, keep in mind that version will not be as quiet as our testing with this solid panel version. Nevertheless, we feel that the thought and designing that went into this chassis, you get every pennies worth of your investment, and if you cannot fill it right now, there is plenty for this chassis to offer down the road as well. It accommodates as your needs change.
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)
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: Thermaltake's Suppressor F31 offers plenty of feature to keep you happy, is silent as can be, and even though the stock air flow could use some help, the price point for what you get is really tough to beat.
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