Thermaltake Core W100 Super-Tower Chassis
After the build process, this is what we have. The front bezel of the chassis snaps onto the frame of the chassis, offering a completely open intake that allows fans and bays to be placed anywhere they are needed most, with the I/O panel at the top of it all. Also, we see a new logo for Thermaltake's high-end gear, and soon the square mesh above and below it will glow from LEDs placed behind it.
The front I/O panel offers a tiny reset button on the left followed by a pair of HD Audio 3.5mm jacks. There is a section of four USB 3.0 ports, and a blue LED-backlit power button to finish it out on the right.
To access fan mounting or to install the HDD cages or ODD brackets, you need to pop off the bezel. Behind it, we find bay covers that can be moved as needed, and to the right, we installed the bracket that includes an LED strip powered via a 4-pin Molex connection.
The top of the chassis is just like the front, where it offers a snap on cover panel, again sporting square mesh from front to back. Under this, the top of the chassis is completely open and requires one of the optional radiator mounting brackets of fans or water cooling is intended to be placed under this cover.
The left side of the chassis offers a huge window to view the gear you place inside of the chassis. At the front of the case is a handle that lifts and allows a grip to release the magnet and latch that keep it closed. Also, this panel swings open on the hinges at the back and is also removable.
The back of the chassis is the first you get a real sense of the size of this beast. There is a lot of room at the top, and even a grommet for running wires or cooling externally. Below that we see the rear I/O location, exhaust fan location, and even with ten expansion slots and the PSU at the bottom, you get the sense now that this chassis is massive, and it is.
Holding the side panels in place are two hinges much like this one in the image. To release the doors, you pull the pin down on the top hinge, releasing it from the chassis, and the lower hinges also offer this same spring loaded pin, but with the top one out, the door will slide right out of the lower hinge.
The right side of the chassis is not just an expanse of steel panel either. Here we find two long areas of the square mesh, and these are made so that the optional radiator mounts that can be placed behind it have access to cool fresh air, or in the other direction, allows heated air from the radiators to pass through the panel.
Under the chassis, we opted for the large plastic feet rather than using the provided casters. The floor of the chassis is the only area to come with a dust filter, but it covers four fan locations, with the one nearest the back used to ventilate the power supply.
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