What we are left with is a massive chassis that maximizes options, is modular, and if there isn't enough room in this super-tower for all of your needs, you can opt for the P100 and increase the space. We had a lot of fun in the build process, and it sheds light on what goes into a chassis, and the amount of components and time it takes to assemble them in the factory.
We also like that you get the chassis without fans, as most users who will buy something like this have no plans to keep the stock fans, so why bother providing them and need to raise the price along with it. Even without fans, our thermal results are better than average with the passive flow of air through this chassis, and, of course, there is no droning noise from up to nineteen fans out of the box. The noise level you get in this design is completely up to you.
The components are solid, and once assembled correctly, we would have no issues putting out overweight self on top of it and use it as a stepping stool; it is that strong. We love the idea of modular drive bays that can be oriented two ways, and we are also fond of no traditional ODD bays, just brackets to use if the need arises. Even if you were to load the top, front, bottom, and the back with water cooling, there is still plenty of room for the longest of video cards, as well as leaving full access to the motherboard and all of it components. There is not one thing that we feel Thermaltake should have done differently or that any of it is lacking in any way. You are delivered a beast of a chassis that will and can house anything your heart desires.
If we were to have to pick out one thing that may drive customers away, it would have to be the pricing. As an enthusiast, we feel the pricing is on point and much more affordable than other offerings like those from Caselabs and the like, but nonetheless, the $329.99 pricing is a hard pill to swallow for the masses. As a counterpoint, though, this chassis is not intended to be used by the masses. The Core W100 and the P100 optional pedestal are designed for those who already are aware of the stack of money they dished out for the components it takes to fill this super-tower chassis.
For less than the price of one decent video card, you get this monstrous beast of a chassis that is ready willing and able to take on anything you can think of. With everything considered, we honestly do not see how Thermaltake could have delivered such a design for much less, and to be honest, as we said, when it comes to a chassis with these sort of features and offerings, this is one of, if not the most affordable option on the market today.
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: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (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||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||100%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Thermaltake and its Core W100 takes cases to a whole new level of awesomeness! All the room most will ever need, modularity and a ton of potential, and it even has a matching pedestal option. For what you get in this design, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal in a competing design.
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