Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
At the beginning of this year, Thermaltake sent us their largest chassis to date, when they released the Core W100, and that was without even considering the even larger WP100 option of that same design. However, the W100 has been dwarfed. What you are about to see here today will hold "all the things", and in that statement, we are not over exaggerating in the slightest. This latest chassis can house tons of gear, multiple systems, and keeps asking for more.
This steel chassis that requires complete assembly is not only huge, but is also one of the most feature-rich, and most customizable designs on the market today. Tons of room for optical bay drives and devices, tons of storage locations all around the case, and a sophisticated look that comes along with the new Tt Premium product line. Honestly, as long as you can use a screwdriver, and know how to follow a book of instructions, this chassis is not out of your reach. With all of the customizable options found in this design, it nearly guarantees that your PC will be unique, and easy to make it that way.
The Tt Premium Core W200 is what we have been sent to show you today. In this review, we are covering all of the options, installing a massive amount of gear into it, and hopefully showing off the potential of what the W200 is capable of doing. If for some reason, you find that this massive Core W200 chassis is not enough space, just like the W100 offered, the W200 also has a pedestal option as well. That being said, sit back and get comfortable, as we have a lot to show you in what has taken top honors of largest chassis ever to be reviewed by us.
The Core W200 Super Tower chassis measures in at an astounding 26.7" tall, 18.7 inches of width, and is 26.7" from front to back, weighing in at a hefty 63.7 pounds without a drop of hardware inside. The chassis is built from panels and components made of SPCC steel, and all panels have been painted inside and out in a textured black. There are a few bits made of ABS plastic as well but are also black to match the chassis. There is also a gigantic window offered with this design, and it takes up almost all of the left side panel, offering a terrific view of the gear inside of this larger than life chassis.
Inside of the chassis, we see that this design offers the option to install three optical devices to fill the bays under the front I/O panel. The I/O panels, as there are two, offer USB 3.0 connectivity, HD Audio, Power buttons, and activity LEDs. There is also an option to install a drive rack that will house up to ten 3.5" or 2.5" drives, but these can also be mounted to the front of the chassis without the rail support system. To take storage even further, you can also opt to install a few bits from the hardware box, allowing another four trays to hang behind the main motherboard tray. On top of the optical bay support, and the plethora of storage drive space and optional locations, this chassis will also house a pair of motherboards. In either side, you can have a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, or XL-ATX motherboard screwed down to one of two trays.
Cooling in the chassis is all up to the consumer, as not a single fan is shipped with this chassis. However, there are too many locations to even keep track of. The front of the chassis allows for up to seven 120mm or 140mm fans, three on the left, and four to the right. The top of the chassis does one better. Since it is completely open, using some of the radiator supports, you can house eight 120mm or 140mm fans in the top, but it can also take on three 200mm fans as well. The rear of the W200 allows for two 120mm or 140mm fans, one to either side. The bottom of the chassis needs room for power supplies and is why the specifications show there is room for only six 120mm or 140mm fans.
Using another pair of the radiator supports, the right side of the chassis offers the same space at the top of the chassis does, and room for all three fan sizes there too. So, if our math is right, that is thirty-one 120mm or 140mm fans. Water cooling support is robust as well. The front will house a 360mm radiator on the left, and the top can take on a pair of 480mm radiators, a pair of 560mm radiators, or three 200mm radiators. The rear can house only single 120mm or 140mm radiators, but the right side supports all the same space as the top offers again. If that is not enough space for your needs, you may want to look into the P200 pedestal as it adds even more space to this oversized colossus of a case.
Pricing does take this chassis and its pedestal option out of the hands of economic chassis buyers, but the cost is in no way out of line. We were told that the Core W200 on its own, as you will see it here, will set you back $459.99 when it hits the shelves. If you want to opt in for the pedestal, the P200, that will cost you another $149.99 on top of the initial purchase price. While we were not told of a combo deal, we will assume at this point, that Thermaltake will also be offering a WP200, which combines both products, at a slightly discounted cost.
We have had the pleasure or reviewing quite a few high-end cases in the past, and some more expensive than this W200, but not one of them has offered us what this chassis does. Thermaltake may seem like they are demanding a huge chunk of your money, but the reality is, you will be hard-pressed to find something this large, this well-equipped, and with the sheer amount of options that the W200 brings forth, right out of the box. The fact that you have to put it all together has no bearing to us, as the assembly is half the fun.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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