The Core W200 has widened our eyes and minds as to what is possible in a chassis when size is of no concern. We know there are quite a few users out there running multiple rigs, so we see the definite gap in the market in which this chassis will thrive. We also see that this chassis is a blank slate, and a PC modders dream. You can not only add a personal touch with additional bits, but there is also a ton of room to fit anything you could want to inside of this chassis. If you only want one system inside of it, you can hide all of the storage drives in the back, and still water cool till your heart is content. If you want to use two inside, things aren't complicated in the slightest by doing so. The wiring is easy to run and hide from view, plenty of places to tie it down and pass it through the motherboard tray via the grommets. There is not one bad thing we can say about its layout, features, or options.
There is also no noise level, and cooling is completely based on what you install, so you cannot fault Thermaltake in either of these categories. With plenty of space for fans, there should be no reason this chassis cannot keep your gear icy cold, and if you choose the right fans, or use controllers, noise levels can be kept low as well. Everything we installed went right into place; we have all the hardware needed to do all of this, including optional gear, and once assembled correctly, the W200 is a tank. If there were one thing we do wish this chassis would have come with, that it did not, it would have to be a pump mounting plate. As not everyone will want to water cool, or may have a pump built into the radiator, it won't always be needed. We found that with our build, the front bay supports were the only way we could go, without drilling holes, or adding in a plate, then devising a way to mount it. This does, however, keep with the DIY spirit of the design too, as Thermaltake hands you the easel, paint, brush, and the canvas; it is up to you to complete the masterpiece.
The pricing is high and that we cannot deny; the Core W200 is pricey. However, in our mind, it makes very little sense that one would spend $3000 on PC components and water cooling gear, and then just try to throw it all into a $100 full-tower chassis. That is a fine way to go for some, but we feel that the chassis should suit the hardware when it comes to going crazy with things. Just the sheer size of the Core W200 inspires you to want to keep filling it with bits and parts, just to see how much you can get into it. In our build, we did just scratch the surface, but we can see two systems, dual loops on each system, dozen storage drives, and still a fair amount of room to fill.
While there are other options like the Core W200 already out there asking for your money, with what Thermaltake was able to pack into this design for $459.99, look no further. Thermaltake hit the nail on the head and keeps on driving it deeper with this design. The Core W200 may be enormous, but it's a chassis that will stay by your side, no matter what sort of crazy ideas you may have with PC builds. This chassis will stand there, take it, and say to you, "please sir, can I have some more?"
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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The Bottom Line: A case to house all things PC! The only limit to the Core W200 is your imagination and wallet. It is solid when built correctly, has tons of features, and just begs for water cooling and lighting, and then asks for seconds, thirds, and more.
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