Thermaltake does it again. It would seem that with so many cases in the same series, one might get bored looking at them, or reviewing them after a while, and that simply is not the case here. While the Core Series has a defined look that you either love or hate, every version we have been sent, we have thoroughly enjoyed looking at, installing gear into, and tinkering around with.
The Core X31 is yet another chassis that came from a great pedigree and proves it is superior to many cases on the market in its class. If you decide to use the chassis as it is shipped, if you gut it by removing the components, even when loaded with all of your gear, the X31 is solid as a rock, spacious in all areas. It is a design that is just waiting for you to add your individual flavor to it.
For a mid-tower chassis, there is a whole list of reasons that we feel there is a lot of bang for the buck. Dust filters where they are needed most, a PSU cover with optional storage and great wire management options in it, great wire management throughout the entire chassis, modular drive bays, hidden optional drive locations, the list just seems to go on forever. From every angle, Thermaltake has thought things through and proven that they have a design that will fit any possible configuration. As we sit here thinking everything over again, we should bring up that we found the stock fans to be a bit lackluster. Using the AIO, temperatures were not bad, but mainly because the chassis breathes so freely, not that the pair of 120mm Turbo fans were offering up much air flow. However, with less air flow, there is less noise, and the Core X31 never went above 28 dB in our testing around the outside of the chassis.
If you happen to be in the market for a mid-tower chassis, there is only one question left to cover. Since Thermaltake offers up so much in this design, and it is a chassis that can be used and reused many times with various configurations of parts, are you getting the vanilla or the RGB version of the Core X31? While we found no faults with the aesthetics of our X31, we do admit that we would also have enjoyed it more with RGB fans installed. Not only do you get the lighting to see inside and out, but they come with better specifications as well, so you get more cooling performance out of the box too. Considering the difference is only $20 from the $99.99 version we looked at today, versus the X31 RGB listed at $119.99, we feel it is easily worth the upgrade. Either way you decide to go into the realm of mid-tower cases, it is designs like the Core X31 from Thermaltake which keeps all the others on their toes.
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)
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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The Bottom Line: A list of features and options that goes on for days! The Core X31 from Thermaltake checks all of the boxes, and even comes with an RGB option, both of which are very affordable. It's one of the best mid-tower cases we have seen in a while.
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