When we first laid eyes on our Core P5, we loved everything it had to offer, but we did not keep it as a test rig for just one reason - it was too big. Right after that review we asked if there were plans for a mid-tower version, and were simply told it could not be discussed. To us that meant it was already in the works, we just had to sit and wait a bit for Thermaltake to get things together and finalize everything to a standard that anyone would appreciate. The wait was so worth it. The Core P3 is exactly what we wanted, and fits our needs exactly. It is sleek yet stylish, the view of the installed components is unbeatable, and the quality of all of the components and accessories are well thought out and made to handle the rigors of weight which these elements bring to a chassis.
Even though we did not opt to use a few of the options for our specific needs, we love that there are so many options offered. Motherboard compatibility is not such a huge deal for us, as just about any mid-tower design house these three motherboard form factors, it is the way everything is handled that impressed us. You have the option to orient the video cards perpendicular or parallel to the motherboard, and when it comes to Micro-ATX, the module can be moved up to fit, and for those wanting a Mini-ITX motherboard, there is a different expansion slot bracket to use for those. Since the Core P3 is not as enormous at the P5, the PSU orientation changed for ATX motherboard users, but can be installed with the fan facing the clear side panel with smaller motherboards.
On top of these two components having all of the options, Thermaltake even offers a support bar which solidifies both the PSU support as well as the VGA module. Then, of course, we have the chassis orientation to talk about. For our needs, having the Core P3 standing vertically suited us best, but Thermaltake kept the options coming here too. You still have the choice to use the rubber feet, screwed into the right side panel, to lay the chassis vertically, and for those who want to clear desk space, you can hang the Core P3 on the wall.
Cooling ability is top tier. If you choose to go with air cooling, there is nothing to impede the air flow to these coolers, no mesh, no dust filters, no components blocking the way, just a vast open expanse. The Core P3 has a 0 dB rating for noise, at least until we installed our gear. Since what you install makes all the difference as to what level of noise you do end up with, we cannot fault Thermaltake for the noise we hear from our AIO, which happens to be the loudest component in our build. We also did not have much use for the dust filter as we have air blowing from left to right, but we do like that it is there for those who want to reverse the air flow from the way we have it. Outside of all of these things we have made mention of liking so much in this design, there is nothing that stands out as an issue, no matter what parts of the Core P3 you chose to use.
Even if you are not a fan of open air cases, you will be hard pressed to deny the Core P3 in any way. It is solid, it has tons of options, and while it is the little brother to the Core P5, the Core P3 will fit more user needs in our opinion. One of the largest reasons for this is that now AIOs are in fair play with the Core P3, where the P5 was a bit too wide to accomplish this without modding the chassis. The pricing is downright amazing. For just $119.99, you too can enjoy everything you have seen here today, and as long as you don't have curious pets, and do not mind the occasional dusting of the interior, we see no reason to pass this chassis by. As we said earlier, the Core P3 ATX wall mountable mid-tower chassis is so nice that we put it to use in our testing, and is now the home for our dual-channel DDR4 test rig. This puts the Thermaltake Core P3 with the likes of the InWin D-Frame, and the Temjin TJ11, cases that are just too good to let slip through our fingers. The only thing we have left to do is to go out and buy a couple more of the Core P3s so we can move other builds around the mouse into these impressive, solid, full-featured cases that have enough options to make your head spin.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Hero - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Reference)
- Storage: SanDisk Extreme II 120GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Thermaltake TPSG 1050W - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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The Bottom Line: Never have we rated a chassis so high! The Thermaltake Core P3 is a dream chassis. Full open design, so many options and features, and this chassis puts everything on full display. With a minimal investment involved, the Core P3 makes it into our top three cases of all time!
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