Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
If we look back to what Thermaltake has been up to for the past couple of years, we have seen the company rise from one which was delivering average cases with just a few spectacular offerings mixed in, to a company which seems to be in no shortage of ideas. You name it, if you have a desire for a particular style of chassis, Thermaltake now has something amazing for you to use in every segment. It does not matter if you are looking for something enormous, something tiny, open air, and even something specialized for the living room, we are confident that Thermaltake has something for you.
A lot of what we have been seeing from them lately has been from the Core series, which has been a huge hit since its inception. It does not matter if we are discussing the Core V Series, the Core X Series, the Core P Series, anything with the Core series name have been well thought out, and they are solid, yet at the same time offer a stylish aesthetic with a hint of industrial elements as well. Modularity has always been a big part of this lineup, as well as being LCS capable, which are huge hits with the masses. It is rare that a company or a series of cases have all been so dominating, where no matter the need that spawns the purchase, Thermaltake has a Core series case to fit exactly what you were looking for.
The latest Core series chassis to hit our labs is the Core G3, which brings in a new aspect to the Core series. The idea here is to stick with the styling which has made this line of cases so well accepted, but the primary reason for this design was to bring ATX gaming into the living room. This compact design is made to allow the beefiest of systems to be installed, so that you can game at 4K and with VR, from the comfort of your couch, without having to set some monstrosity next to the audio and video equipment. From what we have seen thus far, we are impressed with the Core G3, and as we continue, we plan to show you exactly why we think the way we do.
The Core G3 or the CA-1G6-00T1WN-00 chassis is a slim ATX case. Dimensionally, it is 454mm tall, 140mm thick, and 371mm deep, but it can also be laid on its side, which jumbles the measurements to 454mm wide, 140mm of height, and 371mm of depth. No matter how you want to position this chassis, it weighs in at 4.2 kg empty. There is a transparent side window, but with this layout, it happens to be on the right side, or can also end up on top depending on the orientation. The chassis is painted black inside and out, there are bits made of ABS plastic, but the bulk of it is made from SPCC steel.
The Core G3 comes with two fans installed in the front of the case, and both are 120mm Turbo fans. Also inside we find a cage for housing storage drives, where either two 2.5" drives or two 3.5" drives can be installed. While there are only two expansion slots in this chassis, motherboard compatibility allows for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and even ATX motherboards. The front I/O panel delivers a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HD Audio, a power button, a reset button, and a pair of activity LEDs. The major restriction in this design you need to be made aware of is that you cannot use a standard PS2 power supply, as only SFX units will fit.
As far as options go, the chassis can support a pair of 120mm fans in the front as we just mentioned, but it can also support the same size in radiators as well. Thickness depends on the components chosen to fill the chassis, but 30mm thick radiators are said to fit easily. There is also room in the top of the chassis for an additional 120mm fan, which can be used to source the video card with cooler outside air, or used as an exhaust. At the bottom, we do find the chassis limitations for various components, and here we find that CPU coolers can be only 110mm tall, video cards need to be 310mm or less in length, and there is 130mm of depth for your SFX PSU of choice.
We were able to find the Core G3 widely available at this time, and the pricing is fair in our minds. Looking at Amazon, we see the chassis is listed at $69.99 with free shipping to get it to your house. As for Newegg, they are asking the same price for the chassis, but unless you are a Premier member, they are also asking an additional $7.99 for shipping.
While this may not be the most spacious of designs, which is the whole point of making a case which fits in a living room without being gaudy, we feel the price is justified. Even though upon first glance, you may think how in the world I am going to fit my parts inside of this chassis, but once done, you are left with a stellar looking system with a full view through the clear window that fits in perfectly.
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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