What strikes us first is that we are not used to having access to a chassis in which you can pack it full of powerful components, and ATX motherboard, and not have to deal with a large and wide chassis to do it. Of course, we are acutely aware of the media center PC cases, but most of them are either much smaller or are not made to orient vertically at all. Then we look at the fact that while they could have stuck with the usual layout, Thermaltake decided to make this a left hand drive chassis when it is upright, and the inverted ATX internal layout is something we have always liked as well. Then, you can also lay this chassis on its side, and slide it in on top of the Blu-ray player or over a receiver in the media center, making the Core G3 a special breed of chassis.
Cooling inside of the chassis is not perfect, as things can get warm dependent on your setup, but from the factory, we tested the stock layout. There is sufficient air flow from the pair of 120mm fans; the noise was kept to 27dB or less, and with all of the passive ventilation, and there is no real way to trap any air in pockets inside of this case.
The looks are good too, and we like the heavily patterned front panel design and the location of the front I/O panel. It is easy to see once you have tinkered with the chassis as long as we have, that the design is well thought out and everything has a purpose. Even when it comes to additional goodies that ship with the chassis, all of the parts work as intended. Thermaltake provides the ability to do things with your build you could not typically do in something that can also be called an HTPC, media center PC, living room gaming system, or a standalone tower chassis sitting on your desk.
With high availability, finding the Core G3 is not an issue. From what we have seen in the aspect of chassis design along with the included bits in the form of hardware and goodies, we feel the pricing is more than justified. Near $70 is a small price to pay to get such a great looking chassis that provides LCS support, a parallel mounting of the GPU to the motherboard, inverted ATX layout, and a huge window to see it all. The dual orientations is also a plus as it does not strand one buyer from the others. You do not have to use it any specific way and is part of the genius of this design.
For us, the Core G3 is well worth the investment, and if you are sick of cases too large for your needs, you can install a beast of a PC inside, and be ready for VR, 4K gaming, or stick with whatever works to power your current setup at the desk. The choice is yours.
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)
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Thermaltake's Core G3 stands out in many ways, but the low cost it what stands out the most. Of course, you get a sleek looking chassis with orientation options, but it is filtered on every hole, the layout is slick, and the finished build is something to be admired.
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