Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition Open-Frame Chassis
Here we have the front of the Core P5 TG V2 and it looks like a flat slate. For those of you who are not in the know or have never seen a Core P series chassis from Thermaltake, well here is what the base chassis looks like. Thermaltake has finally adopted the new Logo which debut almost four to five years ago and I think it creates a breath of fresh air for the brand with a modern feel. This base chassis is where all of your components will mount so here you can also see the I/O.
Now we zoom in a bit on the front I/O to check out what Thermaltake is offering upfront. The front I/O listed from top to bottom:
- Power and HDD LED
- Power button
- 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (included adapter can feed USB 3.2 Gen 2 to the Type-A port)
- Headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
- Reset button
Here we get the primary chassis front side. This is the area where all hardware will mount except for the back chamber which can install 3.5" and 2.5" drives and cable management. This view is absent of the add on motherboard tray which offers a 90-degree rotation of the motherboard for a chimney style orientation. Below the motherboard area is the PSU mounting. The space to the right is devoted to radiator and fan fitment along with other goodies such as reservoir and different mountings. The pockets around the motherboard area are plentiful and offer convenient pass-through regions for cable management and mitigation of mess.
Here is the rear of the chassis panel and you can see that the standard large TV-style wall mounting hardware is all still here to support wall mounting of the Core P5 should you feel so compelled to display your PC on the wall vs. on the floor or desk. This is, of course, beyond the standard layout which is standing with feet, or even small rubber feet where the Core P5 can be laid down on its back like a test bench. To the left you can see the filtered pass through mesh opening which allows airflow from installed radiators to pass through or even ingest air depending on your fan airflow orientation. The outer edges are each showing three thumb screws which retain the panel to the main chassis and ensure it cannot slide off.
Here we have removed the panel and now you get a view inside the chamber for drive mounting and cable management. You will see that two accessory boxes are found here along with the thick frame area in the center which is threaded to support the weight of a built system if you use a TV wall mount to mount your chassis.
Looking up top at the drive trays, you can see there are three spots in the rear section capable of fitting 3.5" or 2.5" storage options. Each tray has tabs which are inserted into the bracket you see flanking the bottom edge of the trays while each tray has a single thumbscrew securing it to the chassis body up to where the cables are tucked.
Here we take a closer look at the wall mounting plate. This piece is some seriously heavy gauge steel which I'm sure was put in place to ensure that no matter how crazy you go, the wall mount you use will let go before this bracket will.
The front panel I/O cabling are as follows (left to right):
- Power/Reset/Power LED & HDD LED connectors
- Dual USB 3.1 Gen 1 20-pin connector
- HD Audio connector
As you can see both sets of Type-A ports are fed by 20-pin headers which are traditionally USB 3.2 Gen 1. However, Thermaltake includes an adapter which we sill show in the coming pages that allows connection to a USB 3.2 Gen 2 header making one of the ports capable of up to USB 3.2 Gen 2 10GBps speeds vs the Gen 1 5Gbps speed rating.