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Thermaltake Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition Open-Frame Chassis Review (Page 5)

By Shannon Robb from Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:50 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ThermaltakeModel: CA-1E7-00M1WN-05

Case Build & Finished Product

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For testing we will be installing the motherboard in the standard orientation. Before moving to testing we wanted to test out the alternate mounting and see how the board fits and any observed issues. The motherboard tray uses eight screws to mount in this alternate orientation. Probably the biggest problem I see with this alternate mounting is that the cable management pockets are all covered for the most part. This could make for a unique looking setup in an open-loop build where there will be many bits to show off, and it closes the gap between the motherboard and the radiator.

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Here we see the motherboard in the alternate mounting method along with our standard ATX testbench cooler. The H100i shows that with the alternate motherboard mounting the AIO reached easily, and unfortunately with standard mounting, it's not so favorable.

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Here we now have the motherboard in its tested orientation. The standard orientation has the board upright like it would be in a standard ATX chassis. You will notice we have not fit feet or PSU to the chassis yet. The AIO tubes are a bit more strained as you can see here but still workable in the standard motherboard layout. I would not recommend running the AIO like this long term and would advise users pick up Core P5 AIO brackets by Thermaltake available at Amazon should you choose a Core P5 with an AIO setup. If you happen to have a 3D printer, you can also print up your own brackets albeit a bit thicker than the retail units, and possibly more costly depending on your filament costs.

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And with that Lt Dan, err the Core P5 TG V2 has legs. The feet are attached with four screws per foot assembly and thread into a strengthened two bottom corners of the chassis body to ensure the chassis stands firm with minimal wobble. As you can see here, everything is coming together with the P5 edging closer to being a complete system. You will also notice we employed the vertical bracket here to show what your rig can look like as the vertical GPU covers the normally empty slots.

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Here we now have removed all the vertical GPU bits and installed all parts in their standard orientation. Also, notice that the PSU is now in and I must say our SilverStone ST1000-PTS 140mm looks tiny mounted on this massive slate. You may also note that the tiny H100i barely covers half of the radiator mounting, showing that those who want to build a monster open-loop setup have all the room they need for a massive 480mm radiator.

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Now that everything is built into our system lets take a look at that rear I/O side. First thing you will notice is that you will want a motherboard with a fixed I/O shield or mock up a way to affix your I/O shield. The naked I/O shield feels incomplete, and with something like the Core P5 where creating a showpiece is life, this is an essential consideration for your component choice.

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