When I first received the Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition, I was met with fond memories of such a unique chassis when it debuted several years ago. Then came the wonder of what had changed and how much of the Core P5 unique character remained. I am happy to report that much of the Core P5's unique style and appeal remains although with a few more features now. Oh, and don't forget the tempered glass.
Testing the Core P5 TG V2 was carried out the same way as we do with all chassis via a burn-in session recording temp during the duration. The measured ambient during testing was 23.2C and RH of 45%. The CPU testing showed a delta over ambient of 45.1, while the GPU showed a delta of 39.8. This is well within the results we observed in other well performing cases. This also shows that in an open-air/open frame chassis, you can still achieve good thermal results.
Now we gotta discuss what we like about the Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition. The Core P5 TG V2 is a very simple yet elegant case, some of its strongest points are its lack of things, things that may get in the way of what you want to showcase. If you are looking for massive RGB and tons of fans included do not apply. The Core P5 is a blank canvas you can build upon. The open slate style is its biggest feature as it allows you to make the Core chassis your own and build it how you want.
Now to what we don't like about the Core P5 TG V2, and there's not going to be much here. The Core P5 does an admirable job as an aging platform to improve and modernize the open chassis design. The radiator fitment is excellent, but if going nuts with the need for multiple radiators, you will have to turn to the creator community via the Thermaltake 3D printable part page or other 3D printing repositories where you can find various brackets to fit fans or even radiator expanses across the panel mounting poles. You can also find many maker spaces or online shops which will print the parts and ship them to you should you have the need to stack up parts in the Core P5 but lack the ability to 3D print them yourself.
The price point is admittedly high, edging close to $200. However, there are not many options in the open frame category that offer this level of detailed presentation and customization. The Core P5 as I said before offers a unique ability by cutting the fat and providing a blank canvas to build or mod. If you are looking for a chassis to just toss parts in and go the Core P5 can work but there are better options out there for far less. However if you are the right person looking for a literal blank canvas to build in, then the Core P5 is most undoubtedly a surefire way to get a solid start.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
Thermaltake proves that lightning can strike twice with the Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition. A simple blank slate that does everything by doing very little.