Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Thermaltake Core X2 mATX Cube Chassis


Core X Series presented by Thermaltake






Stackable for Enthusiasts


"Core X2, the first mATX chassis of Core X Series presented by Thermaltake, is a cube case offering endless stackable capacity and expandability for enthusiasts to create massive liquid cooling systems, utilize as a file server as well as accommodate dual systems..." 












Core X2 Features

  • Stackable for Enthusiasts
  • Remarkable Expansion
  • Great Ventilation
  • Chambers Concept
  • Fully Modular Design
  • Interchangeable Window and I/O Panel





Radiator Support







Fan Support






Packaging

Nice informative printed brown box which appears kinda oversized for a mATX case so the mATX Asus Gene VII motherboard box has been placed on it for comparison. Yup, this guy is seriously big... well, there is no other way anyone can squeeze in all the above goodies like 2 x 360 rads side by side.

Straightaway, anyone can tell that the Core X2 is not aiming for compactness even when using a mATX foundation but has instead reached for the bells and whistles in a no holds barred decked out monsta mATX rig.









Unboxing

2 protective Styrofoam moulds appear to have done a great job in securing the test unit cos it arrived in pristine condition.







Top

The meshed metal top is easily removed by undoing 2 captive thumbscrews (nice!), exposing the 2 sturdy horizontal rigidity bars (even nicer!).









Bottom

Also meshed to reduce dust as can be seen.





Side Panels

One windowed and one meshed and they are inter-changeable depending on your needs, flexible! The user panel of buttons/LEDs, USB3 ports and audio jacks as seen in their default position and this can be switched to the other side too, great design indeed.










Back

Note the bundled 0.30A exhaust 120mm fan, rubber grommet and the fenestrated I/O plates







 Front

Fully meshed and easily popped out just by tugging on its catches, revealing the other bundled 120mm fan - neat. 










Strip Time

With the front off, time to remove the side panels by undoing the thumbscrews stripping down to the skeletal structure. Meanwhile, do check out the finer interior dust mesh on the side panels.










Mobo Tray

The horizontally placed tray is easily and totally removable by undoing a few thumbscrews on the back, a tool-free procedure.






Storage

The storage trays are easily removable to allow more expansion and cooling needs.







Headers & Plugs

Either flat ribbons or are sleeved.





Mobo Placement

Given the upsized case, unsurprisingly spacious for most needs.











Brown Box Accessories

Mobo beeper bundled, becoming a rarer sight these days.








Initial Impressions

  • Big in spaciousness and possibilities
  • Great fitting and finishing
  • Flexible placement of windowed side panel and user panel
  • Extensive water cooling support
  • Meshed fan intakes
  • Removable mobo tray
  • Stackable!

Can be improved...

  • Big for a  mATX case, not for space challenged buyers
  • Smallish 2 x 120 fans bundled


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