Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

In the last few years have been actively appearing body rather unusual format, motherboards which are horizontal. But the height of buildings more than the usual desktop – primarily due to the “double-decker”: the volume is divided into two parts, the top of which is occupied by the board, and are located at the bottom of drives and power supply, which saves space on the table, reducing the size of the body in horizontal projection. Accordingly, the height is either less than that of the tower type hulls, designed for the same size of the board or at a comparable height it is possible to install a larger number of drives.

Company Thermaltake, whose products we offer readers often not passed this trend – in its Core series there were four body-roll format, which the manufacturer is called: Cube Case. The proposed models have different sizes, with the largest install motherboards allow up to E-ATX. We got to the body Thermaltake Core X2 (p / n CA-1D7-00C1WN-00) – is not the biggest, but has all the features typical of the rest of the Cube Case, including the transformation of opportunities, and therefore worthy of attention.

Like the entire series Core, body X2 does not shine designer delights: the color offered one – black, manufacturing option only too – with a window in the side wall (we specifically do not specify, on the left or on the right – the reason will be clear later), a solid metal front mesh with small oblong holes, the only decoration is the only major silver logo of the manufacturer.

Plastic in the design of a minimum: a little rough side surfaces of the front and slightly tinted transparent rectangle in the side window. Everything else – steel, with solid surfaces is very small: the top and the second side cover consists almost entirely of ventilation grilles, which slots are available in the form repeated in front.

Body packed in a box of cardboard with conventional monochrome design on the sides which are slotted to capture hands.

Arrangement

In Thermaltake Core X2, you can set the system board microATX / Mini-ITX with no more than five expansion slots. Plenty of room over to pay a lot – from the substrate to the nearest standard parts at the top of about 240 mm, so even if you will be installed on top of any additional cooling elements for virtually any CPU cooler will be enough space.

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

Unlimited choice of video cards: You can remove the mounting brackets five-inch, and then almost the entire depth of the body, that is almost half a meter can be used for long and extra-long expansion cards. If all five inch slots are occupied, the device standard, not a shortened depth, it still can be installed virtually any modern graphics cards: is about 325 mm and the length of video adapters rarely exceeds 300 mm (here considered suitable devices in five inch slots Cables with connectors L-shaped, but are not considered power connector card, if they are located at its end).

Note: The above are our own measurements, the manufacturer gives a slightly different data – 480 and 330 mm, respectively. Another of our metering: when installed but not engaged in the brackets will be 372 mm for expansion cards.

Slots for 5-inch device with access to the front panel of the three, but the 3.5-inch devices such withdrawal is not provided.

The specification mentioned 7 seats to install HDD / SSD. And they organized a very peculiar way: there are two double compartment with universal slides, as well as three bars for 2.5-inch drives are located on the right side of the chassis.

Somehow manufacturer poskromnichal: a five-inch brackets can be installed not only ODD, each of them can mount two 2.5 or a 3.5-inch drive. Thus, the maximum possible number of HDD or SSD is found to be 13 – close to a record value for buildings microATX. However, because of their 3.5-inch may be not more than seven.

The optional power supply is set to the right at the bottom of the chassis.

Included – graded on bags set of mounting screws, the speaker for the system board, ten disposable cable ties, as well as a five-inch strip for mounting additional fans.

Design

Housing dimensions 465 × 320 × 554 mm (H × W × D, including protruding elements). It rests on three-centimeter plastic feet fitted with shock-absorbing rubber inserts.

On steel for housing developers did not save: the chassis, including a substrate system board is made of sheets of thickness 0.85 mm, side walls even thicker – 0.9 mm, and only a few elements, such as brackets and straps for storage, a little thinner: 0.75 mm.

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

Because of this, and because of the design features of the chassis got quite tough. Body as a whole, even though not the most heroic volume also weighs quite a lot of 11 kg net weight and 12.7 kg per package.

The faceplate is plastic hangers – six cylinder and two flat, providing additional stability eight cylindrical pillars. Removed it without much effort. On the front of it derived only three caps five-inch slots.

A small plate with the controls and connectors nominally located in the slots available at the top of the left side end of the front panel and secured to the chassis using a plastic frame. In the same place on the right is the same neckline, a removable cap, and if necessary, the control panel can be moved to the right side of the housing.

Number of bodies on the panel is minimal, they are located near vertical: top LED indicators for power (blue) and disk activity (red), then large button Power, under it two port USB 3.0 (they are oriented horizontally, one above the other, so the problems with simultaneous connection two broad devices will not) and a pair of audio ports, at the bottom of a small button Reset.

The buttons have a minimum free running and pressed quite easily, so it may work on accidental contact.

Side covers are interchangeable, so we did not write the left or right is a transparent window: it will depend on the preferences of the collector.

The top cover is also removable.

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

The most unusual is that it is possible to do high-rise construction: it is possible to install one body to another, getting a single Full Tower, and very, very considerable size. To do this, the lower casing is removed the top cover, at the top – the legs and the hatch covering the front third of the bottom, and both are fastened thumbscrews through the holes provided for this purpose. You can also delete a number of internal components, many of which are removable.

We had only one body, so the photos had to borrow from the manufacturer:

Of course, the maximum possible size of the board will remain the same, but doubles the number of drives and external USB-port, and most importantly – opens up tremendous opportunities for the installation of the processor and graphics card a wide variety of cooling systems, including liquid.

In theory, you can build on the floors and more – it seems that by the design of the chassis stiffness will be enough to connect the three buildings, only the practical need for such a “megatauere” difficult to imagine. Another thing is that you can not organize a single computer gives dimensions and rack of two or three independent computers that will not fall apart from accidental shock and which would be the easy access to components. However, the cooling system will have to be carefully considered in order to lower the computer does not “frying” the top.

Over the placement of future computer also should consider. For articulated shells almost unequivocal choice: on the floor, because even for a table of two tower buildings will be too high, and the buttons and audio better use of the control panel of the upper housing. But for a single hull variant rather suits desktop layout, or to the controls and ports have to stoop.

Ventilation system

Staffing equipping the fan housing more than modest: only two of them, one 120mm front, and rear, without illumination. Both marked Thermaltake, even designated model TT-1225 (A1225L12S), and on the website are some options: 1000 rev / min, 16 dBA. They are equipped with long cables with standard three-prong connectors to connect to the system board, any own speed controllers in the case no.

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

But the opportunities to upgrade even wider and widest.

Let’s start with the fans. All you can install them:

  • on the front of the chassis, one 200, two 140 and three 120 mm,
  • top: two or 200/140 mm or up to six 120-mm,
  • lower screen side in the housing, three 120 mm on a stand that can be mounted on the right or the left,
  • on the bottom of the chassis, three 120 mm (shown in the instructions and on the official website and they generally depicted six, and this number is really possible to place, but only in the absence of the power supply, do not understand why it is referred to the dimension of 120 mm and smaller and also large it is possible to install only the number will be different),
  • Finally, the rear fan assembly can be replaced by 140 mm.

Total specification only get up to 16 fans, including staff, and really even more. It is unlikely that someone will put as many fans, but is itself a wide choice of places to install them is welcome.

All representatives Series Core X have ample opportunities for installation of liquid cooling radiators of various sizes, including several at the same time. According to the manufacturer, this series is just best suited for large-sized liquid cooling systems, including home-made.

Of course, the larger the body the more options for installing it supports. Housing Core X2, which occupies an intermediate position in the lineup, the list is as follows:

  • Front: choice – radiators from 120 to 360 millimeters,
  • Above: the same, but some sizes will fit two,
  • bottom and sides: 120-, 240- or 360-mm,
  • and of course, the rear fan can be replaced with 120 or 140 mm radiator CBO.

Plus there is a hole with a rubber plug in the rear wall.

Front and rear mount is quite common: self-tapping screws to the metal bar through the holes provided, and the supplied strap, installed in five-inch slot, just designed for installation of two or three front fans.

About rearranges rack side fans we have said, it is only necessary to set appropriately and side walls, to the contrary of these fans were holes, and not cover with a transparent window.

Fixing up quite svoebrazny: the four long straps that can be removed and installed in the position corresponding to the selected size of the fan or radiator CBO.

On the bottom there is no special fastening holes, they are replaced by the ventilation slots, which occupy almost the entire area of the bottom panel.

To fix some of the extra fans or heat sinks are available to help complete the four screws and four long screws.

The abundance of fans determines a considerable volume of air that is pumped through the body, which means – a lot of dust, which can be assembled inside. Therefore, filtering the developers approached quite responsibly: Filters reserved all possible places, except the back wall, set on which the fan normally operates as an exhaust. All of them are made of plastic sheet with small holes, but use different methods of attachment.

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new!

Nevertheless, a quick release or discharge one can not attribute. Without any disassembly will remove only the lower filters: these are three separate plates that are inserted from the outside in, pressed holders. To reach them, the case should be put to one side, or at least strongly tilted;in the construction of two connected buildings do such a procedure would not be easy.

Side and top plates are equipped with filters on the perimeter of the magnets, holding it securely on the metal caps (on the side plates, two, one on the top). To get to the filters is necessary to remove the cover. However, it is not so complicated procedure.

Front filters also two, but one plate was withdrawn (locking protrusion-holders on the inside of the plastic front panel), and the second is not. But for access to even remove the filter will have to remove the front panel – due to the lack of suitable wire to it is not difficult to remove it, but it’s an extra step.

In the stubs five inch slots with the front side of the same grid as the rest of the front panel, there are also filters of foam inserts.

Of the additional attaching holes perforated on the region in the rear area of the lower volume of the housing and holes in the expansion slot cover.

Assembling the system unit

Side covers from Core X2 Double, like many other models in the series, recorded pairs captive thumbscrew on the rear end. At the trailing edge of covers have tabs finger grip to facilitate removal, remove and install quite convenient.

For a five-inch device, as has been said, there are three separate brackets, each of which is attached on the front plane of the chassis by four screws with knurled head. ODD they fixed the plastic latch on the left, but it’s better to tighten further at least a couple of screws and the right – without this there will be a small gap, as U-shaped cross-sectional design was not very hard.Decorative caps in front of the best to be removed after its removal.

Each of the double drive bays can be removed – they are mounted in pairs of screws to the back wall, and drives them to be inserted on the slide. 3.5-inch HDD / SSD recorded in the lateral slide pins with rubber shock absorbers, and a 2.5-inch fixed with screws from the bottom, and the drive connectors should be oriented toward the handle latches own sled, or when installed in a compartment access to them will not be .

It should be noted that access to the disks in these compartments, even in the absence of other computer “stuffing” is very convenient you will not name, and only fully assembled computer and does require considerable manual dexterity. To connect the cables can be used with both direct and with T-way connectors.

Side rails for 2.5-inch devices are available much better. Each of them recorded only thumbscrew, drives to the bar also attached with screws. Connectors must be oriented upwards, then cables with L-shaped connectors can be easily stick to having an oval hole. Direct connectors also suitable, just cable goes a little differently, not through said hole.

Recall that these strips can be placed both on the right and on the left side of the chassis, only the bar with side fans will have to properly rearrange or remove altogether, when it is not needed.

If any of the five inch brackets are not used, they may well be used to install two 2.5 or a 3.5-inch drives, securing them with screws through the provided holes for this purpose.

The substrate for the system board prudently made removable if required to dismantle the CPU cooler, the board itself will not have to shoot – just unscrew four screws and remove it together with the substrate, in which the location of a processor made large cutout. There are cut-outs and smaller, for cable, although much need for them not: before the substrate is enough space to be able to lay any number of cables from the lower volume of the enclosure.

Four stands for the motherboard is already installed, and another five are in the kit. Their installation help available for the adapter for hexagon head screwdriver.

Plug in the box for the input-output ports not, do not have to break out. In the slots for expansion cards plug reusable; and they themselves are fixed fees or total clamping plate with a screw, or even individual thumbscrew.

On the back wall there is a small U-shaped bracket fastened with screws from the inside. This is the castle we encounter, designed to protect the mouse and keyboard: unscrew the screw threading their cables into the bracket, twist and re-close the case – drag the mouse and keyboard without opening the case will not succeed. In addition, such a lock to some extent prevent the loss of connector ports at jerks.

Connect the front connectors made with shielded cables with solid connectors for audio only HD Audio. Cables from both external USB 3.0 connectors one end connector for easy connection to the internal connector on the system board.

The power supply can be placed both before and after the installation of the motherboard, but it is better to orient the fan down, otherwise the flow of air will largely overlap the disc tray, located just above the power supply. If this compartment is removed, the unit can be set up and a fan.

BP screwed to the rear wall of the chassis, and fixing it to the front edge of a bracket with rubber buffers, which can be adjusted according to the length of the block.

As is customary, the edges of the chassis carefully seamed to reduce the risk of injury to hands collector. We can also note that the majority of removable design elements attached thumbscrews that minimizes the use of a screwdriver.

Noise measurement

Noise measurement is carried out in accordance with our method using a sound level meter Octave-110A Eco soundproofed room with a typical noise level of 20 dBA. During the measurement, all appliances in the room are turned off.

To regulate the voltage-controlled fans used standalone converter.

The noise level of the cooling system housing varies widely from 23 to 38 dBA, as widely varies and its performance. When powered fan 5V noise is very low even at the location of the microphone in the near field. However, with increasing voltage the noise increases markedly.Typically, the range of voltage regulation 7-11 in noise varies from low (27 dBA) to high (36 dB) level with respect to typical values for premises in the daytime. However, even when a powered fan nominal voltage of 12 V noise cooling system does not exceed 40 dBA, but the noise in this mode is already clearly visible, especially in the near field.

The quality of the average fan. When operating at low supply voltage appears typical tapping, which usually indicates a very budget implementation drive.

Rate acoustic ergonomics of the body can be positive: the minimum supply voltage noise is low, and at the maximum supply voltage noise, though noticeable, but moderate.

Positioning and conclusions

It is difficult to evaluate such an unusual body. And it is not even unusual in form and not in the process of placing components (such models to date have already accumulated a lot), and in a very broad possibilities of how to install a variety of devices, and Transformation. Many readers they seem redundant: 3 five-inch devices, up to 13 HDD or SSD, up to 16 fans or a considerable number of radiators CBO different dimension, the ability to rearrange or remove almost everything that is inside of the chassis, and especially one body to another – и все это при максимальном размере системных плат microATX!

HOWEVER, These cards are now the Most popular and therefore the Most common. And for Lovers of boards there is A Larger model Core X9, in ITS Ideology completely repeating X2, But you CAN install and motherboards up to E-ATX, and an even greater number of drives.

It is impossible not to mention the possibility of installing a Core X2 almost any currently existing graphics cards and expansion cards, as well as CPU coolers.

Thus, the new enclosure series Core offers another opportunity to create high-performance systems – from servers to high-end gaming computers that have the need for withdrawal of a large amount of heat, as well as multi-plate stations.

We CAN not do without comments. THUS, the number of external USB ports Clearly not consistent with the concept of A Modern computer (Unless, of course, we are not Talking About two Articulated body). The LACK of output on the FRONT panel 3.5 -inch Devices CAN Also be Attributed to the shortcomings, Although less Significant. Lateral Position control panel Also, in many Cases Would it be A Disadvantage, if not her Choice of accommodation – left or right.

Perhaps, and a design that should be called utilitarian, have to taste a little, and the presence of a transparent window in the side wall can hardly be considered a decoration rather, it is simply following fashion.

But to Complete Any comments to make more Complicated. If someone is A little two full-time FANS, the person Often has ITS own views on the Size, type and model of the Additional cooling, and therefore is Unlikely to be happy to Pay more for A PRESET on the Choice of the Manufacturer.The filtration system, Although not the Most convenient maintenance, Covers All Possible locations Dust. Set fasteners and Accessories are SUFFICIENT Also Generally, there is even A speaker for the Motherboard, Which is Often “forget “the producers as buildings and the boards.

Source: thermaltake 

Review Thermaltake Core X2: very roomy desktop case for microATX form factor motherboards new! updated: March 27, 2015 author: John Malkovich