Thermaltake Core V1 Housing Review

Thermaltake Core V1 Housing Review

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    Perhaps this article should be written in the summer, when many owners of small computers struggled with overheating of the wards …

    Introduction

    Not so long ago we tested a chassis Thermaltake Core V71 – older model line relating to the form factor Full-Tower. It offers amazing possibilities of transformation and well thought out the cooling system, but had a limited scope because of considerable size and cost.

    Today you have the opportunity to look at it from the opposite side of the family, after reading about his Mini-ITX-representative.

    I must say that on paper Core V1 looks very promising. The assets of the housing is huge, 200-mm fan, sufficient to install the full video and PSU space, as well as a choice between air coolers up to 140 mm in height and installing the liquid cooling system. All this allows you to not only rely on the performance baseline established components, but also think about atypical for Mini-ITX Employment – overclocking.

    Thermaltake Core V1
    Form Factor Mini-ITX
    Form factors supported motherboards Mini-ITX
    Max.permissible height of CPU cooler, mm 140
    Max.permissible length of the video card, mm 285
    Standard power supply unit, mm 180+
    Bays and slots
    Closed compartment 3.5 inches 2
    Closed compartment 2.5 inches 2
    Slots for expansion cards 2
    External Ports two USB 3.0;
    two 3.5-mm TRS (minijack, microphone and headphone)
    Fans
    Included one 200×30 mm – front wall
    Seats for fans 2 x 80 mm – rear wall;
    1 x 200-, 140- or 120-mm – front wall
    Dimensions: WxHxD, mm 276x260x316

    Packaging and equipment

    At this time the body arrived incognito to us by courier, hiding in a cardboard box so impersonal that we do not even dare to photograph her.

    Despite the outward disguise, inside everything was furnished in the best traditions of the genre: a plastic bag and foam shapes. On the sides for greater reliability accommodate two panels of the same porous material.

    Acrylic window in the top wall is further protected by two transport films on both sides. Inside the case is looked through a transparent bag with the delivery.

    On opening the package, we found a multilingual user manual and a set of screws for mounting components. Number of fasteners for 2.5-inch drives increased: someone wants to record discs with lower holes, someone wants to “hard-boiled” in their sidewalls. In general, no one hurt will not go away. Especially in the kit again turned to one tie more than asserted.

    Appearance

    Like its older brother Thermaltake Core V71, the today’s baby is only available in one color – black.

    The entire front panel is closed perforated sheet metal, rounded up to the top and bottom of the housing. No controls or hidden drive bays on it there, but a huge fan blades visible and considerable size cutouts-ducts.

    Label “Thermaltake” is located in the embossed area for him. If on the huge “tower” V71 it was stylistically and logically justified decision, there could do otherwise, you will soon see why we think so.

    The upper wall, as already mentioned, the insert is provided with a transparent acrylic, which should show the inner world your computer. Some of this may seem a little, so it is possible to change the wall in some places, there is a window with which you hand.

    In addition, the video from Computex 2014, and the photos on the website were spotted body with two or even three windows, so there is a certain probability of the beginning of sales of “glazed” wall separately. In a pinch, you can buy a couple of buildings – the benefit they are inexpensive.

    The left wall of the housing serves not so much decorative element as utilitarian. Takes a little more than half of its area perforation provide inflow of cold air to the cooling system video card, creating her really comfortable working conditions.

    On the same side were all the buttons, connectors and LEDs. Assuming that the body will have a right-hander, who put him on his right, then everything is fine: large power button, a pair of USB 3.0 ports under it, the connectors under the microphone and headphones, small Reset button.

    For a moment imagine that the fate of the villain (or recent repairs) made you install the system unit on the left hand: what is the probability of accidentally pressing these buttons almost intangible straight USB-drive or the headphone plug with a “blind” search? We think that it is greater than zero. Perhaps it makes sense to abandon the connection of the reset button.

    The right side is a mirror image of the left: the same perforation resembling honeycombs, the same mounting points. But no buttons in the front.

    The bottom of the hull will appear before your very rarely, as for cleaning the filter does not require him to lift or move.

    Four completely identical plastic feet raise low body by as much as half an inch. Their major drawback is the lack of any kind was anti-slip properties – on the smooth surface of the body can move, literally pulling the stick, and with this the owner will have to do something. But for the supply of fresh air to the power supply can not worry.

    Looking at the four sides of the body consecutively, unwittingly discovers that all wall mounted exactly the same. This allows independent choice of position for any of them.

    There are only two limitations: the common sense and your sense of beauty. Here we come back to the fact that the company logo is focused once and for all, obliterate the aesthetic appeal of such transformations.

    Not reviewed there was only one party, so hurry to correct the situation. The lower part of the rear wall occupies a disproportionately huge hole under the power supply.

    Since the housing supports the installation of powerful graphics cards and large cooling systems, it would be unwise to restrict user or SFX- FlexATX-models: you have the right to choose any power supply of up to 18 cm.

    Generally speaking, even more – looking ahead, let’s say that before it is eight inches of free space.

    Just above the habitat of the PSU you can see the cutout under I / O-board motherboard. Easy to see that it is located parallel to the plane of the base, ie the motherboard will be oriented horizontally. Floor above clearly visible two seats under the 80-mm fans. Reserve space on them makes you wonder: why could not do optional support more productive 92mm models?

    Finally, the right of all of the above one can see the two slots under the expansion card, closed reusable plugs. To create a more harmonious composition tops mounting screws are hidden under a plastic cover.

    The last point of the external examination traditionally leave the general impression. The wall thickness is small and amounts to only 0.75 mm based paint. Nevertheless, the deliberate bending along their edges is achieved sufficient rigidity.

    Himself a “skeleton” of the case provides a striking monolithic even dismantled walls. The quality of the painting is at the proper level. Finally, we note that many have already noticed, – space for the DVD or Blu-ray in Thermaltake Core V1 no. In the current situation, and most of it is not needed, but it would be nice to have at least the theoretical possibility …

    Internals

    To put the system in buildings over our usual form factors is sufficient to remove only one of the walls. Occasionally to enhance the convenience of assembly, you can remove the top cover – it will give more freedom to the hands.

    With Thermaltake Core V1 this trick fails, the more likely you disassemble it to the ground. Thanks screws with plastic heads make it quite difficult, especially because it is healthy increases the convenience of the process.

    This image body appeared before us without both side walls, so you can better see all the nuances. Top and bottom we still did not hurt.

    First of all, it is seen to share a common space into two unequal parts. Less given to the complete disposal PSU, top – the other components. There is a clear two-chamber, somewhat reminiscent of the judges on the case of Node 804 from Fractal Design.

    All the space that remains in front of the PSU can be used for cable management, or to set the appropriate size of the radiator NWO. The latest to be used in two sizes: 120 and 140 mm. Additional volumes for laying wires and found the side of the power supply, which will no doubt please those who have not yet moved to the modular model.

    The drives have occupied an intermediate position, arranged vertically in both zones.

    For their installation will require first remove the metal frames, each of which held its own cog. At this stage, it becomes clear that expand the disk subsystem with a screwdriver without fail, but how often this feature may be required on packages format Mini-ITX?

    Let us consider the system of fastening discs in more detail. Frames include the installation of two drives – 3.5 inch from one side and 2.5 inch on the other. As already mentioned, the fixation of the latter can be carried out both for the holes on the sides, and for the holes on the bottom disc, which are supplied additional screws.

    Preferably, in this case, is the “side” mounting SSD – just so drives can be installed in pairs. 3.5-inch wheels optional vibration-isolated rubber inserts.

    Now you can go to the next step – remove the top cover. Tailwind change of perspective allows us to see the hitherto is the plane of the motherboard tray. It is interesting indeed huge neckline designed for rapid access to the backplate CPU coolers, the maximum height can reach 140 mm.

    Four standard fixation point mainboard Mini-ITX motherboard already raised above the main surface by vyshtampovki so intermediate fasteners are needed. Second in size hole we mentioned earlier – this is the value that will limit the height of the heat exchanger of NWO. However, this limitation is very conditional – try to find the height of the radiator on the market more than 80 mm.

    The logical continuation of manipulating the body was the dismantling of the bottom wall – the same that with feet and dust filter. Besides the fact that such an operation – is the only way to install the power supply unit, a pleasant bonus is easy access to the reinforcement plate cooler CPU and to conveniently tuck the wires.

    Perhaps there was only one detail that conceals from us the latest details of the structure of the housing. Gently pull the bottom edge of the front panel (there prudently made small projection) and lay it aside for later inspection.

    Pushbutton-interface unit remained on the main body portion, ie with wires every time do not have to fight. Rejoice that every year the housing become more convenient for maintenance, look into an incredibly huge for Peace Mini-ITX, and for the category of best solutions dvuhsotmillimetrovy fan.

    They found our old friend Pure 20 in its opaque incarnation. Unfortunately, he for some reason could not survive the long journey (or repacking body in an inconspicuous box) and cracked.

    On the back of the visible damage is much stronger. We hope that this happens very rarely and we just got lucky. In fairness, we note that, even with so many cracks, fans cope with assigned duties.

    Let’s speak about it a bit more. Besides the size 200×200 mm, this model boasts a three-centimeter thick. Through a combination of these parameters fan develops an impressive 129 CFM at 800 rev / min, and the noise level of 28 dB.

    In Thermaltake were so confident in his performance that do not even have to install the 80-mm fans to “blow-out”. How it would be fair, the show testing, and now let us return to the examination.

    Careful location of fixing holes allows you to set instead of the complete fan of your own, 120 or 140 mm. Option is more likely for those who dare to use the radiators cooling water systems with closely spaced ribs – then forces malooborotistogo giant may not be enough and need to change it to something faster.

    It is unfortunate that you can not install a 240 mm radiator and a couple of fans – for happiness is not enough of a few millimeters. Nevertheless, we believe that with a little “kolhozinga” can be assembled and configured.

    All this talk about cooling almost distracted us from the very interesting parts: vertical holes next to the buttons. It is designed to bring “surplus” cards outside the main chassis – in space, hidden front panel. Thus, the maximum length of the video is not 255, as much as 285 millimeters! Great news for those who want to gather in this building powerful system with the flagship accelerator.

    The rest without external support frame is incredibly easy, but it has a sufficient margin of safety to resist attempts to bend it in any direction. Apple engineers could learn from Thermaltake.

    Just had not forgotten us false panels inside was very similar to the judges in the Core V71: the same curved at the corners of a metal mesh, the same shape of the cells and the porous filter. Incredible ease with which the front wall is removed, allow it to clean as often.

    Impressions of PC Build

    To test body has been placed therein, the following system:

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    test system

    The configuration of the test system
    Motherboard ASUS Maximus VII Impact
    Processor Intel Core i7-4770K(LGA1150; 3.5 GHz; Haswell) / 100×39, 1,05 In
    CPU cooler Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet @ Arctic Cooling MX-4
    Random access memory 1 x 4096 MB DDR3 Patriot @ 1600MHz / 9-9-9-27
    Video card ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU
    Hard Drives 2 x Seagate ST380815AS (80 GB)
    Power supply unit CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold (600 W, RS-600-80-GA-D3)
    Operating system Windows 8 Professional x64

    Recall that Thermaltake Core V1 is positioned as a Mini-ITX-decision in which you can collect very productive system. This is facilitated by support conditional long graphics cards with dual-slot cooling, sufficient space for installation of tower coolers midsize or fairly thick radiator NWO and the seat for standard power supply.

    ASUS Maximus VII Impact is very suitable for such a system concept and veteran ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU just roughly corresponds to the top-end video solutions both in size and in design of the cooling system, the heated air is mostly not thrown out of the case, and remains inside.

    A little distracting from their company cooler Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet, but when testing body would leave the standard 200-mm fan on the site that would prevent the use Antec KÜHLER 620 and GlacialTech Igloo H58 PWM simply would not pass the height.

    Nevertheless, in this set of circumstances, there are pluses: it will be possible to compare the quality of the cooling rates are much closer design barebone ASRock M8 , also supports more video. Choosing CNOS8900 Quiet forced to abandon our usual memory modules, as because of the height of the radiator could not be used closest to the CPU socket slot.

    The assembly begins with the preliminary dismantling all removable panels – it requires unscrewing eight thumbscrews. This operation provides full access to the chassis, allowing for installation of components in the best possible conditions. All these actions are performed without the use of tools, but the further we definitely need a screwdriver.

    Motherboard with pre-fixed cooler falls into place in the first place – the two screws twisted (this feature is associated with the device Maximus VII Impact), four hard-boiled. The next step is best to install the power supply, turning the body upside down. Another four screws.

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    To install the graphics card is required to remove the plastic cover, unscrew the two screws and remove the expansion slot cover washable. Despite the form factor of the case, the video card is easy to install, slightly sticking out connectors for additional power supply outside the main body frame. Do not forget to tighten the screws back in and set them on the “cap”.

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    Fitting the front panel indicates that it is completely hidden behind an additional power cord and the video card fan. Additional centimeters beyond the “skeleton” were just what we needed.

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    Expand housing and to make the finishing touches in the form of drives installed. Free platform for the 2.5-inch disk was used for accurate wiring of main and additional power supply to the motherboard. Behind the right disc (labeled with 1) we put the system SSD, from which the loading of the operating system.

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    Since the power supply is not required airflow, the bulk of the cables was left directly in front of him. Ties do not have to use. Cutouts for the fan ensures that the closest to the front of the drive will not experience a lack of fresh air. Bundle of SSD + HDD, took second pad will be in the less attractive terms.

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    Complete assembly took not much more time than was used cogs. A little more was required to establish order in the wires. In short, if before you set the task to collect some of the same type of compact office PC or want to proceed without delay to the operation of a gaming machine – feel free to choose the body. Pay attention to how much space is left between the regular fan and motherboard.

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    Acrylic window, causes no emotion, some conservatives can awaken the desire to organize some kind of inner illumination. The main thing – do not forget to wipe it off, not to be ashamed.

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    View from the rear under any circumstances will not make you blush.

    Test Procedure

    To create the unlikely event of complete and simultaneous load on all components of a given set of programs running simultaneously:

    • OCCT 4.3.2;
    • Furmark 1.10.3;
    • HD speed 1.7.5.

    Temperature monitoring is performed utility SpeedFan 4.50. Please note that the values ​​displayed OCCT and Furmark, may differ slightly from the final data obtained from logs SpeedFan.

    System SSD, hosted for the second disc in benchmarking and considering the temperature was not involved. OCCT use all eight processing threads. Processor speed has been increased to 3.9 GHz (100×39) at a voltage of 1.05 volts, this mode of testing was inherited from barebone-system ASRock M8 . Impeller speed Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet was 100% PWM (~ 1500 r / min). Processes HD speed was put high priority.

    The temperature of hard disks on a separate schedule. The first disc was placed closer to the fan, shared second fastening frame with SSD. In this graph, there are only a maximum temperature, as in the intervals between the tests work HD Speed ​​is not suspended.

    Temperature idle and load are designated as high and low. Each test included a half hour of continuous heating and for at least ten minutes to cool down the components, and therefore the minimum value of the temperature should not be considered absolutely exact. Processor was taken from the temperature of the hot cores, which also gives a spread of a few degrees.

    Turnovers cooling system Radeon HD 5850 were fixed at 100% (~ 4500 rev / min). This value is chosen to preceding and subsequent Mini-ITX-corps did not descend from the race due to overheating of the video card.
    During the test the temperature in the room is about 24 degrees Celsius, the system unit is located at the floor level.

    First in line is the “standard” mode of operation, all the walls are in place, they are intended by the manufacturer, additional measures for removing excess heat is taken.

    The housing provides acceptable conditions of work of all critical components, allowing, if necessary, to reduce the noise of the cooling system or increase performance by overclocking. The only weak point is the temperature of the far disc – air hardly gets to him. Additional moderator flow protrude wires going to the drives and motherboard. Perhaps with a different way of stacking the results could be better.

    Mounted closer to the video card 80mm fan slightly improved the overall climate in the building, but hard drives do not feel the changes. This allows us to conclude that the pre-giant can provide adequate circulation of air masses unaided. Nevertheless, one or two additional low-speed fan can improve heat dissipation, without introducing additional noise.

    Remembering the complete interchangeability of the walls, we decided to further test the configuration in which a “glazed” part was right. Ventilation holes perforated wall while very little is not coincided with the zone of discharge of hot air card.

    Oddly enough, this permutation significant dividends to no avail. Compared with a standard configuration found the three-degree temperature drop cards, other changes correlated with the measurement error.

    After this was wondering how to behave with the body completely open top. Perforated walls in this case was returned to its rightful place. Best of all for such a metamorphosis responded second disc – the temperature dropped noticeably. The remaining components of the system are also slightly tempered his enthusiasm. This test has further strengthened us in the opinion that the ventilation in the housing very well organized.

    Finally, for a full understanding of the situation will present you with the results obtained on the open bench. Coolers like Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet, very comfortable to be outside the walls of limiting emissions of warm air.

    That’s why the biggest difference is observed in the temperature of the processor. This same feature helps to keep the temperature at an optimum level power converter (VRM). Video card also improved the thermal regime, but not as much as might have been expected. Both HDDs without forced cooling showed the same result, a little before reaching the pyatidesyatigradusnoy mark.

    Due to its non-standard layout, sufficient amount of free space between the components and efficient fans, the case shows very good results, unusual for a more compact Mini-ITX-solutions. This allows us to recommend it as a base for a very quiet system. No less successful it can be used for overclocking, especially for cooling CPU coolers using tower or NWO.

    Conclusions

    [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00M2UKGSM” cloaking=”no” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″]Thermaltake Core V1 was a very versatile solution. On its base can be equally easy to assemble as a media center quiet and powerful gaming station. In both cases, the user will not have to make extra efforts in providing quality cooling – everything will work fine “out of the box.”

    The body may appear too large for the form factor Mini-ITX, but as a generous compensation for the extra inches you will get the opportunity to install a full-length adapter, as well as a wide selection of suitable graphics card and cooling systems.

    Do not forget about the possibility of installing four drives, two of which can be 3.5-inch. In short, the potential owner will receive everything that deprived the typical representatives of the class. And all this at a very attractive price – about two thousand. It seems that for many the choice is already made.

    Pros:

    • combination of compactness and good roominess;
    • competent implementation of cooling;
    • possibility of installation of tower coolers up to 140 mm;
    • the ability to install a radiator its in the housing;
    • space for four drives;
    • easy to clean filters;
    • opportunity to change the wall in some places;
    • viewing window;
    • price.

    Cons:

    • slippery plastic feet;
    • fixed position limits the options of the logo reconfiguration;
    • there is no possibility to install your CD-ROM drive.
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