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Thermaltake Urban T81: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Thermaltake Urban T81, which has been in Thermaltake's chassis lineup for over a year now. None the less OverclockersClub is excited to get its hand on any chassis currently on the market. Thermaltake as a company established itself in 1999 with a mission of "delivering the perfect user experience." Thermaltake was, and is, the leading company for aftermarket cooling. The company is also largely involved with the eSPORTS community, making peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and headphones. Being a well known brand has great rewards, as it can spend more time in research and development to really deliver that user experience. Thermaltake has already branched out into the power supply and computer accessories markets while keeping a steady supply of new chassis year after year.
Thermaltake Urban T81: Closer Look
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis has its signature brushed aluminum look from top to bottom, which is what all the Urban chassis in the series look like. Thermaltake's other series like the Core or Level 10 stand out from the crowed and it's good to see the Urban continuing this trend. Next I'll give quick rundown of the chassis from the images below and left to right.
Similar to the Thermaltake Core V71 I reviewed earlier this year, the Urban T81 chassis is very much like an onion that has many layers to be peeled away before it's all said and done. On the outside, the brushed aluminum sets a professional tone, which is a niche that has a necessary place in market. Looking at the front of the chassis, it has two exposed 5.25" bays covered by a metal hinged door and behind that is a removable dust filter for the fans. The addition of two 200mm fans that, by default, are set up as intake fans to create a positive airflow setup.
Continuing on, the back is as standard as it comes with a 120mm rear fan, eight expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left side panel is split in half where the left side includes a window over the motherboard tray and major parts, while the other side opens to the right and contains the hard drive bays. Finally, the right panel (back side) is solid and continues the rectangular extruded shape.
Looking at the top of the chassis, there are a few goodies under the mesh. To start, at the front all the I/O ports are lined up front and center, which is a design choice well suited for the style the chassis is going for. Below the top panel is a long dust filter that can be removed by pressing down where the arrow for it is to release its hold. By default a 200mm fan is included on the top. To give a tease of what is to come in the review, there is also a large amount of space for either three 120mm or two 200mm fans and everything in between. Don't worry, I'll cover the fan and water cooling support later in the review; this is just more of an overview.
The bottom has a dust filter that covers the whole bottom vented section. In this case, the dust filter is a single long filter rather than spilt into two, as is often seen in other chassis. Removing the dust filter involves pushing down the clip to release and pulling on the filter lightly for it come out. In reverse, installing just requires pushing lightly and it will click into place.