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Thermaltake Core X9 Review


Thermaltake Core X9 Closer Look:

Cube-style cases are nothing new. Corsair and Cooler Master both have them. But at first glance, the Core X9 reminds me of something you would see from CaseLabs. CaseLabs makes awesome, high-end cases, but they also carry high-end prices. The Core X9 is priced at a very affordable $169.99. I say very affordable because you are getting a lot of bang for the buck that will be explained in detail as we go through the case. Let's start with some of the physical characteristics.

 The case measures 502 x 380 x 640mm and comes in at 17 kg / 37.5 lbs empty, so a fully loaded case can easily tip the scales at over 25kg / 55lbs. So it may not be a bad idea to have some help when moving a complete system. This thing is big - I have to reset my watch while walking around it since it sits in two different time zones. Ok, I am joking, but it does resemble a large server case. Certainly something that can house some serious horsepower.

The top and side panels are all made from steel with a nice black fine-grain textured finish. The front panel is made from a black steel mesh laid over a heavy plastic frame. The top and side panels are easily removable. Each has two retained thumbscrews as well as two parallel slotted vents that run along the length of the panels. There is one large, clear windowed side panel (also equipped with retained thumb screws), and the sides can be swapped if you prefer the window on the opposite side. And this is where the modularity begins on the exterior.



The rear of the case has a lot going on. The motherboard lays flat, so you see the eight expansion slots lined up vertically in the center of the case, to the right. Above the expansion slots are two oval grommeted outlets for external water cooling access. To the upper left is the rear case fan. The case comes with a 4-pin 120mm fan for the rear exhaust and there are mounting provisions for a 140mm fan.

At the bottom, there are two, yes two places to mount power supplies. You do have the option of using one power supply and the other side can accept a fan, which adds to the modularity of this case. The four plastic feet are removable and have rubber inserts, and provide 1.25" of clearance under the case. On the bottom there are two mesh filters, and toward the front of the case is a floor panel that can be removed if you would like to stack two X9s together. This would allow passage of cooling equipment and wires between the cases. More on stacking later.



The front of the case is fairly plain. Just the Thermaltake logo and three optical drive bays. The front slotted mesh allows air to pass through, although there is another fine perforated mesh filter behind the fascia to help keep dust out of the case. Also behind the front fascia resides a 200mm 3-pin PWM fan to draw cool air in from the front.



Here is a feature that really helps out when you are cleaning your case. This is a flexible mesh filter that has a magnetic strip around the perimeter. The vented top and side panels each have two of these that fit behind the vents, so there are four filters in total. They are easily removed, cleaned, and replaced in just a few seconds.

  1. Thermaltake Core X9: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Core X9 Closer Look: The Case
  3. Thermaltake Core X9 Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Thermaltake Core X9: Specifications & Features
  5. Thermaltake Core X9 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Thermaltake Core X9: Conclusion
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