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Thermaltake Urban T81 Review


Thermaltake Urban T81: Working Components

Removing the side panels presented no issues. Errr, in fact you don't have to remove the side panel at all this time around as it's also a hinged door similar to the front panel. The back side, however, needs to be unscrewed the old fashion way. Thermaltake's design choice to make the side in a door like style is a rare sight and almost nonexistent outside the server / workstation realm. Though the practicality isn't all there since the hard drive bays are not set up in a hot-swap fashion like the Level 10 series. Other than for looks or minor theft prevention, the door has little use. On the back side you can see the multiple rubber grommets to allow a variety of cable arrangements, along with a fan controller in the middle.



The Thermaltake tool-less design is effective and easy to figure out. The 5.25" bays have a simple lock-in mechanism, which has a latch that is pressed initially while installing the drive. Once the optical drive is in place, the drive will lock into place. The hard drive 3.5" bays have cross support for either a standard drive or a 2.5", which is becoming necessary with SSD drive sales going up as prices go down per gigabyte. The tray themselves are plastic with a basic tool-less installation design that holds standard 3.5" drives in place by plastic pins. However, similar to most chassis, the 2.5" drive must be screwed into place as it's too small for the tool-less feature to be implemented.



Thermaltake went above the standard by including a dedicated fan hub that supports up to ten fans. It is not often that a company is willing to add a device of this type. Rather companies usually let the consumer fork over even more money just to use the chassis to its full potential and with three pre-installed fans, it's almost essential to have. The only downside to the hub is that it is just a distribution point and not a control mechanism, so all of the fans attached to it run the same speed. That to me is not a big deal considering the speed option of high or low is enough for most people, including myself. However, the power connector is the old 4-pin Molex that I'm still hoping companies will at some point just stop using as it's a bulky cable.


Here it is all assembled! Installing everything was standard enough and I didn't really have issues at all. The side panel window / door was annoying to work around until I found out it can be removed and then my problems went away. Inside the chassis is loads of space with the ability to allow up to an E-ATX motherboard and a 360mm radiator with the adjacent hard drive cage still installed

  1. Thermaltake Urban T81: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Urban T81: The Case
  3. Thermaltake Urban T81: Working Components
  4. Thermaltake Urban T81: Advanced Features
  5. Thermaltake Urban T81: Specifications & Features
  6. Thermaltake Urban T81: Testing: Setup & Results
  7. Thermaltake Urban T81: Conclusion
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