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Thermaltake Urban T81 Review


Thermaltake Urban T81: Testing

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3DMark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).

* All tests are conducted at 73 °F /23 °C ambient room temperature.


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Thermaltake does an amazing job at keeping the components cool under heavy load. Even though it has the exact some setup internally airflow wise as the Core V71 and three 200mm fans, it can't catch a break. I think the front door is limiting airflow, as it's forced to pull from the bottom rather than where each fan is. Not all is lost as air is in fact moving or the temperatures would be much higher.

One thing to remember is that this chassis came out nearly a year before its counterpart, the V71. Its design choice can be factor, too, as it doesn't have to be the best in temperatures to be considered good in its respective field. Thermaltake never said it's for workstations, but enabling E-ATX motherboards and a "simple and elegant" design gives me the expression that it could in fact be sold as one.

  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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