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Thermaltake Suppressor F51 Review


Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Working Components

With both side panels removed, you can get a feel for the space inside the case. Even an E-ATX sized motherboard would be right at home and the five oval rubber grommets are postioned just right for optimal cable management. The fit and finish are top-notch, which reminds me of computer cases from years ago. If you did anything inside of a computer case fifteen or so years ago, your hands bore the scars from all the nasty sharp edges inside those old cases. It was like manufacturers wanted to make sure you kept case intrusions to a minimum. You were guaranteed some blood loss every time you cracked open the side panel. Not anymore. Razor sharp edges are a thing of the past. Manufacturers such as Thermaltake go to great efforts to make sure that all the internals are hand and finger friendly. 



There are two removable hard drive racks, each with three quick-change hard drive cages. The two racks are secured to the chassis with thumb screws for easy removal. The cages slide into the rack and the hinged door locks each cage to the rack, much like you see with hard drives in servers. This is a great feature for quick hard drive swapping. On the floor of the case there is room for a bottom radiator up to 240mm if you like, and the bottom filter panels will keep the incoming air practically dust free.



The two optical drive bays double as mounting for hard drives too. Each of the two can handle a single 3.5" drive or two 2.5" SSDs in lieu of optical drives. So if you add it all up, the F51 can handle up to eight 3.5" hard drives, or ten SSDs, all within the main case. To keep things interesting, you can still open up some space by removing one hard drive rack and not lose all three hard drives. Two of them can be relocated behind the back plane, which we will see shortly. Now if you want to use the bays for optical drives, that is no problem since the bays are tool free and the front bay covers easily pop out. If you really need some space, both optical drive bays can be entirely removed. The mounting screws are accessible when you remove the front fascia.



A quick look toward the bottom of the front panel and you will find the front filter panel, but behind it is another filter panel - both are easy to remove for cleaning.The fine mesh should do a great job of keeping the dust out of the case. After both panels are out of the way, you can see the included 200mm front fan.



The entire front fascia pops off to reveal the framework of the chassis front. If you want to remove the front 200mm fan, the front of the case can handle up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. Thermaltake also made sure that either a 360mm or a 420mm front radiator can fit. A closer look at the venting on the front fascia shows how the air intake is along the sides, so when the front door is closed, plenty of air can be pulled in by the front 200mm fan.



Here I have removed both hard drive cages, the two top optical drive bays and the front fascia to show you how much room is available. With the cages removed, there is space at the bottom of the case for a 120mm or a 240mm radiator. Flip the case around and now you can see how the hard drive cages can be mounted behind the back plane.  Thermaltake has incorporated some special brackets on the back plane to hold two hard drive cages, so if your system only has two hard drives, you can get them out of the way and have more room for a custom water cooling system.



Looking toward the rear of the case, you see the included 140mm 3-pin exhaust fan at the top, with the power supply opening at the bottom. Look closely and you will see that around the opening for the power supply, there are foam rubber insulating strips. They are there to help keep any vibrations from the power supply from making it to the chassis. This is all part of the noise 'suppression' in the Suppressor F51.




The windowed side cover has no sound deadening, but the back cover has a large sound deadening pad on the inside. The picture on the right shows a better view of the thickness of the sound deadening material, which covers nearly the entire interior surface of the panel. One thing I like are the retained thumb screws for attaching the side panels.



As we look inside at the top of the case, you can see the three sound deadening panels that are in three distinct sections and each is marked with its position for easy removal and replacememnt. You can leave them in for the ultimate in silent operation, or you have several options for top fans. The top panels supports up to three 120mm fans, or up to three 140mm fans, or up to two 200mm fans. Air flow should be no problem. If you would rather place a radiator up top, it can support sizes of 360mm or 420mm.



Here is a close-up shot of one of the top panels. It has a thick spongy foam pad topped with a layer of fabric. So when I originally made the observation that the case seemed a little heavier than I was expecting, it all makes sense now. With the extra sound deadening material, the case will indeed feel a little heavier.


The MSI motherboard fits well in the case, and above the motherboard there is almost 2.5 inches to the top of the case. That leaves plenty of room for a big fat radiator and some fans. The final build is clean, with very nice cable management and the large side window allows you to show off your hardware.



Pull those top optical drive bays and bottom hard drive racks out and this case just begs to be fitted with a custom liquid cooling system. It would be a terrible injustice not to show the full capabilities of this case, so the picture below is directly from the Thermaltake website, clearly showing what can be done. This is a full custom water cooling system that would be practically impossible to fit in a case this size, but Thermaltake has designed the F51 specifically with this type of high-end cooling capability in mind. All the space is fully utilized without being cramped, and you still have room for massive graphics cards up to 465mm in length.

  1. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: The Case
  3. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Working Components
  4. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Specifications & Features
  5. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Conclusion
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