Thermaltake Core P5 Review
Thermaltake Core P5 Review
As the new trend of open PC cases starting to be quite a thing, the Core P5 from Thermaltake came to market just in time. Of course, we were also curious, and asked Thermaltake to provide us with one sample, so we can have a closer look at it. Even the case is quite big, it comes in relatively slim package. After unboxing, you can decide which parts you need to use.
It’s clear that the Core P5 is open case and so you will end up cleaning the dust from time to time. So, we highly recommend to use this case on top of your desk or table where a dust collection is little bit less an issue. Well, not really, but still better than on the floor. The modular design of the Core P5 allows users to use it in three different ways. Wall mount, Horizontal and Vertical.
After removing the backside panel, we have found the wall mounting holder, front panel I/O cables and HDD brackets. All cables and HDD can be hidden here easily. Although, keep in mind to use as many cable ties as you can to keep the cables tighten, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to close the backside panel again. It is worth to mention that you have 40-45mm of space for your cable management.
We can see that there’re 3x brackets for 3,5″ HDDs which you can also use for SSDs without additional mounting brackets etc. They are removable, so if you are going to use only 1x HDD/SSD you better take them out to save some space for cables.
I/O panel has been positioned on the right side of the chassis, offering 2x USB3.0, 2x USB2.0, mic/jack ports, Reset and Power Button. There’s quite a big cut-out for CPU cooler installation and holes are protected with rubber grommets. Additional HDD bracket is also included, should you wish to mount one HDD/SSD in front as well. SSD can be mounted in front without using the bracket.
This case calls for watercooling, so why not full custom loop.To mount a pump, there’s an extra bracket included. This bracket is not strong enough and we highly recommend to use at least one reservoir holder if you decide to use let’s say Pacific PT40-D5 pump /reservoir combo from Thermaltake.
The graphics card will be in vertical position. To make that possible, we have to use an extra holder together with a PCI-e x16 flexible extender cable with EMI shielding cover. Thermaltake have included only one expansion cable. as they are not so cheap($29.99). To be able to use two or more graphics cards, you will have to order these separately. There is already an option to mount AIO ( all in one) cooler 120mm/240mm and 360mm in size, but you have to order special Core P5 AIO Bracket. This allows you to mount AIO liquid cooler in the middle and to use the right space of the chassis for SSD/HDDs. For enthusiast users, who only accept custom loop and nothing less, or wish to mount 480mm radiator, there is enough space on the right side of the chassis. Do you prefer 140mm fans or 420mm radiator? No problem, you can use any 280/360/420/480mm radiator here.
Speaking of HDDs, the support HDD bracket is quickly removable, fixed with only one screw. One 3.5″ HDD can be inserted without using of any tool and fixed with this quick fix system.
As we have already mentioned before the case can be wall mounted as it has 12 holes at the back for many different wall mounting options. As it is an optional feature, the wall-mounting brackets are not included. The back-side panel is very flexible due to lower material thickness. It features magnetic dust filter which can be helpful if you pull air from behind the case and push it through the radiator in front. In most cases we have seen users are mounting the fan+radiator in front, and so pushing the air through the case. In this case you shouldn’t use any filter at all, otherwise over time it will only collect more dust.
As a protection you can use also included acrylic glass, which is held by heavy stand-off bolts This gives the build its presentation feeling.
And finally our custom liquid cooled build.
Thermaltake Core P5 Specifications:
|Case Type||Mid Tower|
|Dimension (H x W x D)||608 x 333 x 570 mm
(23.9 x 13.1 x 22.4 inch)
|Net Weight||12.2 kg / 26.9 lb|
|Side Panel||Transparent Window|
|Drive Bays||-Accessible : 1 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (HDD tay)
-Hidden : 3 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (Behind the M/B tray)
|Motherboards||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)|
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1|
|PSU||Standard PS2 PSU (optional)|
|Fan Support||Left Side:
4 x 120mm
3 x 140mm
|Radiator Support||Left Side:
1 x 480mm
1 x 420mm
|Clearance||CPU cooler height limitation:
180mmVGA length limitation:
280mm (With Reservoir)
320mm (Without Reservoir)PSU length limitation:
This open case has already become quite popular among users and enthusiasts mainly for its customization. For its unique design, it’s hard to compare the price with competition, as there is not much open cases on the market. With a price tag ca. €130 we are pretty satisfied. Thermaltake has made couple good decisions here. To keep the price as low as possible they didn’t include the wall mounting brackets and second PCI-e riser cable in the package. Thus, the price can be affordable for more end users. As most of us are using only one graphics card, there is no point to include additional extension and to add another €25 into price. The same applies for wall mounting brackets. Thankfully, Thermaltake still offers the option to order all additional parts separately.
When it comes to design and build quality, there is still some space to make thing better. As some parts as pump/reservoir holder or PSU bracket are too flexible. The whole chassis is pretty shaky and flexible. The reason it the flat design itself. There would be some additional support ribs needed to make this case more stable. Also using of thicker material would help, but then the price would double for sure. The graphics card bracket is unnecessary big. Its only one PCI-e riser included and so there’s no point to have such a big bracket. Smaller one would maybe even lower the price, and users with two or more graphics cards could still order bigger bracket separately, if needed. Maybe in the future we will see some design improvements. As a first product of its kind, this layout is actually pretty versatile. We like the quick removable HDD brackets and the way the whole idea of vertical VGA placement. Core P5 is all in all a nice case and it will earn our Gold Recommendation.
Versatile 3-way Layout
Acrylic glass protection foil is hard to remove