CES 2015 - Thermaltake
We have been seeing little pieces of Thermaltakes new line of cases and custom liquid cooling systems. Today, we were able to meet up with Thermaltake to take a close look at their latest innovation for the demanding enthusiasts. As the new hardware becomes available, Legit Reviews will work hard to check them out and give you our opinions on them.
Core X Stackable Case
Thermaltakes latest case is the Core X series, with three submodels available, they offer the ultimate is user configurations. Designed to allow the user to configure the case to meet their specific need rather than making the user adjust their desire to fit a specific case. These configuration changes include swapping the side panels, and moving the typical front I/O cluster from one side to the other. In addition, if you find that your custom liquid cooling solution won't fit into a specific case, you can purchase two of the cases and stack them! Allowing for incredibly complex and powerful custom cooling solution for the GPU and CPU.
The smallest unit is the X1, measuring 16.8 x 11 x 18.5 inch and supports ITX motherboards, it has the same customizable features we just mentioned but in a small cube form factor. All intakes are filtered with magnetic filters to keep the interior as clean as possible. For drive space, you can install up to two 5.25" devices, three 3.5" and one 2.5" drives. The front I/O cluster includes the typical items with dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. For a small case, it's cooling potential is huge, supporting all the way up to a 360mm radiator in the top panel or 280mm radiator at the front of the case. Cooling shouldn't be a problem!
The next model is the X2, as you might suspect, it is larger than the X1, allowing for m-ATX motherboards and measures 18.3 x 12.6 x 21.3 inches. Here is where things start to get to the extreme. Liquid cooling support, is greatly increased to two 360mm radiators at the top panel, up to 360mm radiator in the front or the sides, 240mm on the bottom and a small 140mm at the back of the case! So many cooling options! Drive support is increased as well to three 5.25", four 3.5" and three 2.5" drives.
The biggest model is the X9, supporting E-ATX motherboards, it measures 19.8 x 15 x 25.2 inches. Three 5.25" devices, six 3.5" and two 2.5" drives are supported in the X9. With a larger case, cooling gets even more extreme with support for two 480mm radiators on the top panel, 480mm on the sides and bottom, 360mm on the front, and a 140mm on the back panel. More than enough cooling options to do some extreme cooling!
Don't forget something we mentioned at the beginning, these cases are designed to be stacked! When they are stacked, they look like one case, rather than two cases that are stacked.
Pacific RL240 Custom Liquid Cooling Starter Kit
For many starting a custom liquid cooling system is a confusing process, making sure everything works together and all the necessary components are there. Thermaltake as taken that confusion and tossed it out the window with the Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit, it includes everything necessary to start the process.
Included in the basic kit is a 288mm reservoir that holds 400ml of liquid, and the D5 pump. The Pacific W1 water block has a copper base with nickel plating and has universal socket compatibility. The all important radiator measures 282 x 129 x 64mm (LxWxH) and has G1/4 threaded connections for tubing. 200cm of 1/2" tubing is included in the kit, along with 1000ML of Red coolant.
Thermaltake doesn't stop there for their custom liquid cooling solution. Once the base kit is in place, you can upgrade the components as necessary, or build a custom liquid cooling system from scratch.
Thermaltake has radiators as small as 120mm all the way to 540mm (3x180mm fans)! There is no reason somebody can't put together a perfect liquid cooling system for their needs.
Something I noticed rather quickly was how thick these radiators are. To show the difference, a slim radiator was put next to one of these new custom loop radiators, and the difference is quite obvious. The thin radiator is similar in thickenss to the Water 3.0 Ultimate cooler we just took a look at at 27mm, while the Pacific radiators are 64mm thick!
Radiators aren't the only parts you can get from Thermaltakes new liquid cooling line, pumps, reservoirs, and water blocks.
Thermaltake doesn't stop with just the hardware to put together a custom water cooling system, new fans will be available and other air coolers for those that don't want to mess with a liquid cooled system.
New LED fans with a LED ring rather than individual LEDs, helps to make the lighting more even and look incredible. Of course to control all those fans a new touch panel fan controller will also be available soon.
Thermaltake has you covered no matter how you want to cool your system.
For gaming, Thermaltake has a new headset coming out, the Shock 3D 7.1. It plans to retail at $79.99. The 7.1 audio is done by virtual surround sound and 4 integrated EQ settings. The integrated MIC will switch off automatically when it is raised up, volume controls are situated on the left earcup. Configuring the Shock 3D 7.1 will be done with a custom GUI which allows you to configure the headset to your specific needs.
The new Poseidon Z TouchBar keyboard integrates a touchbar into the spacebar. Full mechanical Blue and Brown switches make this a new option for gamers. Use the touchbar to zoom in, scroll or integrate macros.
Thermaltake also has a smart keyboard and mouse coming that uses a wired connection and bluetooth to transmit click stats to an Android or iOS device. A social aspect allows you to see how friends are doing, and see what they are doing different. The Poseidon Z Plus and Theron Plus will be the first keyboard and mouse that integrates these sensors for tracking.
Thermaltake is looking to change things up and focus on the DIY enthusiast with customizable and stackable cases, custom liquid cooling loops and many new other cooling hardware. For gamers, they are also stepping up their eSports line with new headphones, keyboards and mice. While we just touched on the new hardware, check back with Legit Reviews as we begin to get this new hardware in and put it to the test!