Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis Review

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Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis

Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis

Computer cases are almost the unsung hero of system building. While everybody wants their system to look the particular way that they want it to, it isn’t until you have your hands on a quality case that you will realize what you’ve been missing. Thermaltake has been in the PC game since it was founded in 1999 and they have been going strong ever since. Today I have the opportunity to look at one of the latest Thermaltake entries, the Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis. The TT Core V1 mini-ITX chassis is available over at Newegg.com for only $49.99 shipped and it is also $49.99 shipped at Amazon.

The Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX isn’t the smallest mini-ITX chassis I’ve ever come across and measures 10.9 x 10.2 x 12.4 inch, which means it’s pretty much a cube. I’m personally not 100% sold on the cube design, but it definitely works for the Thermaltake Core V1  mini-ITX chassis. Despite it’s small stature, Thermaltake has packed the Core V1 mini-ITX chassis with a pretty solid feature stack.

Thermaltake Core V1 Chambers

Thermaltake split the Core V1 mini-ITX chassis into chambers. The upper chamber is designed for the bulk of the system components. This helps to enable airflow and keep the system nice and cool during those long gaming sessions. The lower chamber is designed to house the cables, power supply and various parts that aren’t quite as heat sensitive.

Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis Cooling

The Thermaltake Core V1 comes standard with a 200mm fan tucked in behind the front panel. The fan is rated for 800RPM and a nice quiet 13dBA. This is the only fan that comes with the Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX chassis, but there is a pair of spots on the back panel for a couple of 80mm fans of your choosing. Let’s take a quick peak at the Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX chassis specifications below.

Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Specifications
Model
  • Core V1
P/N
  • CA-1B8-00S1WN-00
Case Type
  • Mini Case
Dimension (H x W x D)
  • 276 x 260 x 316 mm
  • (10.9 x 10.2 x 12.4 inch)
Side Panel
  • Transparent Window (Interchangeable)
Color
  • Exterior & Interior : Black
Material
  • SPCC
Cooling System
  • Front (intake) :
  • 200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (800rpm, 13dBA)
Drive Bays
  • Hidden : 2 x 3.5’’ , 2 x 2.5’’
Expansion Slots
  • 2
Motherboards
  • 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX)
I/O Ports
  • USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
PSU
  • Standard PS2 PSU
Fan Support Front:

  • 1 x 120mm or
  • 1 x 140mm or
  • 1 x 200mm

Rear:

  • 2 x 80mm
Radiator Suppor Front:

  • 1 x 120mm or
  • 1 x 140mm
Clearance
  • ]CPU cooler height limitation: 140mm
  • VGA length limitation:
  • 255mm (Inner chassis)
  • 285mm (Outer chassis)
  • PSU length limitation: 200mm

Now that I’m confident that you memorized the specifications above, we can move on to the next page where we can take a look at the retail packaging and pull our new toy out of the box!

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  • Steven

    There are 2 hidden 2.5″ bays, so you can run a total of 2 HDDs + 2 SSDs, which would make use of the 4 SATA ports

  • momo

    Thanks! this is the most helpful ! do you think i can use this cooler in v1? say… with just 1 fan instead of 2? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181089 i think with only 1 fan it should fit in there…. or do i have to replace the 200mm fan that comes with the chassis with the fan from corsair? sorry with all the questions 🙁

  • Dave

    Do you reckon 11.6″ graphics cards would just clear the switch panel and just fit without modding the front panel?

  • Trey

    My Core V1 came with plastic feet, not rubber. Also you can mount a 2.5″ drive on the back of each hard drive cage. Also you can mount an additional 2 drives on the mesh panel by moving it to the top position and using the attached rubber gromets. this brings the total supported drives to 6 (4×3.5″, 2×2.5″)