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ThermalTake Core X2 Chassis Review

Posted January 4, 2015 by Sandy Bruce in Cases & PSU


Release Date: Now 01/2015
Price at time of Review: 99.99 - Core X1 129.99 - Core X2 169.99 - Core X3


Modular, Liquid Cooling Support, Roomy, Price, board platform, hidden drive bays, large window, Air cooling


Paint chipped at mounting points, non magnetic filters
Overall Thermaltake has brought the features and expandability found in some of the more expensive chassis to the masses. If you can't afford something it really does not matter how much wear and tear it can withstand over time. Thanks to the Core X more people may be able to enter the world of extreme liquid cooling and custom modification.
by Sandy Bruce
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Meet the Core X Series

Thermaltake will be introducing the three Core X cases that make up the series at CES 2015, the Core X1, Core X2 and CoreX9. All of the Core X cases will look identical and follow along with same basic design principles but differ in size and overall capacity.


Core X1-ITX

Core X1 will be the smaller of the three and capable of housing ITX only. Core X1 can hold 2+4 drives with the modular drive rack, 220mm PSU(with Bottom fan installed) , a wide variety of fan choices, up to a 360mm radiator up top, 280mm up front and a 140mm on the bottom. Those that are not into liquid cooling will have a CPU tower cooling clearance of 200mm. GPU size limitations are limited by the ODD cage, 280mm if cage is installed, up to 400mm without. The side panels are interchangeable as well. If no additional ventilation is needed an optional 2nd windowed panel could be installed to display even more of the system inside. corex1 mesh side Corex1 corex1 modular

Core X2-ITX & M-ATX

Very similar to the Core X1, just a bit larger supporting ITX and M-ATX boards. The Core X2 has an expanded 3+7 drive modular drive rack system that offers an array of drive install options. As the Core X2 is overall larger than the Core X1 there are even more placements for fan locations. Six 120mm fans can be mounted in the top section alone. CPU air cooling clearance increases to 230mm, Radiator Support jumps to 2x 360mm top, 1x360mm front, 140mm rear, 240mm bottle and 360mm on the mesh side panel. GPU clearance is 330mm with ODD cage and 480mm without. Overall that is a pretty astounding amount of liquid cooling that can be installed.

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Core X9- Up to E-ATX

Yep, the Core X series just got even bigger. Sporting E-ATX compatibility jumps the overall weight and size of the Core X9 to 37.5lbs, 10 lbs more than the Core X2 and 122.6 Cubic liters of space compared to the 85Cubic liters found in the X2. Wait until you see what you can install inside the X9. The modular drive racks can hold up to 3+9 drives, a 200mm fan with removable filter comes preinstalled, eight 120mm fans fit up top, 3x 120mm or 2x140mm in front and rear, 3x120mm on bottom and up to 4 120mm on the side cover. Air flow will never be a problem. When it comes to liquid cooling the Core X9 really impresses by featuring radiator mounting locations for up to 1x 360mm up front, 1x 120 or 140mm rear, 1x 480mm on the side cover, 1x 480mm on bottom, and 2x 480mm on top. If you are an liquid cooling enthusiast you can’t help but to get a little excited thinking about everything we can cram into the X9.

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    nice review, im thinking of getting this or the X9, but theres one deciding factor: whilst you had this for a review, did you at all try a full atx board on the tray ? Im aware supported formats don’t include full ATX, however looking at dimensions it looks like a full board could fit.


      Sandy Bruce

      I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the review. The X2 and X9 are a great platform to build in. Which ever you decide, I am sure you will be just as pleased as I was. As for the Full Size ATX testing, no I did not attempt to install one. The orientation of the board would have the bottom section of the board extending out past the side cover placement. I guess you could install one if you were not planning on using a side cover. The tail end of the board would also sag without having proper support. Go ahead and pickup the X9 for ATX and EATX support and save yourself the head ache. Also gives you more room for Liquid cooling components.


    Thanks for the response. I did sort of come to that conclusion by comparing board pics with the ones in your review, but wasn’t sure if something could be done. I already have an Asus Maximus Ranger for the build so I guess I will be using the X9, I had planned on 2 loops for this build, at least there will be growing space!

    Sandy Bruce

    Sounds like the start of a really nice project. Feel free to add a build log on the forum in the “Work Log” section. If I had the time I would start over with this one and really make it shine. Only had a few days to get review up for launch.

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