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Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review

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Posted July 29, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Cases & PSU

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Now
 
Specifications: See review
 
Price at time of Review: $169.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Price, Spacious, Modular HDD cage, Large Window, Solid Door to cover bays, Huge included fans, Water Cooling Support, Cable Management
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

no noise dampening material
 
BOTTOM LINE:
When all is said and done, ThermalTake did not disappoint in what can be considered their first outing or a reintroduction into enthusiast class custom water cooling cases. Water cooling enthusiast were obviously the driving force behind the design but it also allows for some of the best and biggest air cooling options around.
by Sandy Bruce
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Close Up: Exterior

 

When you get the Urban T81 home and you rip into the box like a kid on Christmas morning, you will find the Urban is protected by a felt like bag to protect the exterior from any scratches. These type of bags are becoming more common place in premium cases. A plastic bag may or may not serve the same purpose but I really like these better as they gives the buyer an extra level of confidence that their product is safe. Underneath this cover is a 585 x 235 x 602 mm (23 x 9.3 x 23.7 inch), 30-pound behemoth. Is is simple, yet elegant? We will see about that.

 

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For this review I want to start from the back side of the case as there is not much to discuss. A simple partially raised cover to give a few extra millimeters for cable management. The front bezel has a column of slotted air intakes running down the length. The intakes are located on the sides to keep the front bezel a solid smooth surface.

 

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On the back side of the T81 there are three water cooling tube pass-throughs for external radiator placement. The keys for the side door cover are attached to a metal loop on the backside by a tie wrap. This is not a permanent storage position for the keys. A single 140mm exhaust fan is included with the T81; however, you can go down to a smaller 120mm fan in the rear position. Eight PCI slots can be accessed by using tool-less thumb screws. DSCF0038

Swing all the way around to the front of the T81, and you will find the same slotted air intakes running down the side of the smooth brushed aluminum bezel. I really like the look of the front bezel. It’s clean, sleek and sophisticated. Someone on the design team has been paying attention to what is very popular.

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The front door is held closed by small magnets in the corners of the inner bezel. Thermaltake maintains a clean front bezel and even included placements for two 5.25″ devices (or a 3.5″ device) in the convertible drive bay slot. Mesh drive bay covers may have helped with air intake with the front door closed, but it’s a minor quibble. The front intake dust filters are very easy to remove for routine cleaning.

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There is another filter that runs along the majority of the bottom of the chassis. It can be pulled out for cleaning from the back of the case.

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6 Comments


  1.  
    mephyt

    Did you do 140mm push/pull or did you leave the 200mm stock fans in the front of the case? Would 3x140s fit in front? Documentation seems to indcate 3×120 or 2×140, but that’s slightly less than ideal.




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      There were 3 140mm fans install on the “inside” part of the 420mm Rad. The 200mm fans were removed. If you are not using the top 5.25″ drive bays you will be able to install 3 140mm on the outside of the rad under the front Bezel. There is more than enough clearance. TT also pre-drilled a good amount of screw holes in the front. I will verify mounting 3 140mm on the outer side of the rad under the bezel for you tonight when I get in front of the system.




      •  
        mephyt

        Awesome, thanks!




        •  
          Sandy Bruce

          Sorry for the delay. The mounting rails on the outside of the case stop right as it gets to the 5.25 bays. So without some modification you will only be able to mount 2 140mm fans on the front intake. Unless you only use 2 screws and some other method to hold the top section of the 3rd fan in place. Using 2 on the outside and 3 on the inside isn’t that big of an issue. At least not to me as it will be covered and will go unnoticed by anyone that sees your system




          •  
            mephyt

            Cool. Seems like I could still use the mounting holes on the rad at that point with the addition of some type of thin silicone washer or similar to make up the space+reduce vibration for those last two screws on the top then. Thanks for the info, exactly what I needed to know.




            •  
              Sandy Bruce

              Good Idea. If you are not a member of the forum please register so you can share this when you install the fans and rad. I would love to see how it comes out. I love this case and still using it as it was shown in the review.





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