Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review
OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.