Pure Overclock – Computer Hardware News, Reviews and More

 

Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review

6
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
Full Article
«

Conclusion

 

It has been a while since Thermaltake presented a chassis that was thought out as well as the Urban T81. Think of the Level 10 chassis, it was visually eccentric but everything was very intelligent and purposeful. That is something I found in the T81 as well but without the visual “What the hell is that?” factor found in the Level 10. Water cooling enthusiasts were obviously the driving force behind the design but it also allows for some of the best and biggest air cooling options around. All of this is made easier by having a modular drive cage system, large tray cut out and integrated fan controller.

DSCF0087

The double doors are something we don’t see in case designs today but I hope it remains in future ThermalTake designs. The large removable window allows you to view the visually pleasing section of your system while the solid door obscures HDD cages, pumps and radiators. I would like to see an optional PSU cover offered with the T81 or future cases based on this design. The amount and locations of the cable management options present in the T81 should be the standard going forward. The grommets and tie down points did wonders for keeping everything nice and organized. The rear cover is raised a bit to give you a bit more room for cabling; however, just a tad more would have gone a long way when it was time to put the rear cover back on. This system did require a lot of cabling but that should be expected when you design a monster chassis like the Urban T81.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

When all is said and done, Thermaltake did not disappoint in what can be considered their first new outing or a reintroduction into enthusiast class custom water cooling cases. There is a huge distinction between a compatible case compared to one explicitly designed for that purpose and we are starting to see more focus on features like tool-less removable cages, overall height and length for radiator support, integrated 10 fan controller, alternative drive mounts, pump/reservoir mounts or stands and 140mm fan support.

Classic air cooling is not going away anytime soon but with the advent of sealed loop coolers and custom water cooling getting easier, ThermalTake needs to keep focusing on the future of case design along with their recently announced water cooling parts ambitions to stay ahead of the curve. The T81 is just one of the many steps Thermaltake has planned for the enthusiast market, and a big step it was. Competitive pricing of $169.99 adds the final piece to earn the Urban T81 the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award.

editore_choice_white_bg

«


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.





Leave a Response


(required)

Find us on Google+