Ther­mal­take View 37

A case to show off your build­ing skills.

APC Australia - - Contents - ■ Alan Dex­ter

Where some man­u­fac­tur­ers fo­cus on pre­mium ma­te­ri­als or ever-smaller form fac­tors for their lat­est cases, Ther­mal­take has de­cided to pur­sue a dif­fer­ent course. Boast­ing a win­dowed, gull-wing side panel that curves around to cover the top of the case, this is a chas­sis that’s bril­liant at show­ing off the in­ter­nals of your pride and joy.

The gull-wing side panel is the main sell­ing point of this case, and its de­sign re­quires some care­ful con­sid­er­a­tions, be­cause you’re essen­tially los­ing the side brace from the top to make way for the per­spex panel. Strip the case down, and there’s ob­vi­ous flex­ing due to the shift in struc­tural in­tegrity. It isn’t as no­tice­able with the side pan­els present, but it’s there, and has forced Ther­mal­take to use a cor­ner brace to help keep the panel in place and the flex­ing to a min­i­mum. It also means that it isn’t the tool-free de­sign that it was orig­i­nally in­tended to be — you’ll need a screw­driver for the four screws hold­ing this brace in place.

Given there’s no room for a ra­di­a­tor — or, in­deed, any fans — in the top of the case, you’d be for­given for think­ing that this would limit the cool­ing op­tions avail­able to the View 37, but not so. There’s a large space to the right of the mother­board that can take any­thing up to a 420mm triple-fan ra­di­a­tor (that’s three 140mm fans), which mim­ics the op­tions for the front of the chas­sis. There are mount­ing holes for a sin­gle fan at the back of the case, along with space at the bot­tom in front of the PSU as well. In the box, you get a pair of Ther­mal­take Ri­ing 14 LED Blue fans to keep your sys­tem cool.

Speak­ing of fans, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to keep­ing the View 37 cool. For in­stance, you can mount up to three 140mm fans be­hind the front panel, or elect to go with more stan­dard 120mm fans in­stead. Ther­mal­take has also been keen to show off this case with a pair of 200mm RGB fans be­hind the front panel, which you can clearly see through that front per­spex piece to great ef­fect. If you’re look­ing for a fully pimped-out RGB sys­tem, there’s cer­tainly a lot to like here.

The case ships with a bracket to ver­ti­cally mount your graph­ics card, although you’ll need a PCIe ex­ten­der cable, which is sold sep­a­rately, to ac­tu­ally mount your graph­ics card this way. If you’re not us­ing this bracket, it’s easy to re­move. Given the theme of this case is show­ing off your ma­chine’s in­nards, it’s a shame the cable isn’t in­cluded with the case.

We found build­ing in­side the case a par­tic­u­larly pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence, as it has im­proved ac­cess com­pared to most other chas­sis. There are plenty of op­tions for drive mount­ing: there are four drive mount­ing brack­ets in the rear cham­ber that can hold four 3.5-inch drives or eight 2.5-inch drives; and the re­mov­able drive cage in front of the PSU can hold three 3.5-inch drives as well, giv­ing you plenty of scope for hefty stor­age builds. There are plenty of rout­ing holes for your ca­bling, too, and even though there’s no PSU shroud, we didn’t have a prob­lem keep­ing things tidy, due to the healthy amount of clear­ance in the rear sec­tion of the case.

The View 37 is worth con­sid­er­ing for any­one who val­ues the aes­thet­ics of a build. It lends it­self more to a cus­tom wa­ter-cool­ing loop than any­thing else, and ben­e­fits from a swath of LED light­ing, but it can pro­duce a stun­ning-look­ing ma­chine. It isn’t per­fect, the ma­te­ri­als aren’t bril­liant, and it’s a big ol’ case, but it has buck­ets of po­ten­tial.


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