Ther­mal­take View 71

Awe-in­spir­ing value

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech - PRICE $ 219 www.ther­mal­ BEN­NETT RING

At this year’s Com­pu­tex, there were more PC cases than you can shake a piece of tem­pered glass at, but there was one range that re­ally hit the mark with us. Ther­mal­take’s View se­ries uses tem­pered glass through­out, of­fers an ex­cel­lent lay­out, but most im­por­tantly is im­pos­si­bly cheap. Take this be­he­moth for ex­am­ple. Built al­most en­tirely from tem­pered glass, it’s just $219, half the price of com­pet­ing mod­els.

This case has more glass than a green­house, with tem­pered glass on the front, sides, and top. It’s not cheap thin glass ei­ther, with each piece mea­sur­ing a hefty 5mm thick, which is sub­stan­tially thicker than the com­pe­ti­tion and ac­counts for its weight of 19.1kg. This is a full­tower de­sign, and can fit an E­ATX moth­er­board if you need to do so.

Each side has a small 10mm gap be­tween it and the in­ter­nal SPCC Steel frame, al­low­ing for ex­cel­lent air flow through­out. Help­ing out is the in­clu­sion of three Ri­ing fans, which have some of the best RGB sup­port in the in­dus­try, and come pre­mounted in the front panel. Ac­cess­ing the in­te­rior couldn’t be any sim­pler, as each side frame is ac­tu­ally a door on hinges. Sim­ply un­screw the front two bolts and they open up like a car door. If you’d like to re­move them en­tirely, they slide up­wards out of the hinges. In fact, the en­tire case is mod­u­lar, so you can cus­tomise each and ev­ery com­po­nent to your heart’s de­sire – all with­out need­ing a sin­gle screw­driver thanks to the tool­less de­sign. There’s eight ex­pan­sion ports plus an­other two ver­ti­cal ones, more than enough for the most hard­ware in­ten­sive build.

Due to the size, there’s room for up to three ra­di­a­tors, which isn’t sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing cool­ing is a huge part of Ther­mal­take’s busi­ness. And we’re talk­ing big ra­di­a­tors­420mm in fact, show­ing just how big this tower is. There’s also room for ten fans if you feel the need to turn your PC into a he­li­copter.

One awe­some in­clu­sion is a ver­ti­cal GPU bracket, which stops to­day’s mon­strous graph­ics cards from warp­ing your moth­er­board. It’s in­cluded in for free, and places the graph­ics card up­right, rather than at a 90 de­gree an­gle off the moth­er­board. Con­sid­er­ing most other case mak­ers are charg­ing for this, it’s great to see Ther­mal­take chuck it in for free.

Tem­pered glass cases are be­com­ing ex­tremely pop­u­lar, and Ther­mal­take has ab­so­lutely de­mol­ished the com­pe­ti­tion with this beauty. Not only

the en­tire case is mod­u­lar, so you can cus­tomise each and ev­ery com­po­nent to your heart’s de­sire

is it ex­tremely easy to build into, it’s stun­ning. We’d ex­pect to pay twice the price for some­thing so big and yet so well built. The ex­tra thick­ness of the glass is a huge pro, mak­ing it that much more re­silient, and we love the free GPU bracket. Ku­dos to Ther­mal­take, the king of Tem­pered Glass Cases.

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