Good things do come in small packages, such as the Thermaltake Core V1 here – it’s small, as in really small. It’s so small you could probably fit it in your hand-luggage.
Before we go into specifics of the Core V1, here’s the specs from the official product page.
With that settled, let’s have a closer look at this beauty. The window is on the top and the side panels are of hexagon mesh cut-out.
The unique part about the Core V1 is that all panels are interchangeable. This means if you can literally put the casing in any direction you wish, however since the POWER button has a fixed location and the ThermalTake emblem is of a fixed position it doesn’t quite make sense unless you don’t mind the awkward looks.
In any case, even in the default positioning it means that the Window can be on the sides or the top, the choice is yours. Need more windows? The side panel is available as an accessory, you just need to find someone that could bring them extras for you.
Let’s move on with the casing, this time we’ll have a look at the forward area of the casing. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to remove the front panel, not that it was lose or anything. It’s just easy to remove yet stays very well in tact. The Core V1 comes with 200mm fan by default but the position is off-center, this is to accommodate not only the control interface but also to have an opening that caters to long graphic cards.
At the back, 2x 80mm fan mount and 2x PCI-E slots, along with the usual cutout for motherboard’s I/O panel and the PSU.
This is the locking mechanism for PCI-E components, something that I’m very particular of when it comes to securing my goods.
The bottom view, nothing to describe.
On the next page we’ll haev a look at the interior of the Core V1.