Introduction and Technical Specifications

The Core X9 case is Thermaltake’s entry into the extreme liquid-cooling arena, offering unparalleled configurability…


***Editor's Note*** – Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the Core X9, please understand that this initial review is meant as a detailed introduction into the capabilities and build strengths of the Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis. A deeper look into the advanced capabilities of this monstrous case will be explored in a soon to be released follow-up article. Stay tuned to PC Perspective for the follow-up.

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The Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis is one of the largest and most configurable they've developed. The case is roughly cube shaped with a steel and plastic construction. The height and depth of the unit allows the Core X9 to support up to quad-fan radiators mounted to its top or sides and up to a tri-fan radiator in front. At an MSRP of $169.99, the Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis features a competitive price in light of its size and configurability.

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The Core X9 case was designed to be fully modular, supporting a variety of build configurations to be able to adapt to the whatever build style the end user can dream up. The case comes with a variety of mounts for mounting fans or liquid cooling radiators to the top, side, or bottom of the case. Additionally, Thermaltake integrated three 5.25" device bays as well as two hard drive bays supporting up to three drives each. The chassis motherboard is removable as well for easy install of the motherboard into the system. The chassis itself can be easily segregated into upper and lower sections for controlling system and component heat flow if desired.

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Until you can acurately visually just how many radiators and fans that this case supports, you really don't have a feel for the immense size of the Core X9. From front to back, the case support 4 x 120mm fans or a 480mm radiator along either of its lower sides or in the dual top mounts. On top, you can actually mount a total of eight 120mm fans or dual 480mm radiators if you so choose. And that doesn't take into account the additional two 140mm fans that can be mounted in the upper and lower sections of the case's rear panel, nor the three 120mm fans, dual 200mm fans, or 360mm radiator that can be mounted to the case's front panel.

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In addition to its vast fan/radiator mounting space, the Core X9 control asembly and side panels are ambidextrous. The case has mount points on both the front left and front right to accommodate the case control panel with a blank panel included for the other side. Further, the included sides panels can be used on either side of the case, so that you can have the full sized window panel on the right side instead of the left if desired. Thermaltake also sells a variety of other panels with which to customize the case, including side panels with upper windows only.

Technical Specifications (taken from the Thermaltake website)

P/N CA-1D8-00F1WN-00
Case Type E-ATX Cube Case
(H x W x D)
502 x 380 x 640 mm
(19.8 x 15 x 25.2 inch)
Net Weight 17 kg / 37.5 lb
Side Panel Transparent Window
Color Exterior & Interior:
Material SPCC
Cooling System Front (intake):
200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (800rpm, 13dBA)

Rear (exhaust):
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm, 16dBA)
Drive Bays – Accessible:
3 x 5.25"

– Hidden:
6 x 3.5" or 2.5" (HDD Cage)
1 x 3.5", 2 x 2.5" (M/B Tray)
Expansion Slots 8
Motherboards 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX)
9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX)
12” x 9.6” (ATX)
12” x 13” (Extend ATX)
I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 4
HD Audio x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (optional)
Supports 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4” water tube
Fan Support Front:
3 x 120mm
2 x 140mm
2 x 200mm

8 x 120mm
6 x 140mm
2 x 200mm

2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm

3 x 120mm

Left / Right Side:
4 x 120mm
3 x 140mm
Radiator Support Front:
1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm

2 x 120mm or 2 x 240mm or 2 x 360mm or 2 x 480mm
2 x 140mm or 2 x 280mm or 2 x 420mm

1 x 120mm or or 1 x 140mm

Left / Right Side:
1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm or 1 x 480mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm

1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm or 1 x 480mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm
Clearance U cooler height limitation:

VGA length limitation:
400mm(with ODD cage)
590mm(without ODD cage)

PSU length limitation:
220mm (With Bottom Fan)
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