Features and Packaging
Courtesy of Thermaltake
- Stackable for Enthusiasts
- Remarkable Expansion – install up to six data storage devices, a dual expansion slot VGA of up to 590mm in length, and a tower CPU cooler as high as 250mm
- Excellent Ventilation
- Chambers Concept – Core X9 is divided into two main chambers: the upper chamber is made for cooling performance and better efficiency, while the lower one is made for PSU and drive bays
- Fully Modular Design
- Interchangeable Window and I/O Panel
- Tt LCS Certified – best compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations to ensure you get the best performance from the best features and fitment
Packaging and Included Items
The Core X9 ships in a large rectagular box with a stylized profile of the case on its front and a fly-apart view of the case on its rear side. Also featured on the box front is a large and very noticeable Thermaltake Liquid Cooling System Certified (LCS) logo, so that you know that the case is meant to house all of your liquid cooling gear. The box is constructed of heavy duty cardboard to protect your valuable purchase from the elements and shipping mishaps.
Once the box is opened, it quickly becomes apparent why the box is rectangular – they ship the case sitting on its rear panel with the case front pointing up. No worries there though, because the case is sandwiched in between two massive vaccuum molded styrofoam inserts and covered in plastic to protect the case's outer surface and finish. The box and inserts are constructed to maintain case integrity even with a few bumps in shipping.
Thermaltake includes a detailed manual containing instructions on how to build and configure the case. While most of the information necessary is contained in the manual, there are a few instances where more details on how to use the side and bottom fan mount plates would have been helpful. However, you should be able to piece together all the information needed as long as this is not your first build.
Also included are a handfull of zip ties for cable management, a internal plug-in speaker module, a 5.25" vented plate for use with a fan mounted in the upper portion of the case front, and thumbscrews and hardware for stacking the case with a second. Note that there are three types of thumbscrews included with the case, so make sure to keep track of which thumbscrews go to what mount point when dissasembling and reassembling this beast. All included hardware is powder-coated black to match the case coloration.
Thermaltake includes a variety of screws to use for everything from hard disk and fan mounting to motherboard mounting. All screws were coated to match the case coloration, details that are not lost on the enthusiast consumers. The included motherboard stand-off tool has can be used in conjuction with a phillups head screw driver to easy insert or remove the motherboard stand-offs from the case.
The screws packaged in with the case include the following:
- 4 – #6-32 x 6mm hex-head screws -> used for power supply mounting
- 24 – M3 x 5mm round-head screws -> used for motherboard and 5.25" device mounting
- 10 – #6-32 x 5mm rounded flat-head screws -> used for 3.5" hard disk mounting
- 28 – M3 x 5mm flat-head screws -> used for 2.5" hard disk / ssd mounting
- 4 – 05 x 12mm flat-head screws -> used for case fan mounting
- 2 – #6-32 x 4mm flat-head thumb screws -> used for vertical radiator mounting (along the left / right lower sides of the case)
- 3 – #6-32 x 8.5mm thumb screws -> used for connecting stacked cases
- 2 – #6-32 x 5mm thumb screws -> used for connecting stacked cases
- 4 – #6-32 x 6mm standoffs -> used for motherboard tray mounts
To move air in through the lower front of the case, Thermaltake included an 11-finned 200mm fan, rated at 800RPM with a power draw of 0.42 Amps at 12V. The leading edge of each fan blade is feathered to disperse the airflow while pushing it through the fan, causing it to more evenly spread throughout the case. The fan was silent while operating, inaudible over the other case and radiator fans used.
For pushing air out through the rear of the case, Thermaltake included a 9-finned 120mm fan, rated at 1000 RPM with a power draw of 0.30 Amps at 12V. The fan fins are angle to better catch the airflow from inside the case and direct it out. Like the front 200mm fan, this fan was inaudible over the other case and radiator fans with the system powered.