A Detailed Look from the Outside
The Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Window Mid-Tower case is made from a combination of steel, plastic, and rubber parts. The overall fit and finish of the case is very good and the case is painted black inside and out. The riveted steel chassis is light weight but rigid and the black matte powder coat finish matches the black plastic parts very well. The styling of the F31 is clean and elegant.
The hinged front door features a brushed aluminum face plate and is lined with sound absorption material on the inside. The door opens to the right and the hinges are not reversible. Opening the door exposes two external 5.25” drive bays, which are fitted with plastic covers. Behind the lower section of the front panel are locations for two 120mm or two 140mm intake fans. One 120mm fan comes pre-installed. There is also an easy to remove dust filter that pulls out when the front door is open.
An external I/O panel is located at the top of the Suppressor F31 case, just above the door for convenience, and contains:
• HD Audio jacks
• Reset, HDD indicator, and Power button
• (2) USB 3.0 ports
• (2) USB 2.0 ports
The front panel can be easily removed pulling out from the bottom. This gives a good look at the front intake fan area.
Both side panels are removable and secured with two thumb screws and two optional machine screws at the back.
The left side panel features a large acrylic window (instead of a sound dampening matt) to show off all your internal hardware. Alternately, if you purchase the F31 without a window, the left side panel is lined with sound dampening material and also provides an additional fan mounting location on the side.
The right side panel is covered with sound dampening foam. In practice, the side panels are very easy to take off and re-install and fit securely once in place.
The top of the Suppressor F31 enclosure is fitted with an easy to remove dust filter that is held in place with magnetic strips. The top features numerous mounting locations for optional fans and/or liquid cooling system radiators: (3) 120mm, or (3) 140mm, or (2) 200mm.
Looking at the rear of the enclosure reveals a typical ATX-tower style layout with the power supply mounted at the bottom. A 120mm exhaust fan comes pre-installed and there is an opening with a nice rubber grommet below the fan for routing external liquid-cooling hoses in and out of the chassis if desired.
All of the expansion card brackets contain ventilation slots to allow warm air to exhaust out the rear of the case and are secured with thumb screws.
Flipping the Suppressor F31 case upside down exposes four rubber feet and a large dust filter for the power supply air intake and optional 120mm/140mm fan locations. The filter slides out from the back or from the front so it can be easily removed and cleaned.