I was a big fan of the Core P5 chassis when it came out. As I said in the introduction of this review there really were not many cases that were made specifically to show off hardware in this way. The Core P5, while good, had some issues if you weren’t doing a fully custom watercooling loop. So Thermaltake decided to take customer feedback and now we have the Core P3. It is smaller, but still supports ATX motherboards, now we have support for all-in-one water cooling units and we can display and mount solid state drives much easier.
One thing that I really like about the Core P3 is that you have to put it together, so it is like a project. When you have it all put together you feel like you’ve accomplished something. I really wish Thermaltake would take some time provide better installation instructions though. For a case like this I think that it is needed, especially for novices and first-time builders.
Now don’t think that the Core P3 is for novice builders and the Core P5 is for advanced builders. The Core P3 still supports some pretty hefty water cooling, radiators up to 480 mm and there is even a pump / reservoir mount included.
For computer enthusiasts nothing is better than showing off your hardware and Thermaltake’s Core P3 is the perfect chassis for that. The chassis can be wall-mounted, made to be like a table, and stood up vertically. Right now you can pick up the Core P3 for $119.99 and Thermaltake will have a white or Snow Edition, which is $10 more. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake Core P5 a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Perfect to show off your hardware
– Can be wall mounted or made to act like a table
– Supports AiO’s
– Improved SSD mounting
– Pump / reservoir mount included
– Instructions could be better