Thermaltake Core X31 Case Overview
The Core X31 is a mid tower case, but you will notice it is a bit wider than most cases, you will see why in just a little bit. The case is all black, and currently that is the only color Thermaltake is offering it in, there is an RGB version that comes with Thermaltake’s own Riing RGB LED fans. All of the cases in the Core X Series have a very subtle look to them, they are not overly flashy.
Starting at the front of the case the panel is completely ventilated. This will allow great airflow into the case. Towards the top there are two 5.25-inch drive bays. Moving down to the bottom there is a small Thermaltake logo.
The front of the case easily pops off if you pull it from the bottom. With the front bezel off the case we can see that there are filters on the front of the case as well as behind the two 5.25-inch drive bays. These filters can only be removed if you take the front of the case off. At the front of the case there is an included 120 mm intake fan. You can fit two 120 mm / 140 mm fans or one 200 mm fan up front. As far as water cooling support you have room for radiators up to 360 mm.
Moving up to the top of the case you will find all of your connections and buttons. From left to right you have HD audio connections, reset button, hard drive activity LED, large power button, two USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports.
The rest of the top of the case is ventilated and covered by a large magnetic filter. Removing the filter you can see we have a lot of room for cooling. You can fit three 120 mm / 140 mm fans or a single 200 mm fan. Just like the front you have room for water cooling radiators up to 360 mm. You can also see that the cooling mounts are off-center, this makes sure you will have proper clearance over your motherboard.
The main side panel of the case has a very large window that will allow you to show off your hardware.
Moving around back we have our second cooling fan, which is a 120 mm fan. The back of the case supports 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The fan mount allows you to move the fan up or down depending on your CPU location and if you have a radiator installed in the top of the case. There are actually 8 expansion slots on this case, not the typical 7 we see with most mid towers. On each side panel there are thumbscrews, which make it easy to get in your system. These are the thumbscrews that stay on the case so you don’t have to worry about loosing them.
Looking at the bottom of the case there are four feet that will lift the case off the ground for proper airflow. There is also a large filter that extends the entire bottom of the case, it can be taken out to be cleaned from either the front or back of the case.