A Look Inside
Taking a look inside the case we can see a very simple design. Thermaltake keeps this same internal design on all of their Core X Series cases. What’s great about the internal design is that it is modular, you can completely remove the 5.25-inch drive bays, the hard drive cage, and the PSU cover.
Starting at the front of the case we have the two 5.25-inch drive bays. These use a simple tool-less locking system. Not using optical drivers? Each one of these bays support either two 2.5-inch hard drives or a single 3.5-inch hard drive.
Moving down we have our hard drive cage. It has three plastic trays, which can be easily removed. Each tray supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. The hard drive cage can be completely removed from the system or you can move it up if you want. The bottom mounting plate can also be completely removed from the case.
Like most new cases the Core X31 has a power supply cover. One thing that I really like about the power supply cover is that it is rounded and not the typical square cover we see. On top of the cover are two 2.5-inch hard drive mounts. There are removable for easy installation. There is also a large cable routing hole towards the end of the cover.
The Core X31 supports ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. You can see there are quite a few different cable routing holes and many of them have the rubber inserts installed, these make sure you don’t damage your cables. There is a very large CPU cutout, which will allow you to install aftermarket CPU coolers without having to remove your motherboard from the case.
Taking the opposite side of the case off we can see how the rest of the case is laid out. There are actually three mounting points on the back of the case for hard drives. These mounts can be used with the hard drive trays that are in the hard drive cage. This is great if you want to install water cooling in the front part of the case, but still need room for 3.5-inch hard drives. There are multiple tie-down points on the back of the motherboard tray, which should make keeping all of your cables organized easy.
Talking about cable management there is about an inch and a half of space between the motherboard tray and the back side panel of the case. Compared to most cases you have about a half an inch more space. This will insure that you can route all of your cables behind the back of the case and this is the reason that the case is wider than other cases.