As I said in the beginning of this review I am a huge fan of large cases because you can fit so much in them and the Thermaltake View 51 ARGB is no different! You have room for large graphics cards, E-ATX motherboards, up to 13 fans, and lots of watercooling! Lets talk about cooling first as this case is really designed for watercooling. The front, top, inside, and bottom of the case support 360 mm radiators and Thermaltake even includes a pump mount. Both the top and the front have removable cooling mounts which will make installing radiators and fans much easier. By default the case ships with two 200 mm intake fans and a rear 120 mm fan, which should be more than enough to get you started with cooling. The two 200 mm fans only run at 600 RPM so they are very quiet. One thing that was missing from both the top and front cooling mount was a filter.
The fans are ARGB and Thermaltake includes a hub / controller so you can easily switch colors and effects. They also include a cable to connect the hub to your motherboard if you wanted to control the RGB effects with your motherboard’s RGB software. The ARGB lighting looks great on this case, but I would suggest a few RGB strips if you wanted to light things up inside. The case features three 4mm-thick tempered glass panels (side, front, top) and they do a great job showing off the fans and your system. The main side panel easily comes off the case to make your installation much easier. Since we have glass panels on the top and front airflow is not amazing, but there is some ventilation.
Internally we have the vertical two compartment design, which we’ve seen on many other cases. For how large this case is I am surprised that it only supports a total of four hard drives out of the box. A case like Fractal Design’s Meshify 2 will support 9 out of the box. Another thing that was very obvious once we completed our build was that if you are not installing a ton of fans there is going to be a lot of dead space in the case. Again, this case is really designed for watercooling, but it seems Thermaltake does not offer a smaller case that has the vertical dual compartment design. They do offer their View 31 and View 37 cases, but these have a normal compartment layout where you are going to see your power supply and hard drive cages. I wish they offered something like Corsair’s 680X, with a dual compartment design where I could show off my system in the main compartment and hide everything else in the smaller compartment.
The View 51 TG ARGB can be found as low as $179.99 online, although the MSRP is $229.99. Both of those prices put the case in the more high-end spectrum of pricing. We do have to keep in mind that this case is a true full tower case, has three 4mm-thick tempered glass panels, three included ARGB fans, and a controller that is pre-wired to said fans. I think the price is fair, although the internal layout could use some work. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake View 51 TG ARGB Case an 8 out of 10 score.
– Lots of room inside for cooling
– Three ARGB fans included and pre-wired
– Two removable cooling brackets
– 4mm-thick tempered glass
– Supports motherboards up to E-ATX
– Vertical GPU mount and pump mount included
– Front USB 3.2 gen 2 Type-C
– Support for only 4 hard drives out of the box
– No dust filters on top or front cooling brackets
– Lots of dead space if you don’t install a lot of fans / watercooling
– No smaller option available from Thermaltake