Page 1:Another Look At Elite ATX Cases
Page 2:CaseLabs Merlin SM08
Page 3:Inside The Merlin SM08
Page 4:Building With The Merlin SM08
Page 5:Corsair Graphite 760T
Page 6:Inside The Graphite 760T
Page 7:Building With The Graphite 760T
Page 8:Thermaltake Urban T81
Page 9:Inside The Urban T81
Page 10:Building With The Urban T81
Page 11:How We Tested The Elite ATX Cases
Page 12:Heat, Noise and Heat Vs. Noise
Page 13:Which Case Offers The Best Features And Quality?
Inside The Urban T81
A split door separately covers the motherboard and drive sections of the Urban T81. The rear door lifts off of its hinge pins in the same manner as today’s two other competitors. The front door’s screwed-on hinge appears to have a snap-away design, but our efforts to dismantle the hinge were fruitless (and undocumented in the user manual).
The side window is made of extremely hard plastic that resembles thin glass and even rings when struck. That hardness will likely make it scratch-resistant, though it could also reduce impact resistance.
Spinning the case around the other way, we find a convenient ten-fan hub for the built in controller. Conversely, we also find too little space to conveniently hold cables…without the help of that side panel extension shown on the previous page. This delayed our build process tremendously as I was forced to move wires towards the center of the tray and re-route them around each other so that none of the smaller cables passed over the largest one.
Filter removal aside, full access to front fans is only available after pulling off the front panel. Thermaltake's Urban T81 includes two 200 mm blowers, though its mounts are also designed to hold 120 and 140 mm parts.
All of the Urban T81’s drive cages are removable, as is the divider seen in front of the lower cages on the top photo. Cage removal allows the front to support triple-fan radiators at 120 or 140 mm, or dual-200 mm-fan radiators. The divider can be re-installed to hold a single fan plus one 3.5” hard drive and one 2.5" SSD.
Not interested in giving up all your storage bays? The Urban T81’s top panel supports those same radiator options. Alternatively, you could mount dual-fan radiators in both locations while leaving the top and bottom drive cages installed.
- Another Look At Elite ATX Cases
- CaseLabs Merlin SM08
- Inside The Merlin SM08
- Building With The Merlin SM08
- Corsair Graphite 760T
- Inside The Graphite 760T
- Building With The Graphite 760T
- Thermaltake Urban T81
- Inside The Urban T81
- Building With The Urban T81
- How We Tested The Elite ATX Cases
- Heat, Noise and Heat Vs. Noise
- Which Case Offers The Best Features And Quality?