Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Manufacturer itself classifies its product to the class of “middle-towers” . However, it should be noted that in addition to the usual vertical mounting, the case can be placed horizontally or attach to the wall through VESA mounting.

The rest is more or less traditionally – Thermaltake Core P3 is designed to fit the motherboard form factor ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX.

Thermaltake Core P3: Packaging equipment

Despite the fact that the box is compact enough, it seems difficult. Its weight – 12.2 kg. It’s not much, but the relatively modest size rather unexpectedly. The package can not be called colorfully decorated. This box color “natural corrugated cardboard” with a monochrome print.

The box is not provided with notches at the ends, but “life hacking” using the handle of the adhesive tape has not been canceled.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Inside Thermaltake enclosure is packed in high-quality foam, and this is not the usual locks and a whole box, which completely covers the model.

I’m not a big fan of the foam, but to use in this case, claim to produce hard – it’s not as nasty crunching when unpacking, not crumbled and broken.

Unveil the veil of secrecy:

Before us is the basis of the case, wrapped in a plastic bag and hiding it under a set of parts for assembly. What a surprise, Thermaltake novelty comes fully understand!

Now take a closer look package. At the top left are two feet for vertical case, four steel pins for securing the cover made of acrylic glass, on the right – panel for expansion cards and a member for its vertical installation in the case of motherboards mini-ITX.

Below you can see the elements of the liquid cooling system and riser PCI Express. Below that is a bag with cogs, and above it – manual.

The list includes a handful of other accessories plastic cable ties, the speaker system on a short wiring, rubber feet for horizontal installation case, rubber gaskets for attaching hard drives 2.5 “and all necessary screws.

For curious readers will put a link to a user manual on the website of the manufacturer.

We now proceed to the study of the review of Thermaltake Core P3.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Thermaltake Core P3: Appearance and Design

We start as standard – with photos for the press:

The case looks very unusual – the main part, which set the motherboard and the other components, and four pins, to which is attached an acrylic box. Such an variation on the open bench.

The control unit is located on the front face of the main unit. It placed (top to bottom) The indicators of the system and hard drive activity, power button, two ports USB 3.0, two ports USB 2.0, headphone and microphone jack and emergency reset button.

In general, the control unit causes a very pleasant feeling.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Top panel blank.

The rear panel also solid.

The bottom of the case is not much different from the top and the back panel, but there can be seen the mounting holes for the legs (in the case of the system unit selection vertical orientation).

The side portion is a tray for mounting the motherboard and components.

The back side is notable for VESA mounting holes, through which the case can be hung on the wall. This requires fasteners, which are typically used for TVs and monitors.

And finally – the traditional compilation:

Now you can proceed to the description of the internal structure and assembly.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Thermaltake Core P3: Internal structure

Motherboard compartment located above the place for the power supply. Two large holes in a pallet provided with black silicone membranes are designed to facilitate wiring.

Plugs expansion slots are devoid of any screwless mounting system, but they are attached thumbscrews.

A large cutout in tray for CPU socket, should allow to install directly into the case, even CPU cooling system whose mount uses a backplate (thrust-pad, which is located to the back side of the motherboard).

The reverse side of the case in the open position:

In front there is a compartment for a 2.5 “drive. Inside the main unit, we see a couple of slides for hard disk 3.5” and a massive plate for fixing the case to the wall.

two black steel element provided in the lower part, reinforcing case for safe installation of support in the case of vertical placement.

The slide drives are fixed two plastic latches (pictured – left). It should be noted that they are provided with rubber dampers, designed to reduce the noise from the drive. In each slide can be installed on one disk 3.5 “or 2.5”.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

Thermaltake Core P3: Internal structure

According to the manufacturer’s specifications, Thermaltake Core P3 may accommodate very large components: video card up to 280 mm long (in the absence of a liquid cooling system – up to 472 mm), power supply up to 200 mm in length and CPU cooler up to 180mm.

Mainboard in Thermaltake Core P3 is set to the standard six-millimeter racks that do not advance in the tray screwed. Next, install the power supply with two frames of the set. It is also possible to install the PSU side, in the case of motherboard mini-ITX form factor.

Then put the plate for fastening expansion cards and graphics card. Now that all the components in place, it is necessary to deal with wires. A large opening for cable output tray and beautifully laid to any component of the system.

Runners with a hard drive have their place in the basket.

For VESA mounting plate can conveniently hide the unused wires.

Front side in terms of cable management looks good.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case

We had a very neat outdoor stand in an open horizontal version of it can be used in benchmarking or various kinds of computer show. I think the place where he is sure to find it.

And that system has acquired a finished look, install feet, they are fixed each on four screws, and then the steel studs and acrylic glass.

This system is assembled and ready for testing. Turn it on, and a closer look at the cooling system.

Thermaltake Core P3: Cooling system

The test case is in fact an open stand, a neatly decorated. Therefore, talking about it with, one can only mention the ability to install 280, 360 or 420mm radiator liquid cooling system.

Systems Option collected Thermaltake Core P3.

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case


Intel Core Quad Q6600 processor was overclocked to 3000 MHz by a modest increase bus frequency up to 333 MHz. However, his power was increased to 1.45 V. warms it using LinX 0.6.4 (4096 MB, twenty iterations), and cooled to a temperature in a simple stabilization (five minutes unchanged).

For CPU temperature monitoring replied RealTemp utility. In all cases, the graphs shows the temperature of the hot core.

Modifier RAM is set to “4: 5.” As a result, the memory was also overclocked to 833 MHz frequency without increasing the voltage.

To heat the graphics card used tool Furmark version 1.17.0 with the following settings:

Fixing performance GPU temperature and CO turbine rotational speed made by regular means Furmark. The cooling system of the accelerator operated in automatic mode.

The temperature in the room throughout the test was maintained in the range of 25-26 degrees Celsius.


To check the acoustic parameters of the system in the Thermaltake Core P3 and outdoor booth was run in quiet time. It measures the total noise emitted by the test system on the open stand and enclosure.

The measurements were made at a distance of 1.0 m from the front panel at a height of 50 cm from the plane on which you install the case.

Thermaltake Core P3: Test results


First check the noise level emitted by the system in the open stand and in the test case. With the system in terms of noise, collected in the case, it is fully consistent with the open stand. This is not surprising, given the design of Thermaltake Core P3.


The company Thermaltake has turned a very unusual case. In my opinion, he may well find its fans among enthusiasts, because the beauty of the component when you use it there is nothing to hide. The advantages and the ability to install we put in three positions, including the possibility of wall mounting.

Advantages Thermaltake Core P3:

  • High quality workmanship;
  • The unusual design;
  • Can be mounted on the wall;
  • A good system for organizing cables;
  • Four USB ports on the top panel;
  • Not a bad efficiency of the cooling system and its extensibility.

Disadvantages Thermaltake Core P3:

  • Components of the system unit will inevitably gather dust;
  • No room for additional system fans.

Source: thermaltake

Thermaltake Core P3 Review and test case was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby