The theme of the Windows is now in the list of priorities of many manufacturers housings. In particular, we can note the transition from acrylic Windows with real glass. Thermaltake remains committed to the acrylic, but with a new body Thermaltake View 27, it decided to add an innovation: the window is not just occupies a portion of the top panel, but goes on the cover. As a result, through the window you can enjoy the view components from different perspectives. In our test laboratory has received a new building. Note and very attractive price, the ATX models.
Without the original case View window 27 can be called ordinary high tower. In case you can install a typical system with ATX long graphics cards. The rejection of external drives can also be called is to be expected. As a result, the front panel is released more space. Thermaltake used it to install the fixtures three 120-mm fans. Proponents of water-cooling can install a powerful 360-mm front heat exchanger. But in the regular case the only pre-installed 120mm fan in the back.
Of course, first have Thermaltake View 27 draws attention to the window. It occupies a large part of the left pane and a significant part of the cover. Through the corner window “Gull Wing” (named for the curved gull-wing) you can enjoy different angles on the segment of the motherboard. Thermaltake positioned the window so that key components such as the motherboard and graphics card remained the focus of attention, and the power supply, the drives and the cables were hidden. Special attention deserves the price of the case Midi Tower. Thermaltake is asking for Thermaltake View 27 66,90 EUR.
The package is consistent with the price of housing. You will receive installation accessories, user manual and four black cable tightening.
The choice of materials is to be expected for this class of prices. Thermaltake combines steel with plastic. At first glance it seems that the front panel is made of black glossy plastic. Only if you look closely, it becomes evident that it is transparent. Therefore, such panel will be interested to experiment with lighting, for example, to install the front fan with LED.
So as not to violate uniform appearance of the front panel, Thermaltake has closed part of the port plugs. If you plan to use any of the three USB ports (including one USB 3.0) ports or audio, you must first remove the corresponding stub. Right and left of the interfaces are the power button and reset. As for the cover, the installation of the Windows has led to its compromise, for fans of the place just left.
Corner window allows you to enjoy the appearance of components not only laterally but also from above.
The right panel is continuous, without bumps. The back also there is nothing interesting. The ATX power supply is installed in the housing 27 from the bottom View, the motherboard – to the right panel. The only preset fan located on the rear panel. Namely the 120-mm model, which is powered by a 3 pin plug and runs on 12V with reasonable speed 1.000 rpm. the Only thing that attracts the attention of rear slots expansion cards. In addition to the eight horizontal slots manufacturer has provided two vertical.
The case Thermaltake View 27 is mounted on two plastic skids with four rubber pads. Under the discharge vent of the PSU dust filter is provided, which goes back to clean.
To remove corner side panel is no more complicated than usual. Except that it is secured with four thumb screws, not two. But otherwise the panel is installed and removed as normal. On the side of the plastic front panel you can see a large number of vent holes. They provide fresh air for the front fans because Thermaltake have made a solid front panel.
To see through panoramic window, a good view, Thermaltake have thought carefully about the interior of the housing. Through the window you will not see any stand drives, no power supply. Only a segment of the motherboard, that is plenty of space for long graphics cards. But in the segment, there are three mounts for 2.5-inch drives. If required, they can be screwed to the motherboard tray. Between the two segments of the case to improve ventilation with the optional 120mm fan on the dividing wall.
For graphics cards or other expansion cards will have to use the screwdriver. It is a pity that Thermaltake did not provide a non solution.
From the free segment of the motherboard wins and ventilation. Air flow (optional) front fan will not impede the reception of the drives. Front fans installed large dust filter. But to remove it to clean out only after removing the plastic front panel. At first glance, the installation of 360 mm front heat exchanger is not possible due to the partition between the two segments. But Thermaltake have thought of everything and is a part of the partition can be unscrewed and removed. In this case, the radiator will go in the lower segment. Together with fans, the heat exchanger can take up to 7.5 cm space. Also, be aware that the radiator restricts the available space for expansion cards.
Behind the motherboard tray available, the fourth mount for 2.5-inch drives. There are holes for cables and for mounting back plate of the CPU cooler. But Thermaltake have saved on cable fixings and plugs the holes.
In the lower segment of the installed drives and the ATX power supply. The latter is placed on four little rubber feet, and then screwed to the rear panel. According to Thermaltake, the maximum length is 18 cm Because the side stand drives are mounted with screws instead of rivets, they can be removed, then install a longer power supply.
Rack drives are inserted two plastic tray. 3.5-inch hard drives are simply placed in the trays, but 2.5″ SSD/HDD will have to tie the bottom of the tray. Vibration isolation disks are not provided. But Thermaltake decided to isolate the whole rack drives with rubber rings. Smart idea, because usually in combo stands are isolated only 3.5-inch hard drives, but no 2.5″ HDD.
Graphics in the housing 27 View additional options. Thermaltake offers an optional riser card PCIe 3.0. The body just has two vertical slots, paired with a riser card you can mount the card vertically, allowing you to enjoy its appearance through the window.
In a gaming computer the graphics card is often the most expensive component, but usually through the side window and see only the end of the graphics card. Fortunately, in the case of Thermaltake View 27 all can be done differently. If you buy riser card, the video card can be installed vertically. And if you insert the riser card into one of the lower PCIe slots, it will be possible to use the horizontal slots. As for the vertical slots, the cooler should not exceed the thickness of the two slots. Passive cooler for our graphics card, for example, barely fit.
To install the components into the housing 27 View easy. Then you will be able to enjoy the appearance of the motherboard, CPU cooler, video card and even an SSD.
To measure the maximum CPU temperature, we used the free test utility Prime95, which load the system by 30 minutes. We chose the Small FFT load, which ensures maximum heat dissipation, then recorded the maximum core temperature by using the system utility Lavalys Everest. We put the temperature for the individual cores, then divided them by the number of cores. At the same time we loaded the card demanding test Furmark.
The evaluation mode of the temperatures in idle mode (idle system) is not nearly as interesting as manufacturers of processors and graphics cards have long implemented very good mechanisms for energy saving. For example, processor core reduce the operating voltage and frequency in case of inactivity. Therefore, the heat dissipation of components is greatly reduced.
Thermaltake View 27 delivers with only one pre-installed 120 mm fan. It is located on the rear panel and works with reasonable speed 1.000 rpm. With that said, the cooling performance is quite acceptable. Semi-passive CPU cooler cools the CPU below 60 degrees. Graphics card heat up a little stronger, but it is associated mainly with vertical orientation of the passive cooler. Overall, the staffing configuration for the cooling of a conventional system is sufficient. But if necessary, it can be significantly enhanced by installing three more in front of the fan.
For noise measurements we used a sound level meter Voltcraft SL-400, which is located at a distance of 20 cm from the front of the case.
The fan on the rear panel works with a moderate rate of speed, but his work was clearly audible. Noise case takes a middle position in the ranking.
We measured the maximum height of the CPU and the maximum length of the graphics card using a ruler and the distance between the motherboard tray and the side panel. To measure the thickness of the walls we used a micrometer. We also took into account data published by the manufacturer. Of course, we made some measurement errors. For this reason, we recommend that you consider the following values only for the comparative assessment, and not take them as ultimate truth.
Officially Thermaltake specifies the maximum height CPU cooler 15.5 cm. But we were able to test fit a Scythe Yasya with a height of 15.9 cm, our measurements showed the maximum height of cooler is about 16 cm But the available space may vary slightly depending on the motherboard, socket and CPU. On the chart we decided to specify the manufacturer’s specifications to insure.
If we abandon the front fans, you can install graphics cards up to 41 cm In the market of consumer graphics cards with such a length, so even with long video cards you can install front fans or even heat exchanger SVO. Even the largest water cooling system radiators will not interfere with the installation of long graphics cards in the enclosure Thermaltake View 27.
A relatively narrow body gives not much room for the CPU cooler, the same goes for the area behind the motherboard tray for routing cables. Here we get only 2 cm, at best, average. But this space is enough for laying the cables unless I have to be more careful.
The thickness of the steel panels was about 0.65 mm, which is not surprising given the price of housing.
Many competitors are switching from acrylic Windows on the glass, but Thermaltake just decided to change the shape of the window. Panoramic window not only captures more of the sidebar, but goes on the cover. Allowing you to enjoy the appearance of components at different angles. A similar effect is produced by other manufacturers, but they use several Windows (for example, Lian Li PC case with O10), corner Windows, we have not yet met. Of course, a glass window looks more noble and not so easily scratched, but it is more fragile and expensive.
The price is another pleasant aspect of the case View is 27 – he is not worth 70 euros. The housing may offer other advantages in addition to the large panoramic Windows. The front panel is made of tinted transparent acrylic, it can install fans with lights that will attract attention. The interior of the housing with the two segments laid out in such a way that the user saw through the window only a neat segment of the motherboard. Thermaltake has consistently refused from the old traditions. In case there is no possibility to install external drives, and the number of 3.5″ hard drives is limited to two. But you can install up to six 2.5″ HDD. Tower coolers are still relevant, in spite of the proliferation of ITS closed loop. The case can fit the cooler height, high, 15,5 cm, which somewhat limits the choice. But the length of the graphics card there are practically no restrictions.
The cooling system has strong and weak sides. For the price Thermaltake View 27 the ability to install a 360 mm front heat exchanger seems to be a significant advantage. But all the fan mounts is limited by the format is 120 mm because Of the corner Windows will have to abandon the installation of fans under the case cover. Regular Thermaltake has installed only one fan with a maximum rotational speed of 1,000 rpm, so the cooling performance does not hold the record. In the case of using the powerful configurations that produce a large amount of heat, it may make sense to enhance the cooling subsystem, the chance Thermaltake View 27 is provided.
On the market there are no buildings that could be directly compared with Thermaltake View 27. Compared to a conventional flat side window corner option does give more angles, components inside the case can be seen better. However, the case with glass panels look more noble, but price range is different. If the corner window you are not interested, then the price Thermaltake View 27, you can find more housing with fewer restrictions. For example, Fractal Design Define S provides the ability to install 140 mm fans and also allows you to fit tall tower coolers. For cooling the case of the Swedish manufacturer is also a better fit because it includes mounts for installation of pump and reservoir.
If you need a Midi Tower case with a special picture window at a reasonable price, Thermaltake View 27 you should pay attention.