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Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis - Advanced Topics

Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Technical Specifications


In this follow-up discussion on Thermaltake's Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis, we look at advanced setup and configuration features, and just how much stuff you can cram into this massive case. For an in-depth overview of the case and a walk through of its features, please see our original review of the case here.

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The Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis is one of the largest and most configurable they've developed. The case is roughly cube shaped with a steel and plastic construction. The height and depth of the unit allows the Core X9 to support up to quad-fan radiators mounted to its top or sides and up to a tri-fan radiator in front. At an MSRP of $169.99, the Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis features a competitive price in light of its size and configurability.

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The Core X9 case was designed to be fully modular, supporting a variety of build configurations to be able to adapt to the whatever build style the end user can dream up. The case comes with a variety of mounts for mounting fans or liquid cooling radiators to the top, side, or bottom of the case. Until you can accurately visually just how many radiators and fans that this case supports, you really don't have a feel for the immense size of the Core X9. From front to back, the case support 4 x 120mm fans or a 480mm radiator along either of its lower sides or in the dual top mounts. On top, you can actually mount a total of eight 120mm fans or dual 480mm radiators if you so choose. And that doesn't take into account the additional two 140mm fans that can be mounted in the upper and lower sections of the case's rear panel, nor the three 120mm fans, dual 200mm fans, or 360mm radiator that can be mounted to the case's front panel.

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Core X9 Cube chassis!


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  • Stackable for Enthusiasts
  • Remarkable Expansion - install up to six data storage devices, a dual expansion slot VGA of up to 590mm in length, and a tower CPU cooler as high as 250mm
  • Excellent Ventilation
  • Chambers Concept - Core X9 is divided into two main chambers: the upper chamber is made for cooling performance and better efficiency, while the lower one is made for PSU and drive bays
  • Fully Modular Design
  • Interchangeable Window and I/O Panel
  • Tt LCS Certified - best compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations to ensure you get the best performance from the best features and fitment

Technical Specifications (taken from the Thermaltake website)

P/N CA-1D8-00F1WN-00
Case Type E-ATX Cube Case
(H x W x D)
502 x 380 x 640 mm
(19.8 x 15 x 25.2 inch)
Net Weight 17 kg / 37.5 lb
Side Panel Transparent Window
Color Exterior & Interior:
Material SPCC
Cooling System Front (intake):
200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (800rpm, 13dBA)

Rear (exhaust):
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm, 16dBA)

Drive Bays - Accessible:
3 x 5.25"

- Hidden:
6 x 3.5" or 2.5" (HDD Cage)
1 x 3.5", 2 x 2.5" (M/B Tray)

Expansion Slots 8
Motherboards 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX)
9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX)
12” x 9.6” (ATX)
12” x 13” (Extend ATX)
I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 4
HD Audio x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (optional)
Supports 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4” water tube
Fan Support Front:
3 x 120mm
2 x 140mm
2 x 200mm

8 x 120mm
6 x 140mm
2 x 200mm

2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm

3 x 120mm

Left / Right Side:
4 x 120mm
3 x 140mm

Radiator Support Front:
1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm

2 x 120mm or 2 x 240mm or 2 x 360mm or 2 x 480mm
2 x 140mm or 2 x 280mm or 2 x 420mm

1 x 120mm or or 1 x 140mm

Left / Right Side:
1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm or 1 x 480mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm

1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm or 1 x 480mm
1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm

Clearance U cooler height limitation:

VGA length limitation:
400mm(with ODD cage)
590mm(without ODD cage)

PSU length limitation:
220mm (With Bottom Fan)

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April 4, 2016 | 01:38 PM - Posted by Jmac (not verified)

I couldn't really get a sense of the massive scale for this case until I saw how tiny the DVD burner looks on the front panel. What an absolute beast!

April 4, 2016 | 02:07 PM - Posted by Gunbuster

That is huge. Should have the option to use it as a coffee or bedside table by mounting tempered glass on top.

April 5, 2016 | 12:58 AM - Posted by wujj123456

It can heat your coffee too, I suppose. :-)

April 4, 2016 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Please do one for the little brother V21.

April 5, 2016 | 02:43 AM - Posted by Hakuren

Sorry Morry, but you missed a point on one count. Most (all?) of problems with clunky tubing can be easily solved with X-Flow radiators. I understand you didn't have one on hand, but still IMHO it deserves a mention. At this moment in time I see no point in mixing PVC and PMMA/PETG - even for sample system ;).

April 5, 2016 | 06:10 AM - Posted by ExSan

can this host 2 mobs ?
I want in a single chasis windows and linux

April 5, 2016 | 09:55 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Not in its default configuration.  You would have to mod to to host multiple motherboards...

April 5, 2016 | 03:01 PM - Posted by ExSan

do you know an optimum chassis for my purpose ?
thanks in advance

April 5, 2016 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

you could try something like the Thermaltake Core X1 or Core X2 if you are planning to use mITX or mATX motherboards, both cases are stackable...

April 6, 2016 | 10:01 AM - Posted by skline00

Great case. I have 3 XSPC RX480 rads in mine!

April 6, 2016 | 10:04 AM - Posted by skline00

I ditched the HDD case and used the brackets on the right lower side for the 3rd 480 rad.

BTW, EXACT swivel casters can be purchased from Apollo Caster Co (online) where the metal brackets exactly line up with the holes in the floor. Cost me @$20 and the BEST purchase I made for a heavy WC system.

April 6, 2016 | 01:53 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Sounds like a nice build (3 x 480 rads that is).  Do you happen to know the exact name or product number of the casters you used for your build?

April 8, 2016 | 05:21 AM - Posted by skline00

Sure Morey:
4 ea. 40mm Twin-Wheel Caster with a Nylon tread, Top Plate connector, and Black finish (#68392) $6.68 per caster.

That part number is from their catalog. Took me awhile to find it but it matches perfectly.

May 13, 2016 | 10:13 AM - Posted by Matt (not verified)

I LOVE this build. I have this case with very similar parts. Will be switching to hard line tubing and adding a second card soon and with it another 65mm thick 360 Radiator. I love that you have one pulling down, mounted on bottom.

I've been back and forth on where to put it, have so many options...

Not sure why I didn't think of it but that's perfect...She's going to be so beautiful...I have one of those monstrous Radiators on top already and it holds the weight just fine and looks great.

Thank you so much for this build idea!

June 10, 2016 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Always glad to help out and share ideas.  I was really glad how well the top and bottom radiators lined up, especially since they are from two different manufacturers (Swiftech on top and XSPC on the bottom).  The straight up and down run gives it a really clean look.  Please share pics of your build, I'd love to see it.

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