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Thermaltake CTE C700 TG Mid Tower Case Review – PC Perspective

Thermaltake CTE C700 TG Mid Tower Case Review – PC Perspective

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Until then, I've been praising the CTE C700 TG a lot, and not without reason. Unfortunately, not everything is wonderful. Once again Thermaltake has presented us with a fairly large enclosure. This in itself is not the problem. The problem is that they gave us a large enclosure with poor space optimization. The CTE C700 TG is just as tall, and quite a bit wider than my personal favorite water cooling enclosure. With the CTE C700, if you're very careful and specific about the parts you choose, you can get two 420mm radiators, and a 240mm one at the bottom. In the case of what I am using as my personal rig, it is possible to fit two 480mm radiators as well as two 360mm radiators. Both cases retail for $179.99.

Also, examining the CTE C700 front panel mounted with a 360mm radiator, it becomes very clear that if Thermaltake had taken a little extra time to design the outer trim, and internal spine of the chassis, There would easily have been plenty of physical space. That it would have been possible to place two 360mm radiators side by side at the front. There is almost enough space to do this as is the case, so it could have been a few minor design adjustments that would have allowed this, and really increased the cooling capacity of this wall.

Also, the space at the top of the case, above the I/O, is very deep. There is a long top-to-bottom access for plugging in USB devices (especially stubby wireless dongles). It's clear that Thermaltake's idea was to hide any cables coming out of the top of the chassis. Unfortunately, this also means that the cables they decided to hide on the outside are actually visible inside the chassis. I/O plug-in USBs or display cables can be viewed through the side panel.

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