Thermaltake Core P5 Wall-Mountable Case Review: Stands out in a crowded market

By Steve
Nov 10, 2015
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  1. Creating something unique in a flooded market is no easy task and yet there were many examples last year when it comes to PC cases. Lian Li's wall-mountable PC-O5S was practically a piece of art, being constructed from aluminum and a large tempered glass panel to show off the hardware inside.

    This case was of excellent build quality and design inside and out. The PC-O5S's only downside was its asking price of almost $300. If you love the idea of a wall-mountable PC but don't want to spend more on your case than any other part, perhaps Thermaltake's latest creation is for you.

    Priced at just $150, the new Thermaltake Core P5 seems affordable for what it is. It's comparable to the Lian Li PC-O7S in terms of size, but the Core P5 is twice as thick, which makes it more like hanging a traditional computer case on the wall. The Core P5 is intended to be used with custom liquid-cooling systems and its modular design affords the flexibility of building horizontal or vertical.

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  2. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Fun little monster. But definietly not for flats in dusty environments... ;)
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Basically an extended conventional WTX/SWTX open bench test stand with integrated switch block/I/O (rather than add-in module) stood up on end....but about 2-3 times the price.

    Concur about the acrylic sheet. Tempered glass would be a classier touch (and easier to clean).
    Tt's water cooling hasn't evolved too far by the looks of it - still using aluminium radiators.
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  4. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Rookie Posts: 28   +11

    I bet it'll look great with all those cables hanging from it...
  5. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +70

    There's no denying the fact that it looks good, but it won't for very long when the dust starts sticking to everything. Open cases like this are dust-magnets. I prefer a closed case with lots of filters.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    Sorry if this is an obvious question, but what cables? Do you mean the peripheral cables? If you wall mount it those all go in the wall.

    I have cleaned 10 year old system with 10mm of dust over everything in less than a minute with a compressor. It's not hard work ;)

    Here are some custom wall mount examples...
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  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 792   +216

    Is that SIX computers in the second picture? I seem to see 6 motherboards in there or am I seeing things?
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,320   +262

    Probably yes. If you look between the rather dinky monitor (compared to that "case" lol) and the keyboard stand, there's a rackmount KVM switch flush mounted to the wall.
  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    Yes, it is a rendering farm.
  10. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +70

    Yeah, OK... that looks pretty sweet. I'm still sticking with dust filter, though. There's always that thin layer of fine dust sticking to everything like a gray coat of paint, and I haven't seen a compressor yet that gets rid of that (safely). ;)
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    That last layer of dust that is saturated with oils (plant, human body, pet) is pretty obstinate. The most effective way to remove it I have found is using a very soft knead eraser (the kind you use to insulate components when using sub-zero cooling) and isopropyl alcohol. Very time consuming though, and obviously isn't very effective in some instances like dense cooling fin arrangements like CPU/GPU coolers.
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  12. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +70

    I've looked into anti-static brushes, but I'm not sure I wanna risk it. I haven't heard of this approach before, so thanks for mentioning it. I'll be sure to check it out.
  13. Rufus

    Rufus TS Rookie

    Don't the hdds in the 3 hidden bays get very hot? no airflow from the pics I see or did I miss something? Or are they isolated from the rest of the heat of the case so stay just fine despite workloads? Any insight?

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