Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

Removing the side panels is a simple process. There are two captive thumbscrews keeping the tempered glass side panel on, while three keep the other side panel on. The glass panel of the Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow comes off easily, and there is a small white border on the panel giving you a place to hold it. The glass is not tinted, which makes it easy to see the inside of the case clearly.

The above picture provides a good overview of the inside of the case. The Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow can accommodate a wide range of motherboards, and the necessary standoffs are included to make installation easy. Rubber grommets to the right of the motherboard provide a clean look for any of the cables that need to be routed through them. The rest of the cable management openings do not have rubber grommets. Adding these in for the other cable routing openings would have completed a sleek clean look for cables and improve the user experience. Otherwise, the top of the case is another large intake area, which can hold up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. Similarly, it can support radiators of 240mm or 280mm in length. There is quite a bit of clearance above the motherboard, but with a radiator and fans, things will start to get a bit tighter in this area.

The seven expansion slots of the Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow are painted black, which provides a nice contrast to the rest of the case. Similarly, the Thermaltake logo on the CT140 140mm rear exhaust fan is also black, providing contrast. The rear exhaust fan's maximum speed is 1500RPM with a noise output of 30.5 dBA. The seven expansion slots can be easily removed or rearranged to install whatever components you have. There is a large motherboard cutout to make installing CPU coolers easier. This large open design is common for cases and provides effective airflow for the many different components that can be installed.

From this angle of the Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow, you get a better view of the power supply area, as it connects to the main motherboard area. The area is completely perforated, meaning air can freely pass between the power supply basement and the rest of the case. To the far left in the picture above, there is a small gap in the basement covering. This gap is to allow large radiators to be installed on the front panel of the case, increasing the versatility of cooling components.

The front of the Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow is fairly straightforward. Two large CT140 ARGB 140mm fans are installed from the manufacturer, which, like the front fans, can spin up to 1500RPM with a noise output of 30.5 dBA. These two fans should draw in large amounts of air to cool all the interior components. Likewise, up to a 360 mm radiator can be installed here. The Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow definitely provides a wide array of cooling options. But if one installs a radiator at the front, it does mean it impacts the GPU clearance. With a radiator installed, the GPU can be up to 340mm long, and without a radiator it can be up to 370mm long.

On the back of the Thermaltake Ceres 300 TG ARGB Snow, we find many different options for cable management and storage. There are two SSD mounts just below the motherboard cutout. One 3.5" drive can be installed to the left of the power supply. One large cable management route is found in almost the center of the case, and four Velcro straps are already installed. These provide excellent options for rerouting cables around the Ceres 300 TG ARGB. There are also a couple of metal loops found in different parts of the chassis to provide more options. The fan cables are tied up at the front of the case and are long enough to be routed wherever they are needed. A useful feature would have been a hub to power the ARGB LEDs and provide a central place for connecting all the fans. The Ceres 300 offers many cooling options, and some users may want add additional fans on top of what is included from the manufacturer. Providing in a fan hub would make controlling the fans and its ARGB LEDs a little easier.

In the back, there is about 30mm of space for cable management, which is much more room than usual. In the basement of the case, a power supply up to 220mm can be installed. Also, without a 3.5" drive bay located down here, there is more room for cables to be managed in this area. The storage could be considered limited depending on your storage needs. For myself, I found no issue, but some may want to install more drives than the provided bays.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion