Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look

The Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow is as much of a frame as it is a case. It is fitting that this belongs under the "Core" lineup, as it really does reduce everything down to the core of what a computer chassis is. As this comes in parts, we will be going about the review in a different way while still covering all of the necessary areas. From an appearance standpoint, the Core P3 TG Pro Snow fits the branding with mostly snow-white elements. Everything is given this white color with some black accents. This gives for more of a Stormtrooper vibe, although this is similar to what we saw with other Snow Edition cases we have seen. Just so you know, the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro comes in both black and white variants.

There are four pillars included with a chrome-like finish. These are used to provide a frame to hold the tempered glass. Most of the case is made with SPCC steel, with the aforementioned tempered glass side panel and metal pillars. We do still have some plastic on the case as well, primarily in the base of the Core P3 TG Pro. I do wish they used a more substantial material for the base as it seems a bit out of place, but the lighter weight makes the Core P3 TG Pro a bit easier to move around. Otherwise, I will reserve judgement for the appearance of the case until after we have fully assembled it.

Starting here, the full back pane is where most of your computer will mount onto. This metal panel opens from the other side, as we will see later, so users can also hide their extra cables. There are several slotted holes on the left side to install the expansion slots here in a typical horizontal fashion, but the Core P3 TG Pro also supports vertical orientation too. Obviously, that will require a riser cable and connector for the PCIe expansion slot, which is, unfortunately, not included out of the box. It is a bit strange to see this omission, especially since the original Core P3 included it.

Moving on, there are many routing holes on the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow, including ones at the top, around the motherboard, at the bottom for the power supply, and on the side. Only one side hole has a rubber grommet. I would have liked to see rubber grommets on the top ones too. At the front, we have a large intake area where users can mount different cooling options like fans or radiators to provide some airflow and cooling to the components. As you can see, this area accommodates up to three 120mm or 140mm fans, or radiator options of up to 360mm or 420mm in size.

Taking a closer look, you can see this enclosure will accommodate motherboards up to eATX size, which is quite large. Do keep in mind, if you install an extended ATX motherboard, you will cover over a portion of the side routing holes. I would also ensure you install the necessary risers in place, since none are installed out of the box. Underneath here, you can install a standard ATX power supply, either with the fan facing down or up, or on its side to expose the fan. If you do choose the latter option, you will be limited to mATX and smaller motherboards. Otherwise, the exposed routing holes are nicely rounded off to ensure users do not accidentally cut themselves or their cables on these holes.

The front edge is where all of the user-facing I/O exists. From top to bottom, we have two LED lights for power and drive activity, followed by a large circular power button. Underneath, we have two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a single USB Type-C port. Next, we have separate headphone and microphone 3.5mm audio jacks with a smaller circular reset button at the bottom. The number and selection of available inputs here are pretty standard.

Exposing the back of the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow is as easy as loosening six captive thumbscrews on the back panel and sliding it off. This reveals the depth of the panel, which provides up to 4.5cm of space for routing cables. All of the front connector cables can be found here and are wrapped in black sleeving. I would have liked to see the front I/O pins grouped together as a single header, but this is not the case here. You can also get a better look at the fan and radiator mounting rails. The back panel has an array of slots and a magnetic mesh to ensure this air is filtered from dust.

Behind the motherboard, we have a large opening to let users install third-party coolers with their own backplates without needing to take out the motherboard. A large black sled also provided here so users can install either two 3.5" or three 2.5" storage options, or a mix of one each. If you want to install more drives, Thermaltake has included two more drive sleds that fit on the front cooling rails. This does mean we have quite a few locations for place drives, which is great to see. Underneath the black drive sled, we have yet another bracket with multiple holes here. These are VESA mount holes and are useful if you want to wall mount your build.

As this case comes disassembled, there are several additional parts that you can take a look at. The two C-shape and thin rectangular brackets are used for mounting the power supply to the Core P3 TG Pro Snow, depending on the orientation of the PSU. Next, we have a large tray with an opening, so users can mount their expansion cards like graphics cards vertically. An additional white metal riser is included for this. Next, we have another rectangle tray with an oval cutout. This provides a place to mount reservoirs for custom water cooling. The four black rubber stubs on the right side allow for some feet to be installed on the back of the side panel, so users can sit the Core P3 TG Pro Snow on its side. Some more rubber cutouts are also here for dampening purposes when mounting drives. The black L-bracket is used as a graphics card support and is used to prop up any sagging cards. Finally, at the bottom, we have a large white tray with rails. This is yet another place for users to install cooling options, and you can install this large tray at the front or on the top. Once again, this can mount up to three 120mm or 140mm fans or radiators up to 360mm or 420mm in size.

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