Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Assembly

The assembly process of the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow will vary depending on the components you plan on putting in the case or what you choose to install, but I will walk you through my process. As I had no plans to wall mount, the first thing I did was attach the wide plastic base to the back panel. This uses two screws and secures the two larger pieces together. Next, I mounted all of the four metal poles, with the bottom two sliding through the holes on the base. These are used to keep the tempered glass in place. The poles also screw into the back panel with large Phillips screws.

At the back, I took the expansion slots and installed it in place here. Once again, this attaches with three screws and is quite sturdy here. I would have liked to see a bracket without divisions between each slot for a cleaner look, but that would also affect its rigidity. If you want to install the slots vertically, you would need to use the other included brackets, as mentioned on the previous page.

The base of the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow is quite basic, with two screw holes at the bottom to connect to the back panel. There is a black base under the white plastic cover. Each corner is padded with rubber to prevent vibrations between the Core P3 TG Pro and the surface it sits on. Even though this base sits close to the ground, there is quite a bit of clearance between the rest of the components and the ground, as it elevates the rest of the case quite a bit higher. Otherwise, you can see peeking up over the top are two brackets, which are used to hold the tempered glass in place. Finally, it should be noted that there are no filters here at the bottom, so you should be aware of this as the power supply will probably be intaking air from this side.

After everything else, the 4mm thick tempered glass panel can be installed. Thermaltake includes rubber holes to line the tempered glass holes in order to prevent any metal part from coming into contact with the glass and lessening the chance for damage. Each thumbscrew has a rubber ring inserted to provide even more padding. As you can see, the tempered glass sits on the plastic lip at the bottom. However, if you remove all of the thumbscrews, the glass will fall out, so do take care while dealing with this side. The tempered glass itself is slightly tinted, but still light enough to observe all the components inside.

Fully assembled, the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow is clean and open. It is no surprise, as that is the intention of this case. It also should not shock you that this shares a resemblance to the Core P6 TG Snow in its skeleton, with the latter being larger and with more glass panels. However, our enclosure today is a bit more angled with hard, 90-degree angles in the corners. This makes the whole case feel compact and slimmed down from the P6.

In terms of measurements, the Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow has a height of 535mm, a width of 268mm, and a length of 500mm. It also weighs in at 12.5kg. This makes the P3 smaller than the P6 in all dimensions, other than the width, while also shaving more than 5kg off the total weight. Again, this is expected considering the fewer number of glass panels.

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