Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside
Since my review of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX back in 2015, I have enjoyed cases with door-like side panels. I know we have many different tool-free ways to open the side, including push buttons and latching clips, but the swinging door always feels the fanciest. Maybe we will one day get scissor or butterfly doors too, haha. Coming back to the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow, we have swinging doors that hold to the side with magnets. Since the enclosure is made as clean as possible, Thermaltake has provided some sort of handle on both sides to make it easier to pull open the doors. Looking at the glass panel, we have a metal handle near the front. Inside, we have several rubber pegs to ensure the hard glass does not bang against the steel enclosure. This glass has a metal frame with two hinges at the back that sit on two pegs. Similar to the EVOLV ATX, if you open up the side fully, you can slide the panel up to lift it off the hinge mechanism. The tempered glass is tinted to hide your build a bit, but you can still clearly see through the side, especially if you have illuminated elements inside. As for the right-side panel, we have a black ribbon that loops outward for users to open this up. This panel is framed with a bit of foam padding for protection and to reduce vibration here. Similar to the other side, you can also lift this panel off the hinges when swung open for easy access.
Peering inside the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow, we have a mostly white interior highlighted with black elements dispersed throughout. The interior is a mostly open concept case, with a single area where you can install your motherboard, graphics card, and storage. As we do have area in front of the motherboard for drive bays, the case will be a longer than some cases like the Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact. The bottom is separated off with a fixed power supply shroud, which holds another drive cage underneath. The shroud is open at the front where you may have cooling items installed, as well as at the side to show off your power supply. The shroud is also perforated so air can freely flow between the two regions.
Popping the front panel off is as easy as pulling on the bottom of the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow until it comes off. The front panel is held on with plastic pegs. Once it is removed, you can see the front area where users can install fans or radiators here. This includes up to three 120mm or 140mm fans, or a radiator up to 360mm in size. Out of the box, we get a single Thermaltake-labeled fan that is 3-pin voltage controlled. It is a bit of a shame to not see at least a PWM-controlled fan, but this is what we have. At the top, you might notice a small black printed circuit board with contact pads that connect to the front panel. This is used to power and control the addressable RGB lighting on the front panel, which exists behind the front strip of mesh. As mentioned on the previous page, you can also see the front mesh sides for further airflow. The mesh is not easily removable however, so cleaning this area will require a bit more work.
When we look at the main area of the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow, you can see the black standoffs standing out amongst the white interior. A large cutout exists on the motherboard tray for access to the underside. This is useful when installing third-party coolers after you have already installed your motherboard. At the top, we have slots to mount radiators or fans. The rails here can support three 120mm or two 140mm fans, or a radiator up to 360mm in size. One thing that I did appreciate was the amount of space above the case to accommodate thicker cooling components like radiators. There are some routing holes at the top of the case and they are folded over to prevent users from cutting themselves or their cables. At the back, we have another Thermaltake 120mm voltage-controlled fan. This is however a generic fan that is similar to ones found on the Thermaltake The Tower 100.
At the bottom of the case, we have the seven expansion slots down the back and a better picture of the shroud. There are even more routing holes on the shroud, which are necessary for front I/O and power cables, so it is great to see it here. One thing that is different from other cases is the inclusion of a graphics card support, that helps with propping up video cards. This is pretty neat to see, especially as it is built into the case with the screws in place. With how thick and heavy GPUs are nowadays, it is also a very helpful addition here. It can be adjusted in height and depth, so it should be able to fit most cards.
At the front of the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow, you can get a better picture of the intake area. Once again, you can see the single fan installed here, as well as the rails that you can install different cooling options to. Behind this are two pre-installed sleds that can be moved or removed, depending on how you want to install your drives. These two bays can fit either one 3.5" or 2.5" storage option and are padded with foam to reduce vibrations. You can see the seven different spots for mounting them to the case. I should note that you should be aware of where you place these metal bays, as they can interfere with top or front cooling, as well as the graphics card. Moving towards the back, you can see the black rubber grommets that cover the two main routing holes for cables.
The back of the Thermaltake H700 TG Snow is pretty standard with a large rectangular cutout. In the middle, we have a cluster of cables, most of which are front I/O cables. They are all held in this area with three Velcro straps to organize them better. These straps are attached to the case and can generally hold even bulkier cables like the 24-pin motherboard one. In terms of cabling space, there is approximately 2.4cm of space between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel, which is quite sufficient. One thing I did notice at the back is that some of these screw holes still have metal burrs on them. While they should not affect cables, they definitely scratched me a few times while working here, so I think Thermaltake should take a bit more care in ensuring the back has been polished off as much as possible.
Behind the motherboard, we have two more sleds at the back for 2.5" storage options. Under the power supply shroud, you can see we have a long and open area to install the PSU. In front, we have a single drive bay cage, which lets you store a single 3.5" or 2.5" option. If you need more space in the basement, you can remove the cage altogether. One neat thing about this bottom cage is the expanding mechanism it uses to mount the larger 3.5" drive, as it widens to go around the storage, and then shrinks back to secure it in place. At stock configuration, Thermaltake has provided users with places to install up to three 3.5" or five 2.5" drives maximum, which is honestly pretty great to see. With additional brackets, you could install even more, but this may limit your cooling and video card options, as we mentioned previously, and will have to be obtained separately.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion