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Thermaltake Urban S71 Case Review

 Thermaltake has never been one to shy away from innovation and their newest Urban S71 chassis design is just that!  Moving back to values of simplicity and elegance, Thermaltake has recreated the beauty of a minimalist design, yet with modern ideas such as the side windowed cover that open’s by hinge, vice removal of the panel.

S71 Front

The Thermaltake Urban S71 is a sleek, serious looking case. It has all the standard features you’d expect in a computer case, with a few great extra features that make it stand out.

S71 Side View 1

The front of the case is covered by a recessed door which stands out slightly in order for the front fan to have air flow. Behind the door are 3 5.25” drive bays for disc drives or other components of that size. Three of these bays use a tool-less mounting system, though you can screw the drives in securely from the right side of the case. The bottom 5.25” drive bay is actually a 3.5” drive bay for a flash card reader or floppy drive.

Internal Bays 1

Designed to hold a maximum of 5 internal HDD/SSDs, it uses removable trays to make installing such drives easier. While the manufacturer’s website states that it uses a tool-less design, you do in fact have to screw the hard drives or solid state drives into the removable trays.

S71 Internal Bays

The case has a built in hard drive dock on the top, just behind the power, reset, and fan buttons. The fan control buttons have a simple high or low setting, which light up with blue LEDs to indicate which mode is currently active.

S71 Top

Two massive 200mm fans on top and front keep this case cool. Being so large, they don’t need to spin all that fast, so even in high speed mode they are rather quiet. They each have a removable dust filter to prevent dust and debris from filling your case and interfering with cooling. The case also comes with a 120mm fan mounted on the rear of the case. Additionally, there is ample space and mounting solutions for liquid cooling systems.

Fan

The power supply mount is positioned at the bottom of the case, an increasingly popular configuration. Designed to mount with the power supply fan pointing down, it has a dust filter there as well.

Dust Filter

Throughout the case there are small anchors to help with cable management, they will fit zip ties or the included movable ties. There are also large holes for routing cables through the case without interfering with air flow, which have rubber grommets to protect the wiring.

Anchors

On initial observation we find several items within the box to include various screws, enough to completely fill the case with components, a power Supply adapter/splitter (P8 to P8 and P4), a power supply adapter (Molex to fan header), a PC beep speaker, 8 movable ties, manual and Warranty Policy. How does the case itself actually stack up? To find out, we assembled a mid-range gaming PC in the Thermaltake Urban S71 and used it for some time.

 Thermaltake has never been one to shy away from innovation and their newest Urban S71 chassis design is just that!  Moving back to values of simplicity and elegance, Thermaltake has recreated the beauty of a minimalist design, yet with modern ideas such as the side windowed cover that open's by hinge, vice removal of the panel. The Thermaltake Urban S71 is a sleek, serious looking case. It has all the standard features you’d expect in a computer case, with a few great extra features that make it stand out. The front of the case is covered by a recessed door…

Review Overview

Aesthetics
Build Quality
Included Features
Ease Of Assembly
Cooling

Great deal!

The Thermaltake Urban S71 chassis is a feature packed, high end case, at a mid range price.

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  • Alan Davidson

    Just one question, how and why did you put that old PATA optical drive in this beautiful new rig, and how pray tell did you hook it up?