At Computex earlier this year, Thermaltake's Core G3 chassis caught our eye. By designing this slim ATX case to be usable in both horizontal and vertical orientations, Thermaltake created an enclosure that seems as well-suited to life in the living rooms as it does for the office.
The Core G3's slim size puts a few constraints on what hardware can fit inside of it. Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and ATX motherboards will all work, but the case does require an SFX PSU. It'll handle graphics cards up to 310 mm long, however. An included PCIe riser cable puts graphics cards parallel to the motherboard and shows them off under the case's large transparent side window. The case fits tower CPU coolers up to 110mm high, and can accommodate a 240mm radiator behind the front panel. The case has two drive bays for 3.5" or 2.5" drives, but has no place for an optical drive.
The Core G3 measures in at 17.9 x 5.5 x 14.6" (454 x 140 x 371 mm), making it 2-3 inches slimmer than the average ATX case. It's constructed of SPCC steel, and weighs 9.3 lbs (4.2kg). The case is currently only available in black. To ensure that the case would be functional on a shelf or entertainment system, Thermaltake placed the power switch, four USB ports, and the audio jacks on the Core G3's front panel.
Thermaltake informs us that the Core G3 is available today. As of this writing, it does have a listing on Amazon, but that site declares that the case is unavailable and doesn't list its price. The British online retailer Scan has the case up for pre-order, indicating that it should be available on August 31 for £70 (after value-added tax). At current exchange rates, that's about $92, putting the G3 right in the middle of the crowded and competive market for mid-range computer cases.
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