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Thermaltake’s Core G3 ATX chassis is slim and trim

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.

0 responses to “Thermaltake’s Core G3 ATX chassis is slim and trim

  1. I have been waiting for a company to come out with a case like this. You know, get rid of all of the drive cages and stuff from the front of the case. The only part they screwed up is the expansion slots. Should have kept the standard 7 ATX slots instead of the ribbon cable.

  2. Apart from the previously mentioned reservoir-on-PSU thing, and the mixed-metals-in-the-loop thing, and the colour-particles-get-trapped-in-high-flow-resistance-zones-and-further-increase-resistance thing, can anyone tell me what waterblock they’re using for the GPU?

    I’m hoping that they’ve designed a gap over the thin bridge of metal just above and left of the left hand fitting, between the metal and acrylic, otherwise it would seem that all of the flow would need to go via the VRM section – that’s hugely restrictive, at least from this angle

  3. Yep.

    No way. Not in a million years would I have anything filled with water placed directly over a power supply. No matter how spiffy looking they make it, unless they have a 100% perfect track record of leak-free water cooling systems, I wouldn’t even consider it… and I doubt any company can claim that.

  4. It might simply be me getting old, but when I see a reservoir standing on top of a PSU, I just can’t even.

  5. But there’s also space underneath the GPU’s rotated slots for an additional pair of rotated slots. I don’t have one to measure but it looks like you could fit in a couple of low profile cards without changing the size of the case very much or at all.

    Although it would complicate the riser cable(s) which may be another reason why they didn’t do it.

  6. Eh, I wouldn’t get this over the SG10. It has nearly the exact same volume (~22 liters) with almost none of the restrictions. You get all the Pcie slots on a mATX mobo, room for the biggest cooler you can find, a slim DVD slot, more fan space, more than 2 drive bays, and a full ATX PSU.

    I suppose there’s a niche if you want a side window or you don’t want to use an mATX mobo for reasons other than Pcie slot space.

  7. I read the title and was temporary optimistic that ditching the optical drive allowed Thermaltake to rotate the PSU and make this slim, so that you can fit it under a desk where you have cabinets or storage on both sides (not uncommon) without robbing too much legroom.


    It’s a stupid, badly thought-out case for showing off hardware. It wastes slots on anything other than mITX, it wastes space, it doesn’t have room for many drives and it unnecessarily uses an SFX PSU.

    Who in their right mind buys cheap, poorly-made Thermaltake plastic crap when they want to “show off”, anyway?

  8. They might as well have made it mITX since the GPU sits over top of all the expansion slots anyway. There aren’t any other expansion slots on the back except the two rotated ones for a dGPU. It’s got all the capability (except custom liquid cooling loop support) as the [url=<]Silverstone ML07[/url<] at almost twice the volume.

  9. I wonder if they will sell that cooling system separately (tubes and all). That’s slick looking.

  10. [quote<]Thermaltake created an enclosure that seems as well-suited to life in the living rooms as it does for the office[/quote<] Not without an optical bay, it's not.

  11. I find it a shame that they went for ATX Motherboard compatibility. If they’d restricted it to Micro ATX then they could have fit a couple of half height slots in below the GPU for wi-fi adapters and similar.

    But the way the GPU has been flipped over clearly points to this being a case for showing off. I think the logic was that a larger choice of motherboard appearances would sell more cases.