Thermaltake A700 Review

Introduction

Even though we are seeing a growing trend of miniature builds, there are still those systems that need space for the endless amount of drives, extra-large GPU’s, and the over the top water-cooling masterpieces. If this sounds like your next build, then Thermaltake might just have the case for you! Thermaltake’s new A700 features a huge footprint of 22.91 x 11.6 x 23.46 inches, supports various radiator sizes from 120mm to 420mm, has room for a total of 10 x 2.5” or 7 x 3.5” drives, features an all-steel chassis, and has a sleek aluminum design. Due to all these premium features and the fact that the A700 is a full-sized chassis, its MSRP is above the average of what most cases cost and sits at $299.

Thermaltake’s Take on The A700

Thermaltake A700 Aluminum Tempered Glass Edition full tower chassis features a sleek aluminum front panel, two 5mm tempered glass panels, and two preinstalled 140mm fans. It has a built-in power supply cover for clean and easy cable management and also supports up to a standard E-ATX motherboard. Accommodating the latest PC hardware including the most advanced graphic cards and air/liquid cooling solutions, the A700 Aluminum TG incorporates a vertical radiator & GPU mount, Patented Rotational PCI-E slots, and provides the support for 200mm fans. It is a perfect fit for users who are looking for a feature-rich, modern, and stylish chassis.

Features and Specifications

Technical Specifications:

P/NCA-1O2-00F9WN-00
SERIESA Series
MODELA700 TG
CASE TYPEFull Tower
DIMENSION (H X W X D)582 x 294 x 596 mm
(22.91 x 11.6 x 23.46 inch)
NET WEIGHT20.05 kg / 44.2 lbs
SIDE PANEL5mm Tempered Glass x 2(Left & Right)
COLORExterior & Interior : Black
MATERIALSPCC
COOLING SYSTEMRear (exhaust) :
140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
(1000rpm, 20dBA)
Front (intake) :
140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
(1000rpm, 20dBA)
DRIVE BAYS
·        ACCESSIBLE2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x 4 (HDD Rack)
·        HIDDEN2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3
EXPANSION SLOTS8
MOTHERBOARDS6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13“(E-ATX)
I/O PORTUSB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, Type-C x 1
PSUStandard PS2 PSU (optional)
FAN SUPPORTFront:
3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
Top:
3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
Rear:
1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
Bottom:
2 x 120mm
RADIATOR SUPPORTFront:
1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 360mm(For 200mm fan)
Top:
1 x 280mm, 1 x 360mm
Rear:
1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
Right:
1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm (AIO: 1 x360mm, 1 x 280mm)
Bottom:
1 x 240mm
CLEARANCECPU cooler height limitation: 200mm
VGA length limitation: 310mm(With HDD Rack)
          410mm(Without HDD Rack)
PSU length limitation: 220mm (Without Bottom Fan)

 

Packaging and Unboxing

Thermaltake’s A700 TG is packaged in an enormous black box with a top view of the case lit up with a halo glow.

Carefully spinning the case to its side, we see another photo of the A700 which showcases a white and black build. Below the photo is a table of the specifications. We see here that the dimensions of the A700 measures in at 23” x 11.6” x 23.1” (H x W x L) making it the biggest case we have worked with.

Moving over to the back side of the box is a bigger shot of the A700’s white and black build with the same halo effect we saw on the front.

Like most cases we have unboxed, the A700 is protected by 2 pieces of white foam with the case itself stored in a plastic bag. Stored in the lower-left piece of foam is a black box that contains the accessories for the case.

Emptying the contents of the accessory box reveals:

  • Zip-ties
  • Various case screws
  • Set of keys
  • 200mm fan stands
  • Buzzer
  • PSU strip stand
  • Extension cable

After removing the A700 from all of its packaging, all that’s left is to remove is the plastic wrap from the tempered glass panels before we start our build.

A Closer Look – Exterior

The first thing that caught our eye after unboxing the A700 was its gorgeous aluminum finish. The finish is a deep grey with a little sparkle which looks amazing. And, what we really love about this finish is that it doesn’t attract fingerprints at all. Looking at the front-side of the case we find a 5mm precision-cut tempered glass side panel which is attached to the A700 with two hinges found at the back. The tempered glass is cut in such a way that it allows for ventilation at both the front and top of the case. The door itself is kept in place by two neodymium magnets and for a little bit more security, a keyed lock at the front of the case. At first, we thought the lock was sort of a weird inclusion. That is, until we started moving the unit and had the door swing open on us. The doors on this case are so heavy that as we were rotating the case one of the doors was able to swing open just due to its sheer weight. So, from that point forward, we made sure to keep both doors locked when moving the case.

To cut down on the weight while working in the A700, both of the tempered glass doors can be removed from the chassis. To remove them all you have to do is open the door about ½ way and then lift it off the hinges.

Moving to the back-side of the A700 we see a mirrored image of the other side with the same 5mm tempered glass door.

Looking now at the front of the A700 is a seamless aluminum front panel that molds to both the top and bottom edge of the case. The front sports that wonderful deep grey finish throughout and the only mark on the panel itself is the Thermaltake logo at the very bottom. Another thing that might catch your eye is just how wide the A700 is. This case measures in at an impressive 11” which should give you tons of room to work with on the inside.

Flipping the A700 to the back, you have your normal I/O cutout, rear fan mount, and PSU cutout. One handy feature in the A700 is having a PCI bracket that can rotate to allow you to mount your PCIe hardware horizontal.

Placing the A700 front face down, we get a look at the bottom of the case. We find four feet that each have a rubberized pad for a non-slip grip when placed on our surface. In the center of the chassis is a removable dust filter which can be slid out from the front of the case.

Taking an even closer look, we can see that the same aluminum finish featured on the rest of the case is continuous to each foot of the A700.

Taking a peek at the top of the A700, we once again find that flawless finish with the cases I/O at the front of the case. The A700 I/O scanning from left to right consists of:

  • Reset button
  • 5mm headphone jack
  • 5mm microphone jack
  • HDD LED
  • Power button
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • USB Type-C port

A Closer Look – Interior

Now with the door off of the A700, let’s take a peek at its large interior. Inside the A700 we find an all-steel chassis with a matte black finish. At the left side of the case is the motherboard tray that is capable of holding a Mini ITX all the way up to an E-ATX (12” x 13”) motherboard. At the top-right of the motherboard tray are various cutouts to help keep your build looking nice and tidy. To the right of the motherboard tray are two HDD cages that can house 4 x 3.5/2.5” drives (2 in each). If you’re water cooling your build, you can unlock various mounting options for radiators (up to 420mm), AIO (up to 360mm), or reservoirs by removing these cages.

Looking at the inside base, we find a ½ PSU shroud with a Plexiglas window to showcase your installed PSU. Just above the shroud is the PCIe tray which can be used to vertically mount your graphics card if you choose to rotate the PCIe bracket at the back of the case. Also mounted to the top of the PSU shroud is a removal SSD mount which is great if you have one of those RGB SSD’s that are coming to market.

Moving to the back of the case there is a pre-installed 140mm non-RGB fan.

Toward the front of the A700 we find another 140mm preinstalled fan as well as a mounting bracket capable of installing up to a 420mm radiator and/or 3 x 140mm fans.

Looking at the roof of the case, we see some more mounting options for fans up to 3 x 140mm and radiators up to 360mm.

Flipping to the back of the A700 we find lots of tie-down points toward the center of the case which should help with cable management when using the 2 rubber grommets. Also included in the back of the case are 3 removable 3.5”/2.5” drive mounting brackets. Each bracket can hold 2 x 2.5” or a single 3.5” drive.

One of the most exciting things about the back of the A700 is the sheer amount of cable management room you have. This should make cable management and routing extremely easy.

System Build and Installation

The hardware included in this build consists of:

  • MSI X570 MEG ACE
  • Ryzen 3900X with Wraith Prism Cooler
  • 2 x 8GB TeamGroup Xtreem RGB 3600MHz DDR4 Memory
  • MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X
  • Corsair HX750i
  • Crucial P1000 M.2 Drive
  • 500GB TeamGroup Delta MAX

Seeing that I only did an air-cooled build, the A700 had more than enough room to work in. To create even more room in the case when installing the motherboard, I was able to remove PSU shroud via screws in the back of the chassis. With this amount of room and the available mounting options available, the A700 just screams for a water-cooling build with some beautiful hardline. For all my builds I like to try and keep it as clean as possible and the well-positioned cutouts in the A700 enabled me to achieve my goal. Looking at the PSU shroud, I do wish that Thermaltake would have included a black replacement cover for the Plexiglas window. In this build, the blue from the HX PSU doesn’t match the aesthetic so I would have much rather kept it hidden.

One feature I like was the mountable SSD option on the PSU shroud which helped me highlight the Delta MAX’s RGB front plate.

With the back also sporting a tempered glass door it’s a must to keep your cables looking clean. That was easily done with the good amount of tie-downs in the center of the case and cable routing options all around the motherboard tray. Being that the A700 is such a large case, there were a few wires that were on the shorter side which caused me to have to take less than ideal routes. If you want some cleaner runs, while at the same time enhancing the look of your build, installing a custom set of full-sleeved cables would do the trick and look amazing in the A700.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

From the moment I had the A700 sitting at the door, I was just amazed by the sheer size of the unit. This case is easily the biggest I have worked with and I must say, I loved having all this space. Building in the A700 was a dream and at no point during the build did a feel cramped. The front of the case held my Ryzen 3900x system with ease and still looked almost empty. To fill the A700 would require a fair bit of water-cooling gear which would be highlighted with the tempered glass doors.

Aesthetically, the A700 has everything going for it from the almost seamless deep grey aluminum finish to the two 5mm tempered glass hinged doors. This case just looks beautiful on a deck and will be sure to turn a few heads. If you are placing the A700 on your desk (as you should 😊) beware this case is extremely heavy especially with the tempered glass doors installed.

You may think that the A700 would be a little hard to handle due to its weight, but that wasn’t the case. Since both tempered glass doors can be removed by lifting them off the hinges, it makes the A700 much more manageable. I personally had no issue flipping the case back and forth as I was routing various cables from the back to the front.

Overall, I had a blast building in the A700 and I’m already thinking about a water-cooling build for it. If you’re looking for a case that looks amazing enough to turn some heads and one that has a ton of room for your gear, check out the A700 from Thermaltake.

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