Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Chassis Review

Closer Look – Interior

Let’s move on to our interior photos of the Urban T81 chassis and see what we can find. Here’s as photo with the T81 suicide doors open. We also added a 2nd photo of the 1967 Lincoln Continental with its suicide doors open.

They were called suicide doors, because of you even opened the door while the car was moving it would either rip the door out of your hand, or possible pull you out of the car and onto the pavement.

Here’s a shot with left door open showing the interior of the TT Urban T81. Lifting the left door off its hinges allows you to completely remove it, giving you a larger working area for installing your system, the right door can be removed the same way.

Once both doors have been removed you can see how much space you have to work in, we also see both removable 5.25” bays as well as a total of eight removable HDD trays which hold both 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives. With the chassis being modular the whole drive system can be removed as shown in the second photo.

If you’re a water cooling enthusiasts it’s nice to know that the 5.25″ bays as well as the 8 HDD bays, and both 200mm front fans can be completely removed to make way for mounting up to a 420mm radiator plus enough room left over to mount a tubular reservoir and pump.

If you chose to mount a 360mm or 420mm radiator in the front section of the chassis, it’s nice to know that Thermaltake included what they call a flexible mounting bracket, shown in the photo below, and once again installed in the T81. You can mount either a 3.5″ or 2.5″ drive with this bracket.

Let’s take a look at the power supply bay area which can hold a PSU up to 10 inches long, however using a longer PSU will end up blocking off one cable routing holes. We found this out after installing a High Power 1600W PSU that was 9 ½ inches long so we replaced it with a smaller 1200W. In the photo below you can see the cable routing hole in question sitting next to the cables from the top front I/O panel.

Let’s take a look at the upper interior section of the Urban T81 chassis. Here you can mount a radiator of your choosing up to 420mm or if your into air cooling, remove the top panel and mount a second 200mm fan or three 120mm or even two 140mm fans. If we were into air cooling with would add a second 200mm fan, however for this review we will be adding custom water cooling to the TT Urban T81 chassis.

Our next photo shows a 140mm rear intake fan, there are also extra mounting holes in case you want to add a 120mm fan, or if you perfer, you could mount either a 120mm or 140mm radiator or a 120-140mm AIO cooling system.

Here’s a photo of the Urban T81 power supply bay, for our build, we originally had a 9 ½ 1600watt PSU mounted here, but unfortunately it blocked off one of the much needed cable routing holes. Changing over to a 1200 watt PSU we ended up with more than enough room for running cables for a Tri-Crossfire X set up.

Lets move on to the interior of the right side:

Here you can see the extra large cut away for installing a CPU cooler back plate. There are also a total of eight cable routing holes with rubber grommets, Thermaltake even added a rubber grommet om the cable routing hole for the 8 pin power cables for your motherboard.

Our next photo is a close up of the fan header panel which has a total of ten 3pin fan headers and one extra 3pin header middle bottom for adding power to the panel. It’s nice to see that Thermaltake secured the panel to the rear of the motherboard tray with two screws. A lot of companies have used Velcro, so Thermaltake chose to secure the panel the right way.

Let’s move on the building on the Urban T81 on the next page.



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