I’ve never held much of an interest in PC towers. While it is true that some gamers with too much time on their hands and thousands of dollars to spare have concocted some pretty cool cases, most PC cases are large, ugly boxes that take up precious desktop real-estate. Plus, whenever anyone brings up the subject of computer casing, it reminds me of the rows of dusty brown DOS machines I’d play Oregon Trail on in elementary school.
That said, a PC’s exterior can be just as important as its interior: a quality case can help defend against dust, spills, and general wear and tear. Yet, as previously mentioned, a simple plastic box isn’t enough for those looking to really showcase their setup. Thermaltake, a company typically known for producing RGB power supplies and cooling systems, has recently announced its P90 chassis, the latest in a series of open, tempered glass-centric PC component housing solutions.
The keyword here is open—it’s almost more of a component mounting board than a chassis. In fact, the product is essentially two mounting boards, each covered by a piece of 5mm thick tempered glass. The P90 does appear to be an upgrade from previous products, however—the unit does a fair bit to differentiate itself from Thermaltake’s earlier P3 and P5 models while maintaining the manufacturer’s distinct look. While the previous units were relatively typical ATX open-frame chassis, the P90 features a triangular design, which, along with a unique visual appeal, allows for more configuration options. Users can freely construct their system from scratch with modular panels, racks, brackets, and pre-design mounting arrays. Plus, the design allows for a much more spaced-out approach, which means heat will dissipate faster and components will be able to perform optimally. What’s more is that the P90 can be wall-mounted, which affords those with limited space the option to keep their PC away from their desk. Of course, it also enables users to openly display their build instead of shoving it in a corner.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the P90’s design is its modular nature. Intensely configurable and easily accessible, owners of this chassis won’t have to worry about taking their rig apart if they want to change things around or perform maintenance. In addition, Thermaltake’s new unit seems to be very spacious for a mid-tower storage option—so much so that it allows for a 480mm DIY liquid cooling radiator fitment. Impressive, but perhaps a bit much to mount on a wall.
Though the open design of this unit may offer improved accessibility and ventilation, like many open-frame chassis, the P90 will definitely suffer from an excess of dust and foreign elements gumming up the works. While this is certainly a niche product for those likely willing to put up with the extra maintenance, this model won’t be something that can be let alone for weeks at a time. Not to mention the fact that this probably isn’t a pet or child-friendly unit.
I don’t believe there to be much debate surrounding Thermaltake’s P90 chassis—those interested in a tower that essentially doubles as a display case will probably be sold, and those who don’t much care about the “curb appeal” of their rigs will likely shy away. If you are earnestly searching for a way to show off your Geforce GTX 1080 without actually turning your computer on, you’re in luck, though the average consumer will likely stick to their simple plastic cases.
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