Thermaltake A31 Chassis Review




/ 8 years ago

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Out of the box we see that the left side of the chassis features a raised section and a huge side panel window, this provides a little extra room within the chassis as well as a great view of the chassis interior.

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Along the front we have this fantastic “bay” look, where each section of the front panel appears to be a 5.25″ bay, of course, that isn’t the case and only the top three 5.25″ bays are actually usable by drives and devices. Either way, it provides a really uniform and stylish look to the chassis and that blue trim really does look great, adding a classy touch of colour to the front of the chassis.
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The top I/O panel features a large custom design power button, the HDD LED and the reset switch, each set into a single recess section that gives them a seperated appearance from the rest of the panel. Further to the right we have microphone and headphones jacks, as well as a pair of high speed USB 3.0 ports. That’s quite a small number of USB ports for a chassis of this price, but at least they’re high speed.

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Behind the front panel we see that the 5.25″ covers are each fitted with a tiny bit of removable mesh, which roughly translates as a royal pain in the butt to clean when it comes to maintaining any dust build up on your chassis. Although Thermaltake have provided a good quality 120mm fan on the front intake and there is room for a 2nd, as well as a tailored cable management cut-out for the front fans, both of which are welcome features.

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The right side panel features the same raised section as the left side, albeit without the windowed section. This raised section will alow us a little more room for cable management behind the motherboard and more space is always a bonus in this area as it can make the build process a whole lot easier.

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The top panel features a large ventilated section that is compatible with 120/140mm fans, up to a thickness of 25mm. It also features a raised section in the middle which keeps in style with the raised section of the left and right side panels. further to the front we have a plastic, but ridged area, this is can act as a handy area to store your USB drives, controllers, etc.

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Around the back of the chassis we find a small screwed panel that can be used for a locking mechanism, a 120mm exhaust fan, 7 ventilated PCI slot covers, two cable/water routing holes, a small ventilated section and finally a bottom mounted PSU cut-out. Nothing extensive, but certainly all the major features you would need for a modern gaming system.

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The underside of the chassis features four very large and durable plastic moulded supports, these provide excellent ground clearance that should allow for a lot of airflow to the 2/3 length air filter.

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The air filter is easily slid out from the back of the chassis and provides a clean airflow to the bottom PSU air intake as well as the bottom-center  internal 120mm fan mounting (fan not included).

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