Thermaltake CTE C700 Air Snow Full Tower PC Case Review

A Closer Look – Exterior

Without a doubt, this case is BIG, and it doesn’t matter if you choose the black or the white (Snow Edition) of it, it’s going to be pretty striking. It makes a big statement, with a tall and wide design that’s sure to dominate any space you place it in. That being said, make sure you have a big space, as under, next to or on your desk, it’s going to need plenty of room to strut its stuff. There’s a huge tempered glass window down the left side too, so you’ll want that visible to show off your hardware too.

On the right side, there is a large metal panel, which feels thick and robust, but it also has a lot of extra ventilation on it too, allowing for additional cooling, and this case is all about cooling! There’s cooling for the PSU too, which can draw air in from this side.

At the front, you can see there’s one of the largest front air intakes I’ve ever seen on a case, with extra height and most certainly extra width. Plus, the new metal front panel design has enlarged openings and a lot more of them, allowing for more airflow and less resistance for the front-mounted fans or radiators to work against.

However, rather than a traditional front-to-back airflow, the CTE draws air in at the front, back, sides, and bottom, and vents upwards. That means there’s room for even more fans and radiators in the rear of the case! You can better see here the dual-chamber design of the case too, with the PSU mounted on its side allowing it to fit behind the motherboard tray. There’s also a large grommet here for cable passthrough from the motherboard, rather than having them poke out the top of the case.

Up on the top, there’s yet another one of those huge ventilated panels, as if there wasn’t enough of them already! But as you have likely noticed by now, there’s no exposed rear I/O mount for the motherboard or your expansion cards! It’s all hidden under the top panel, which we’ll get to shortly. If you need even MORE cooling? The bottom of the case is fully mesh and filtered too, allowing for even more fans and radiators to be installed into the bottom of the case. Plus with dust filters on every intake and outlet, keeping this case clean should be a breeze.

The main I/O is located on the top too, with two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, which I think is a little on the short side for such a large case, but honestly, that should be enough ports for most people. There are HD Audio jacks, and the main power controls here too.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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