The Thermaltake Tower 100 Mini is a new ITX chassis from Thermaltake with a completely different design. It places the motherboard along the back of the chassis, the GPU directly into the PCIe slot, the rear IO at the top under a cover, and a large ATX power supply in the basement. It’s larger than most ITX cases, but the glass on three sides gives it a different look that may be attractive to hardware enthusiasts.
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Thermaltake Tower 100
Thermaltake Tower 100 Mini
The Tower 100 is a new ITX chassis that features a completely different layout than conventional: it places the motherboard on the back wall, the GPU in the PCIe slot, the rear IO at the top of the chassis, and a large ATX power supply in the basement. It’s larger than most ITX cases, but the three glass surfaces on three sides make it a uniquely attractive case for those who want to display their equipment.
Thermaltake Tower 100 Build
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Thermaltake Tower 100 Review
If you have the space, this is a superb case. The build quality seems as good as you would expect for a computer case. Everything is there for a reason and you have lots of options. I’ve been using a Mac Pro for the last three years and grew tired of wires everywhere. This case was constructed for dual liquid coolers, and I have two Thermaltake Pacific 240 kits installed in it.
I was looking for a simple and clean design where wires are hard to find. This case seemed to be made for it; it does take up quite a bit of room, but if you tweak it and have the room, it doesn’t get any better than this. I was going to choose the black car, but we have a lot of dust and white is a bit easier to keep clean. The UV lights and coolant keep it super cool at night. It is not completely represented in the photos.
This chassis is designed to offer a lot of GPU room and compatibility. As a result, you can fit large GPUs up to 13 inches (330mm) in this chassis with ease, but it doesn’t offer a lot of CPU cooling potential.
The largest AIO that can fit in the room is a 120mm device, which is nothing. For gaming, this will work well, but if you are also running a very powerful Intel CPU and doing a lot of CPU-intensive tasks, you may want to look elsewhere.
Rear I/O Panel
We need to highlight one last point about Tower 100, which is the placement of the rear I/O panel. It’s a novel design, and Thermaltake chose to place the rear I/O panel in one of the least accessible configurations of any tower in recent memory.
Thermaltake places the I/O panel inside the case, underneath the top-most panel, rather than displaying it on the back of the case or somewhere else on the exterior for easy access. It makes the case look sharp and minimalist from all angles on the outside, but in a worst-case scenario, it is not included, You’ll need to snake the cables through cutouts in the rear of the case and bend them down to the ports.
Pros and Cons
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The 1,133 People Bought this Thermaltake Tower 100 Mini Tower and gave an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.
Thermaltake’s The Tower 100 chassis is, given its limitations, a surprising pleasure to build in. It’s not difficult to build in, offers a unique, fish tank-like look, and is capable of great thermal performance. It’s important to keep these limitations in mind because there’s only one layout. It’s a tad bit challenging to remove the side panels, as you’ll need to strip the screwdriver and undo a total of 12 screws to unresist the case.
The cooling potential is good on the GPU front but limited to a 120mm AIO for the CPU. Cable management is also a bit of an afterthought, and the power LED is too bright when seen from a straight-on angle. It’s also quite large for Mini-ITX cases, edging into Micro-ATX territory. But nothing is perfect in this world, and anything that comes close is usually very expensive.
The Tower 100 is a fairly affordable package that is well worth the $109 asking price, and if you’re not keen on the look, the Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 is also a good choice, as it offers similar fun but more customizability, and is also about the same price.
It came with case screws and extra parts for the side panel release mechanism (I think that’s what it is). It’s best with the thermatake reservoir and pumps combination; otherwise, you’ll have to develop a custom mount.,,
This case is beautiful, but it would be an absolute no-go without at least 2 5.25″ externally accessible drive bays for DVD/Bluray and no place to mount a USB 3.1 Gen 2 5.25 front panel. It’s almost like they designed everything and didn’t consider 5.25″ accessories or something.
How do I get the liquid coolant system?
EK or Thermaltake parts can be used to create your own custom loop, as a good portion of them are standard. With a bracket, EK pumps can be mounted on 120mm or 140mm fans; all radiators fit in the same 120/140/240/280/360/420mm slots. It is not easy to create a loop, but it is worth the effort. I strongly recommend using the EK configurator.
Can I use the nzxt z73 aio on this tower?
The Level 20 was designed solely for looks, and as a result requires a custom cooling loop to brute-force cool. I wouldn’t recommend this case to anyone. The Z63 is also the best choice for anyone using NZXT AIOs, because 280s perform to within one degree of 360s, so there is no need to spend the extra money and endure the added hassle of case fitting.
What are the dimensions?
(H-W-D)… 752 x 423 x 483mm.
29.6 x 16.7 x 19 inches.
Thermaltake Tower 100 Mini SPECS
|Series||The Tower 100 Black|
|Item model number||CA-1R3-00S1WN-00|
|Item Weight||16.65 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.47 x 10.47 x 18.22 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||10.47 x 10.47 x 18.22 inches|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Date First Available||January 11, 2021|
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