Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review

Thermaltake has designed what it calls a, "creation of modernism." The Urban T81 chassis looks to support excellent air cooling, excellent water cooling, with a fully modular interior design. While Thermaltake has produced some wacky looking cases in the past, the Urban T81 is not of that realm, but rather sports a very sleek and clean exterior look.


Today we are reviewing the Thermaltake Urban T81 enthusiast computer case.

Thermaltake is a company that needs no introductions. To be honest, the reason most of us know the name is because you've probably, at some point in the past decade, had one (or more) of its products installed your system. In the early days, the Thermaltake brand was synonymous with performance cooling but, over the last few years, it is hard to find a segment of the industry the company hasn't expanded into.

We have featured numerous product from Thermaltake in our product reviews over the years, everything from the company's cooling products and award winning power supplies to audio components and its uniquely distinctive computer cases.

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While still a relatively young company, established in 1999, Thermaltake is built on unwavering will and dedication to address issues and innovate at the same time for computer enthusiasts and corporate users worldwide.

With its comprehensive line of products available, it enables Thermaltake's core customers to enjoy a one-stop-shop experience, reduce product design-in evaluation period and most important of all, flawless integration process. Each of Thermaltake's strengths enables its customer to focus on their core business while taking advantage of the skills and efficiency of a single thermal management solution partner.

With strong support of Research & Development team standing behind the brand, Thermaltake is committed to never-follow but always-lead. Always striving to be the best, we continuously benchmark our performance against the very best internally and externally. Customers are our greatest asset and Thermaltake does not take that for granted. That is why Thermaltake is the industry leading in customer service and customer support with around-the-clock automated product return service.

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The subject of today's evaluation is the Thermaltake Urban T81, a full-tower case. The company website says "Beautifully architected, the T81 is engineered for one solid purpose: provide enthusiasts the ability to build the highest performing systems while remaining the appearance simple and elegant. It is not merely a PC chassis, more like a creation of modernism." Well I guess we'll see about that. Let's get down to business, shall we?

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Product Packaging

The Thermaltake Urban T81 full tower case arrived in its bare product packaging with a few dings, dents and holes in it. The overall package measurements are 26.5"H x 26"L x 12"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams.

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Breaking from company tradition, the Urban T81 lacks the flashy packaging and slick graphics, instead opting for plain cardboard packaging with an outline of the case, product information, name and company logo printed in all black. The case itself is wrapped in a black cloth bag and held in place by thick Styrofoam inserts.

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Although the packaging had a large hole in the top and showed signs it had been dropped or crushed, the case itself did not sustain any damage.

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