Thermaltake Core G21 & View 21 Glass Edition Cases

This is a two-for-one review: Thermaltake's Core 21 and View 21 Tempered Glass Edition cases are identical aside from the front panel. Both cases feature tempered glass panels that show off your build, and we'll find out what difference the drastically different front panel designs have on case performance.

Introduction

Today we have a two-for-one review of both Thermaltake's Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower Chassis ($70 at Amazon and Newegg) and Thermaltake's View 21 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower Chassis ($70 at Amazon and Newegg). These cases are identical aside from the front panel, which is very different between the two cases. The Core G21's front panel is matte black, finely-meshed plastic while the View 21's front panel is glossy smoked or darkened translucent plastic.

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This contrast naturally lends itself to testing how much of a difference increased venting of a case's front panel makes in our standard and enthusiast builds.

Packaging

But before we get to that, let's start with the packaging, as tempered glass panels are not as resilient to damage sustained during transit as, say, aluminum or steel panels. Thermaltake ships these cases in standard double-wall cardboard boxes and the cases are protected by 2" thick Styrofoam bumpers.

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These bumpers provide adequate cushioning against damage in transit and the packaging is appropriate for cases with a $70 standard, non-sale price tag. Both cases arrived to us in perfect condition and both were shipped in the retail box just as those would ship to you.

Over the next few pages, we'll investigate these cases' looks, functionality, and whether they're worth the asking price.