Summary: Overall, the Urban S71 was a largely convincing full tower, but at the same time a much more conventional case. The new flagship Urban T81 goes one step further and attracts attention with some special features meant to trigger a feeling of "must-have". Thermaltake only slightly modified the design of the Urban Series for the Urban T81.
Pros: discreet design with aluminum front and generously-sized window, side panels can be opened like doors, plenty of room for high-end hardware, flexible cooling system, including four 200-mm fan and four places radiator places; already factory good cooling performance, modular HDD / SSD cages, in addition, a HDD / SSD mounting location on the crossmember, tool-free installation for expansion cards and optical drives, very well equipped I/O panel, along with two-stage fan...
Cons: no tool-free installation of the hard drives and SSDs, space for cable management a bit small
Excerpt: Thermaltake has been a leader in the enthusiast market since its inception in 1999. The Chinese company has been bringing out countless products year after year aimed at everything from casual gamers to extreme enthusiasts.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I have to say I am extremely impressed with this case. It seems as though Thermaltake has really listened to its customers and done all of the right things with the Urban T81. Being part of the Urban Series you are going to get a sleek case and the T81 is no exception to that. It has a very subtle, but sleek design. The front brushed aluminum door makes it so there are no drives messing up that sleek look of the case.
Pros: – Sleek design, – Dualswing door design, – Modular storage system, – 4 included fans, – Lots of room for watercooling, – Easy installation
Cons: – Would have liked to see tiedowns on the back of the motherboard tray
Summary: There are only two tiny factors that we could even find "odd" about the Urban T81 chassis. The first is doing away with tie points for the most part, and only offering some small holes here and there for straps, and the tab system. While we could tend wiring easily enough, we in no way attempted to maximize its potential. With all of those components needed to power a loop or two, we would like a way to keep all of that clean as well.
Summary: This chassis does appear to be a true blank canvas for a enthusiast builders imagination. With everything that can be pulled off, or moved around, or installed in multiple positions and orientations, it is incredibly modular and we're already starting to see some very unique builds coming out if it.
Pros: Sturdy Steel Frame, Modular Open Case Design, Plenty of Room Behind Motherboard Tray, Multiple Radiator Locations, Filters on All Intakes, 200mm Fans Included, Fan Controller
Cons: Weak parts detract from the overall sturdiness of the chassis, (drive cages, and side door), Poor Venting for 200mm intake fans, Some radiators just don't fit, and should, Continued use of the external expansion card screws and cover plate assembly
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: After the very good Core V71 Full Tower we didn't know exactly what to expect from the Urban T81 although Thermaltake has released a few models in their Urban line that left us with very good impressions. Fortunately it seems that Thermaltake is on a roll since we liked the Urban T81 even more than the Core V71.
Pros: - High Build Quality, - Elegant Design, - Two Side Doors, - Superior Airflow Right from the Factory (3x200mm/1x140mm Fans), - Maximum Airflow Levels (4x200mm/3x140mm Fans), - Room Up To 4 Radiators (2x360/420mm - 1x280/240/140/120mm - 1x240mm), - 10 Way, 2 Speed Fan Hub, - Fully Removable Drive Cages, - Vertical Drive Spot, - Almost Inaudible, - Price (For Some)
Summary: Siamo giunti quindi alle conclusioni e non possiamo che essere soddisfatti del lavoro svolto dall'azienda taiwanese per il nuovo case top di gamma.
Il Thermaltake Urban T81 è un concentrato di eleganza, robustezza e versatilità, che utilizza materiali di ottima qualità e vanta un design assolutamente al passo con i tempi.
Summary: Das Alleinstellungsmerkmal des Thermaltake Urban T81 ist ganz klar die zweigeteilte Tür an der Seite des Gehäuses. Die Fronttür im Aluminiumlook kann ebenfalls gefallen und so dürfte das Design dieses Full-Towers wohl vielen Nutzern mehr zusagen als beim Core V71. Das Urban T81 ist allerdings auch ein gutes Stück tiefer, was bei der Platzierung unter dem Schreibtisch berücksichtigt werden sollte.