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Thermaltake's Core P5 case looks gorgeous in green

Tt Core P5
Tt Core P5 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The Core P5 by Thermaltake (opens in new tab) is the company's PC case for system builders who wish to show off the insides without compromising on style, performance, and cooling. It's the size of a full tower chassis, so you'll need to ensure there's enough space to accommodate such a large presence. Interestingly, even though the case is large, the style and design make it appear less so.

Just like the smaller Core P3 sibling, the Core P5 is fully modular, coming flat-packed as though it was IKEA that shipped the case. It takes less than an hour to put everything together, including the glass panel, but that's without packing all your equipment inside. Some tasks like installing the SSDs and managing cables can take some time to perfect, but the ending result is stunning.

Core P5

For those seeking exact dimensions, once assembled the case will measure in at 608mm x 333mm x 570mm. That's a lot of volume that you can fill with a lot of computer, including multiple GPUs, custom water-cooling with up to a 480mm radiator, ample space for cable management, full ATX support, and the ability to wall mount the case itself.

The front of the main panel sports not only power and reset switches, but also two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. There are also a front-mounted ports for your microphone and headset, should you wish to not stretch a cable all the way to the rear of the motherboard. In fact, after you have everything squared away, any cables attached to the front ports are actually more untidy looking than the exposed innards of the PC itself.

Core P5

Core P5

So just where is everything located on the Core P5? Hard drives and SSDs are actually hidden away within the panel itself with necessary cables. Up to 3 drives can be installed using available brackets, with a fourth available that can be installed between the motherboard and radiator. GPUs and other PCI cards can be installed as normal, or if you're like me and have a heavy GTX 1070 that needs to be inserted it may be worth using the optional mounting bracket to have it sit upright (plus making use of the included extension cable).

Lastly, the power supply unit is attached to the Core P5 at the bottom of the case. A pump and reservoir combination can be placed between the PSU and radiator at the designated slot, which makes planning out a water-cooling solution an absolute breeze. When it comes to implementing custom tubing and mounting options, all that needs to be done to open up access to the case is to detach the window panel from its four connection points. This makes the P5 (and P3) ideal for test benches too.

I recommend that anybody that buys this case also have a can or two of compressed air on standby. This is to combat the inevitable layer of dust that will accumulate across the exposed platform and components. A single dust filter is pre-installed for the radiator. It's worth using some incense smoke to determine airflow behind the window panel, as you'll want get as much air drawn in through the dust filter and radiator as possible.

You can order the Core P5 in three colors: black, green, and white. It's costly, but worth the investment if you're after a premium case that will adequately showcase all your PC internals. Just make sure you budget funds for optional purchases like water cooling, custom sleeved cables, and other case mods. Should you not require something this large but love the design, take a look at the smaller Core P3 (opens in new tab).

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Ouch. That looks terrible in my opinion as a case. I like design and style. Not just a box with complete window.
  • Depending on how good you are with cable design and water cooling this is perfect to show it all off rather than just a side window that can hide a lot of cool stuff. But I agree I think I would prefer a slightly more traditional case especially since my builds are always a complete mess!
  • I have no windows on my new case or my current PC. Neatness isn't my forte either!. This case however when done up with a full build with watercooling looks amazing. Saw a few at the show Mr Edmonds decided to buy this from
  • Check out the reviews on Amazon. They have pics of some custom builds and they look amazing!! This case aint for the ppl at WindowsCentral!! They should stick to beige cases. LOL!!
  • Rude.
  • Pretty normal comment given the Avatar, I have learned that most Android users are pretty immature and insecure.. not ALL of course... but a number of them...
  • Thanks MS for sharing this article . Soo professional
  • MS?
  • Next step, dual ultrawides. That new hp omen x monitor looks siiiiiick. The new Samsung ultrawide is nice but amd freesync makes me sad. Like the case a lot but I went the other way and tucked everything into a half rack. Battery backups, Nas servers, couple 4u chassis for pcs and all cabling etc so that only kvm is sticking out.
  • Nice case... I did a little custom wiring in cases for a while and display is the KEY, this could really show off a setup.
  • Shouldn't this be marked as a sponsored article or advertisement?
  • Why would it be? We look at products every single day on this site. Are those all ads too? Or maybe Rich didn't spend his own wages on this case and thought "hey I write about PC stuff" and here we are.
  • I'm kind-of surprised that gaming rigs still use clear panels to show off the internals. I prefer Lian Li stuff myself.
  • I like this case, but I could never use it as I have animals and it would be impossible to keep it dust free.
  • You can get one with 3 sides of tempered glass. But expensive and still not properly sealed.
  • I love the design idea, but I would need a lot of hands-on time it to fully grasp the possibilities with this, still I love where case designs are going :)