Large, heavy and extremely modular. With the A700 TG Thermaltake offers an over 20 kg heavy E-ATX case, which is prepared for any hardware. A large individual water cooling, several graphic cards and hard disks should not represent any problems for the aluminum Full Tower. But how the case performs in practice and whether the functionalities justify the high price, our detailed test should clarify.
The Thermtake A700 TG* is available since September 2019. The case is only available in the colour combination black-silver.
|Universal holder for 3.5″/2.5″ drives||7|
|Holder for 2.5″ drives||10|
|Mainboard compatibility||E-ATX, ATX, mATX, ITX|
|Power supply Form factor||ATX|
|Front connections||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, USB 3.0 Type-C x 1|
|Fan front||3 x 120 mm, 3 x 140 mm, 2 x 200 mm (1x 140 mm included)|
|fan top side||3 x 120 mm, 2 x 140 mm, 2 x 200 mm|
|Rear fan||1 x 120 mm, 1 x 140 mm (1x 140 mm included)|
|Fan bottom||2 x 120 mm|
|Dust filter||1x dust filter for complete ground|
|Radiator Front||– up to 360 mm
– up to 420 mm
|Radiator Top side||– up to 360 mm
– up to 280 mm
|Radiator Rear||– up to 120 mm
– up to 140 mm
|Radiator Right||– up to 360 mm
– up to 420 mm
|Radiator Ground||– up to 240 mm|
|Max. Length PSU||220 mm|
|Max. Length GPU||310 mm (410 mm without HDD rack)|
|Max. CPU cooler height||200 mm|
|Cable management room||Yes|
|Lateral left||5 mm Tempered Glass|
|right side panel||5 mm Tempered Glass|
|Dimensions Housing (LxWxH)||596 x 294 x 582 mm|
|Weight Net||20.05 kg|
|Price||€ 384.85 *|
Packaging and Scope of Delivery
As the housing has two large glass elements, these must be adequately protected for delivery. The A700 arrives in a large package. The case is protected by two thick and stable polystyrene elements. The glass elements were additionally covered both inside and outside with a foil in order to be protected from scratches.
The accessories of the case are hidden in a small cardboard box. The following parts are included:
- Miscellaneous screws for hardware and fastenings
- Some screws for radiators (M3 x 39 mm)
- Two keys
- 200 mm Fan bracket
- Cable ties
The accessories are extensive and equipped with some useful extras. The two keys are extraordinary. More about this.
The housing consists mainly of aluminium, glass and steel. The workmanship of the A700 is on a very good level. Gap dimensions, defects in materials or sharp edges are not to be discovered with our case.
The two glass elements of the housing are visually striking. Both the left and right sides consist of a single 5 mm thick, 3.6 kg tempered glass element. The two together are therefore heavier than some ATX enclosures. The glass elements can be opened like a door and locked with a key. A metallic outer frame fixes them magnetically to the case when closed – so nothing rattles.
Both the front and top elements are made of aluminium. Both contribute a lot to the overall weight of the case (the front element alone weighs 2.2 kg) and can be removed without tools. Afterwards fans or radiators can be attached without problems. The air is attracted to the side.
The perfectly rounded corners are visually striking. This not only looks good, but also feels noble. There are no sharp edges.
The front panel has two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports and one USB type C port. To the left of the power button are the HDD LED, two 3.5 mm jack connectors and the reset switch. The lettering of the individual elements can be seen on the aluminium. A small point of criticism: This is somewhat blurred and not easy to read, especially with the left USB 3.0 port.
The back of the A700 is mainly made of black steel. In the upper part you can see the already included black 140mm fan. Below you can see the eight modular PCI slots. Optionally a graphics card can be mounted vertically.
The underside of the case shows the rubberized aluminum feet. These hold the case non-slip. In between are the sturdy dust filter for the power supply unit and optionally mountable fans on the floor.
All in all, only the not very sharp lettering of the front panel is negatively noticeable. Apart from that, the case leaves a perfect impression both optically and qualitatively.
The interior of the A700 TG is characterised by black steel. In the lower area there is a covered area for the power supply. In addition to a 2.5-inch mass memory, PCI cards can be mounted horizontally as an option. Radiators or fans can be mounted on the right and under the power supply area. In this case, there is no need to install another 2.5-inch mass storage device.
Thermaltake has added two modular hard drive cages to its A700. The mounting height is freely selectable. In addition, there are many possibilities for the installation of water cooling elements. Two large rubber-coated cable bushings are located next to it.
When mounting an ATX mainboard, there is a few centimetres of space to the partition wall of the PSU room. The free space above the mainboard is even larger. The spacers are not mounted in advance. The accessories include sufficient and easy to install spacers.
Inside you can see two premounted fans. Both have a 3-pin power connector and can therefore be adjusted via the mainboard, for example. The A700 doesn’t have its own fan control.
Up to six SSDs can be mounted behind the mainboard. There are also enough possibilities for placing cable ties.
Finally, the interior also leaves a very good impression. The workmanship is impeccable, the elements modular and the mounting options extremely versatile.
System Construction in the Thermaltake A700 TG
The Thermaltake A700 TG is equipped with the following hardware:
|CPU cooler||Enermax Aquafusion 240mm (ELC-Aqf240-Sqa)*|
|Mainboard||ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4|
|RAM||Corsair 16GB DDR4-3000|
|Graphics card||Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium 8GB|
|Power supply unit||be quiet! Straight Power 10 Power Supply 500W CM|
|Data carrier||Two 2.5″ SSDs|
The ample space around the mainboard allows easy connection of cables. Even longer graphics cards can be easily mounted in the case. Only very few graphics cards are longer than 31 cm. If such a card is to be installed, the HDD cages can be dismantled or mounted in another place. With a maximum possible height of 20 cm, every CPU cooler in the A700 should also be installable.
Particularly worth mentioning are the mounting options for fans or radiators on the front and in the lid of the case – there are almost no limits here.
The room separation between the power supply and mainboard areas and the well-placed cable bushings allow good cable management in the visible area.
There is more than enough space for the cable management behind the mainboard. The only problem that can occur during installation is that cables are not long enough to be laid at the edge of the case. Closing the right side is possible without problems even with a large number of cables and poor installation.
No problems occurred during the further installation of the hardware into the housing.
Cooling Capacity and Noise Level
In the test, the two supplied fans were connected to the case and operated at approx. 50% of the maximum speed: 500 RPM. Thus the fans are not perceptible from the closed case. Side noises like clacking or beeping could not be detected. If the fans are operated at full speed, they are audible but not loud.
The cooling performance could convince in the test. The installed components also didn’t get unusually hot during operation of the supplied fans at low speed.
Clucusion of the Thermaltake A700 TG Review
Thermaltake offers a very good case with the A700 TG. The workmanship and quality of the materials is almost perfect. The appearance from the outside is both noble and simple due to the huge glass panes and the aluminium.
But those who put the A700 in the closer selection when buying the case won’t get the perfect all-rounder. In addition, functionalities such as a fan controller or LED lighting are missing. But Thermaltake probably consciously dispenses with this: The A700 is the perfect backbone to enable almost all PC builds in a qualitatively almost perfect, optically appealing and modular case. The case’s target audience will probably be an enthusiast who configures an extensive water cooling system himself. Supplied LEDs or controls would probably be replaced anyway.
If weight, size and price don’t put you off, the A700 is an almost perfect case. It’s a great choice for an extensive PC build with individual water cooling and LED lighting.
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