Thermaltake Technology Inc. was founded in 1999 with the vision of building Thermaltake Technology into “a cultural brand for the enjoyment of entertainment, e-Sports, technology, and lifestyle”. Thermaltake Technology is focused on delivering the perfect user experience. Their products range from Power Supply Units, PC PC Case, Complete Custom Loop solutions, CPU Coolers, Fans to the range of the peripherals like keyboards, mouse, mouse mat, headphones and even gaming chairs. The very essence of the Thermaltake DNA is based on Courage, Passion, and Perseverance. They are diversified in brands like TteSPORTS, Luxa to bring consumer focused products from respective domains.
View 51 TG SNOW ARGB edition is the next iteration having roots in View series from Thermaltake. Thermaltake has produced a brilliant PC Case with solid build quality and having spacious word written on its forehead. There is a reason why they adopted such a lavish space all around which we will discuss in the content. The case is available in two colors; black and white (SNOW). We are taking a look at the SNOW edition and already appreciating the overall white outlook of the case. The case comes with 2x 200mm ARGB fans on the front and a 120mm ARGB fan on the rear. It features the DMD which Thermaltake refers to as Dismantlable Modular Design. Many of its features and overall design layout strongly reminds me of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic!
- Product: View 51 TG SNOW ARGB EDITION
- Manufacturer: Thermaltake
- Price: PKR 38,000/- [Shing price at the time of the review]
Packaging and Unboxing
The PC Case is shipped inside a large size cardboard box finished in a black color. This is a premium PC case bearing TT Premium from the Thermaltake hence the packing box has that touch as well. This is a heavy box weighing. Keep that in mind when handling.
Salient features of the case are highlighted:
- 3x 4mm Tempered Glass
- Tt LCS Certified
- A-RGB with capability to sync with the motherboard
- Compatible with ASUS AURA SYNC, GIGABYTE RGB FUSION 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASRock POLYCHROME RGB
Thermaltake has provided a dedicated RGB button on the IO panel with up to 27 modes to choose from.
The specifications are printed here.
There are two thick white color Styrofoam pads sandwiching the PC Case.
There is a black color box provided in the main packing box. It has all the accessories inside.
- Various Screws
- Long M3 screws for 200mm Fans
- The user manual
- Cable ties
- MB Signal Bridge Cable
- 8x Pads
- Hook and Loop
Let’s start with Thermaltake statement for this PC Case, “Designed to expand the legacy of the View Series lineup, the View 51 Tempered Glass Snow ARGB Edition full-tower PC Case features two 200mm 5V ARGB fans at the front and one 120mm 5V ARGB fan at the rear providing outstanding ventilation. This elegant PC Case utilizes swing-out side panels, and is enclosed with 4mm tempered glass panels on three sides for users to demonstrate their DIY handwork and showcase their internal components. The I/O ports are positioned vertically on the right side of the front panel with tempered glass windows on its left. Different from other View Series PC Case’, the View 51 TG Snow ARGB can hold up to two 200mm fans at the front and on the top. With support for the latest PC hardware, the View 51 TG Snow ARGB Edition is not only fascinating in appearance but comes with endless possibilities for PC lovers.”
The Thermaltake View 51 TG SNOW ARGB Edition measures 550Hx325Wx525Dmm. It weighs 14.95KG and is made of SPCC, glass, and plastic materials. The color of the case from all around is white. The case is a full ATX style with a large space to work around. Let’s explore the case starting from the exterior.
The front side of the Thermaltake View 51 TG SNOW ARGB Edition features a 4mm tempered glass panel with Thermaltake branding at the bottom. We have rounded edges on the top right and bottom left. The 2x 200mm ARGB fans can be seen behind the glass panel. For those with experience of View 71, the front and top panels have sufficient gaps between the panel and the glass providing enough air intake provision. Same is not the case with the View 51 TG though. One can spot a small size vertical cutout line which is for ventilation. Since this case is following the dual chamber in side-by-side design, we have more width to this case.
As mentioned earlier there is limited space between the panel and the glass.
Here is a close up of the glass on the front from the side.
The View 51 TG retains the same power button design as is on the View 71 TG.
Here is the front view with the front panel removed. I appreciate the designer for providing the convenient removal of the front panel. We don’t need to pull it out. One would need to remove the top panel and simply lift the front panel off. Yes, the only caveat here is the removal of top panel.
Thermaltake has provided a single mounting bracket on the front for the fans and radiator. The 200mm fans are pre-installed on this bracket. Remove the top two screws first for the removal of the bracket.
There is no need to remove the bottom screws as Thermaltake has taken care of this step in a far better way.
There is a screw on the base inside the case. Remove this along with the two screws mentioned previous and take out the bracket. Here the caveat is opening the side panel to access this screw. The hinged design of the side panel helps with that.
The above picture shows the front view of the case with the bracket removed. Despite having steel frame with plastic all around, the design team executed the paint job quite well and provided almost a same color finish.
The 200mm fans are using 9x 5V A-RGB LEDs and use hydraulic bearings.
The above picture shows the mounting bracket. It can house up to 3x 120mm fans, 3x 140mm fans, and 2x 200mm fans. You can imagine the radiator support accordingly except the 420mm which is not possible in this case.
The radiator has mounting holes properly labeled to identify the holes according to the size. 12 here refers to 120mm mount and so on.
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
- 2x USB 2.0
- 2x USB 3.0
- 1x HD Audio
- 1x RGB Button
- LED Indicator
There is no Reset button here which Thermaltake could have provided. The Reset connector is connected to the RGB Hub inside the case and is labeled as RGB button.
There is a 4mm tempered glass side panel which is not tinted. This is a wise move to properly show case the build. The panel is hinged on the frame which is a brilliant implementation as is on the View 71 TG.
There is a circular shape handle on the side panel which is in the large thumb screw design. Rotating it counter clockwise would release the panel from the frame and rotating it clockwise would lock the panel on the frame.
The above picture shows the position of the handle with the panel released from the frame.
The View 51 TG has hinged panel on the frame which makes the handling of the panel quite convenient.
The above picture shows the top side of the PC Case. The glass is the same with 4mm thickness. Looking closely the complete panel can be released to access the entire top of the case.
We have a narrow gap between the glass and the panel itself for ventilation.
To remove the top panel, remove the two screws on the rear side of the panel and slide it out towards the rear.
The above picture shows the unlocked top panel ready to be lift off.
The Thermaltake View 51 TG SNOW ARGB Edition has a wider layout with 325mm width. There is quite a gap from the top of the PC Case to the motherboard’s top. We have a cutout for the motherboard’s IO shield. On its right we have a mesh mounting area for a 120mm fan. We can’t adjust the height of the rear fan. This restriction is coming out of the design layout given how much they are accommodating.
There is a removable vented cover on the left. It is covering the HDD cage.
We have 8x PCIe slot design in the middle. These can be rotated to make provision for vertical installation of the graphics cards. There is a PCIe slot cover on the right side. We have a standard ATX PSU mounting on the left bottom in vertical layout.
The above picture shows the hinges on the frame.
As I have mentioned above that Thermaltake has implemented a patented rotational design for the PCIe 8x slots. The complete PCIe 8x slots bracket is removable. It is secured using 5x small size screws. Before taking it out, you would need to remove the PCIe slot cover bracket.
We have a large size dust filter which runs to the entire length of the meshed portion on the bottom. It is not magnetic. The removal of dust filer could be problematic if the case is placed closed to the wall.
The above picture shows the bottom with the dust filter removed.
The case has enough lift off from the base where it will be placed on. This would give enough room for ventilation. Each corner has rubber pad on it to avoid scratching the surface and slippery.
The other side panel is made of SPCC steel and has two vented columns. The build quality of the panel is good. It is secured using two captive thumb screws.
It is time to take a look at the interior of the PC Case.
There is another fan/radiator bracket on the top as is on the front side.
We have a cutout on the top front. It faces the top of the side bracket inside the case where the user can mount the radiator/fans.
There is a large size cutout on the top of the HDD cage. Looking closely, we can spot cable tie points on around the cutout. The attention to the detail is admirable.
The bracket can be taken out by removing the 4x thumb screws on both sides. This will release the bracket from the frame.
Here is another view at the top of the case. We have enough room to work around which is convenient.
The fan/radiator bracket on the top and front are identical and can be interchanged.
A picture does not give out the spacious layout in the View 51 TG. It is massive and provides enough room for any build. In fact, a simple build could actually prove its massiveness by showing the emptiness around the build. The inner layout is not identical to the View 71 TG in many ways. The motherboard tray is protruded from the side making an angled side where the cutouts are provided for the cable routing. The area next to the angled one has a side bracket (fixed) where the user can install fans/radiator. No more 2x HDD cages that we have in View 71 TG.
The Thermaltake View 51 TG SNOW ARGB Edition supports motherboard up to E-ATX (10.5”) size but keep in mind that the E-ATX motherboard will cover the angled section with the cutouts for the cables. We have roughly 55mm of space from the top bracket to the top of the motherboard. The inner space without any constraint is 478x465mm (LxH).
The permissible height of the CPU cooler is 175mm. The maximum length of the graphics card is 440mm without pump whereas it is 300mm with the pump. 175mm height seems on a lower side of the CPU cooler given the spacious outlook.
The above picture shows the fan mounting possibilities.
The above picture shows the radiator mounting possibilities.
The motherboard tray supports standard ATX size motherboard by default. All 9x standoffs are pre-installed. They have provided a few more with the socket wrench as well making it easier to remove or install the standoffs. We have three cutouts on the top for cable routing and two large size cutouts on the right in an angle. These have rubber grommets as well. The CPU cutout is large enough to install the cooler’s mounting hardware inside the case.
There is a support bracket for vertical mount of the graphics card. It can house 2x graphics cards in the vertical layout. This case features a patented rotatable PCIe slots. The user can easily rotate the entire slot area in either vertical or horizontal layout. Similarly, the support bracket can be removed. There is no riser cable provided with the case.
The above picture shows the PCIe slots in horizontal layout. The screws of the slot covers are accessed outside of the case and the covers are reusable.
There is a 120mm ARGB white fan at the rear. It has 9 ARGB LEDs and is using hydraulic bearings.
The above picture shows the side of the side bracket in the case. This bracket area is recessed as compared to the motherboard tray. There is a limitation in terms of the thickness of the radiator in case the user is installing a radiator on the front as well on the side bracket.
The above picture shows the support bracket for the vertical mount of the graphics card closely. The bottom of the case has two 2.5” drive brackets and there is a pump bracket towards the near. In terms of the storage capability, this case has a limited option.
The above picture shows the base of the case with brackets removed. The user can install up to 360mm radiator here or 3x 120mm fans. There is no provision for any 140mm mounting here.
Another key observation is the two cutouts on the base of the motherboard tray. They are far away from the base of the motherboard implying we the cables would be promptly visible on the base. I would have preferred these cutouts closer to the base of case.
Thea above picture shows the PCIe slot area closely. The complete bracket is secured using 5x screws. The bracket cover is secured using 2x thumb screws. All 7 screws would need to be removed to take out the bracket.
The support bracket inside the case is secured using 6x screws. One screw is located on the rear as shown in the picture. The other five are on the motherboard tray.
The above picture shows the backside of the PCIe bracket installed in the vertical layout.
The above picture shows the front side fan/radiator bracket from its rear. This angle gives a better understanding of the radiator thickness limitation for the front and side.
Picture on the product’s webpage suggests the airflow direction to be top and front intake with rear and bottom exhausting. We did not test that as we are testing the case with stock cooling.
Taking a look at the inner side of the panel, we can spot two magnetic dust filters covering the vented areas.
The above picture shows the vented area with dust filters removed.
The outlook here once again reminds me of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic. The IO panel cables are routed from the left to the right side. The HDD cage is right behind the cutout in the motherboard tray. That would mean either install the cooler’s mounting hardware on the motherboard outside of the case or remove the HDD cage for its installation. We have plenty of cable tie points on the important areas.
The PSU can be installed in a vertical layout and we would suggest keeping the fan side towards the panel for some fresh air intake and exhaust from the rear of the PSU. The PSU mounting bracket has adjustable arm making it possible to adjust the position of the locking arm as per the PSU length.
Thermaltake is using proprietary connectors for the 3x ARGB fans. These are connected to the SATA powered RGB hub. This hub can be connected to the motherboard for which Motherboard Sync cable is also provided. It is connected on the top header of the hub with the other side connector to be installed on the standard 5V ARGB header on the motherboard.
The HDD cage has 2 caddies. They can be accessed from the rear of the cage. Following storage options are available in this case:
- 2x 2.5” or 3.5” drives in the HDD cage
- 2x 2.5” drives on the brackets
This case is designed more towards the cooling gear than the storage.
The HDD cage is secured using 4x screws and it is removable.
The HDD cage without the caddies.
The above picture shows the caddies.
The above picture shows the black color PCB on the IO panel.
The above picture shows the back side with the HDD cage removed.
We have ample cable management space here.
The above picture shows the USB and HD Audio connectors.
The above picture shows the USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connector.
The above picture shows the front panel’s connectors. There is no Reset connector among them.
The Reset connector is used on the RGB hub. There is no reset functionality from the factory.
The above picture shows the connectors of the motherboard sync cable.
The RGB hub is SATA powered.
Test Build and Experience
The following configuration has been used for the test build:
- Intel i5 11600k
- Asus Strix Z590-A WIFI
- XPG Spectrix D41 16GB
- XPG 240GB SATA SSD
- Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black
- GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION
- Fractal Design ION+ 860P
I started with the motherboard installation followed by the RAM and the cooler installation. The PC Case is so spacious that you would not face any issue.
I would suggest routing and installing the bottom connectors before installing the PSU. There would be a space or gap below the PSU which should be utilized for maximum advantage in the cable management.
We have used the SilverStone SST-CP07W white SATA cable for the SSD.
The 24-pin ATX cable was an easier task.
The EPS connector was also an easier installation.
Next, we installed the graphics card. We have used the conventional layout which is horizontal one for the graphics card. The above picture is clearly showing the massive space available for any build.
The PEG cables were routed through the lower cutout on the side. The front side is done.
The above picture shows the rear side of the build.
A little bit of cable management.
The PSU placement can be seen in the picture.
A quick boot test and every thing was working fine.
In order to control the lighting effects of the 2x 200mm ARGB fans on the front, we have a RGB button on the I/O panel. It is pertinent to mention that the lighting can be turned off all-together, which is actually one of the modes now. We have total 24 illumination modes on these fans:
- Mode 1: Wave Mode
- Mode 2: Flow Mode
- Mode 3: RGB Lighting Single Color
- Mode 4~10: Radar Mode with Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, White, Purple colors
- Mode 11~18: Breathe Mode with Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, White, Purple colors
- Mode 19: Full lighted Mode
- Mode 20~26: Single Color with Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, White, Purple colors
- Mode 27: Light Off
Please, note that Thermaltake is using 6-pin proprietary connector on these fans. Hence, user has no control over the speed of these fans.
Following test build has been used for thermal testing:
- ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A WIFI
- Intel i5 11600k [Stock, Auto]
- Noctua NH-U12S Chromax.black
- XPG Spectrix D41 16GB
- XPG 240GB SATA SSD
- GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION
- Fractal Design ION+ 860P
Noctua NT-H1 is used on the CPU IHS. ASUS RealBench 2.56 and MSI KOMBUSTOR 4 are used to stress the CPU and Graphics card. Following configurations have been tested and reported in the graph:
- Stock Configuration [Complete Front Panel installed]
- Complete Front Panel removed
Please note that we can’t regulate the speed of the pre-installed fans. The cooler’s fan was set to run at full speed. Rest of the settings were on Auto, Stock in the UEFI/BIOS. A stress test of 30 minutes was done with an idle time of 10 minutes. System was powered off between all runs for a minimum of 30 minutes as well.
Let’s take a look at the results.
The ambient temperature was around 31~32°C. Hence we are reporting delta temperatures calculated by subtracting the ambient temperature from average of the cores temperature values and GPU Diode value. The difference of the CPU temperature with and without front panel is 3.5°C which is on the high side.
For graphics card, we are seeing a 4.4°C delta between both configurations which is not that bad. It was kind of expected given the airflow restricted design on the front.
The Thermaltake View 51 TG ARGB is a full tower case lightening the View series. Personally, I am a big fan of View 71 TG and have used that case for some good time and produced a few featured builds in that. I was thrilled to get my hands on View 51 TG and Thermaltake was kind enough to listen to my wish. They sent us the View 51 TG ARGB SNOW edition for the review. The first look at it and it was a marvelous site though it quickly reminds me of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic in the overall design. This case is also available in the black color. They are exclusively available through the authorized distributor of Thermaltake here namely Shing Distribution Systems.
The View 51 TG ARGB SNOW edition has a dimension of 550x315x515mm. It is made of steel, plastic and tempered glass. The chassis has a net weight of 14.95Kg. The chassis supports motherboard up to E-ATX size (10.5”) with ample provision for the cooling gear and somewhat storage options. One of the key highlights is the provision of 3x 4mm tempered glasses on the side, top, and front panels to show case your build. Another striking feature is the provision of 2x 200mm A-RGB white fans on the front and an A-RGB 120mm fan on the rear. The case has on-board RGB controller. Another salient highlight is the modular design where the user can remove the top and front panels along with the removable fan/radiator brackets. Another key note is the convenient removal of the front panel. Then there is a hinged glass panel. The case also features patented PCIe rotatable bracket along with the vertical support bracket. No riser cable is provided in the case and needs to be purchased separately.
Following are the fan mounting possibilities:
- Up to 3x 120/140mm or 2x 200mm fans on the front [2x 200mm ARGB White fans pre-installed]
- 1x 120mm fan on the rear (Pre-Installed)
- Up to 3x 120/140mm or 2x 200mm fans on the top
- Up to 3x 120mm fans on the base.
Following is the radiator mounting support:
- Up to 360mm Radiator on the front
- Up to 360mm Radiator on the top
- Up to 360mm Radiator on the side
- Up to 360mm Radiator on the base [No provision of 140mm mounts on the base]
Storage provision is:
- Up to 4x 2.5” Drives
- Up to 2x 3.5” Drives in combination with the 2.5” drives
The case has a support for up to 4x drives in total which is a mediocre provision given the full tower case.
- CPU Cooler of up to 175mm height is possible
- Graphics Card of up to 440mm length without water pump and 300mm with the water pump on the front.
- PSU length of 200mm
In terms of filtration, we have two magnetic dust filters on the side, and a non-magnetic dust filter on the bottom which runs on the full length. Since we have glass panel on the front with narrow air intake channels on the sides, the case has a somewhat airflow restricted design.
The 8x PCIe slots are on the dedicated bracket which can be configured in horizontal or vertical layout. The slot covers are reusable. Installation of the fans or radiators on the top or front are convenient thanks to DMD approach from the Thermaltake. The brackets can be removed for easy installation outside the case and then it is a matter of simply putting the installed brackets back in. Panels handling has been refined and made more user friendly. I admire the attention to the details by the design team. The overall build quality is good as well.
The 3x A-RGB white fans are using proprietary connectors for which Thermaltake has provided an RGB hub which is SATA powered. In doing so, they have taken out the Reset functionality from the IO panel as they have provided a dedicated RGB button on the panel to control the RGB lighting. The user has no control on the speed of the fans either. Thermaltake has provided a motherboard sync cable which allows the user to sync the A-RGB white fans with the motherboard digital lighting. The lighting is compatible with ASUS AURA, GIGABYTE RGB FUSION 2.0, MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC, and ASRock OLYCHROME RGB.
The HDD cage does not have hot swappable option which is what I was expecting in this price bracket. The PSU is installed on the back side in the vertical layout for which Thermaltake has provided an adjustable catching arm. There is an ample cable management space all around with cable tie points on key locations. Although it supports E-ATX size motherboard (10.5”), the E-ATX board will cover the cutouts with rubber grommets making the cable routing quite a challenge. The build experience in the Thermaltake View 51 TG ARGB SNOW edition is phenomenally easier and we don’t have any particular observations in this department. Airflow is somewhat restricted in this case.
The Thermaltake View 51 TG ARGB SNOW Edition is retailing at PKR 38,000/- at the time of the review. Despite having restricted air intake, the large size of the PC Case with ventilation all around makes up for it and the thermal performance is decent. The case has Tt LCS certification meaning it is water cooling ready plus it has ARTT app support as well.
We are thankful to the Thermaltake for giving us the opportunity to review their View 51 TG ARGB SNOW Edition PC Case.