Thermaltake Urban SD1 MicroATX Case Review


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Urban SD1 Detailed Features

With the tour of the outside complete, let’s look at some of the more detailed features of the Urban SD1.


The front door swings open to reveal two external 5.25″ bays, as well as a single 3.5″ external bay and some more slots for ventilation.  While smaller form factors are becoming more popular, few of them set aside space for multiple optical drive bays (or external 3.5″ devices, for that matter).


Removing the top cover and peering into the internals gives us the first glance of the space available for components.  An ATX power supply will take up most of the space in the lower right corner of this photo, with external bay devices occupying most of the front (left in the photo above).


Keeping with the “modular” nature of the Urban SD1, the cage for the external devices is easily removable (after removing two thumbscrews).  This should make installing devices in these bays pretty simple, since you can install them in the cage first and then place them into the chassis.


Removing the top drive bracket reveals the 90mm fan and 3.5″ removable drive cage, along with the front panel connectors and 4-pin molex adapters for the fans.  It’s a good thing the fans are pretty quiet, as the only option is to plug them into the power supply (no motherboard control); I suppose if you find the right fan controller you could still control their speed.  I wouldn’t worry about it though as even at full RPM the included fans are not very noisy  (all under 18dBA according to the manual).


The entire motherboard tray slides easily out the back (after removing six thumbscrews).  We’ll see this in a bit more detail during the build section of the review, but I almost wonder if I should have installed the power supply first.  The removable motherboard tray is great (you’ll wonder how you ever dealt with cramped quarters in other cases before), but any cables that are attached have to be managed on their “slide” back into the case.


The motherboard tray isn’t the only thing that is removable.  From left to right (above), the 5.25/3.5″ external drive bay cage (with two 2.5″ drive mounting locations on top), motherboard tray, and the power supply bracket are all easily removed with a few thumbscrews.


The internal 3.5″ bay is removable as well, but the sides of the Urban SD1 case remain attached – making it much easier to install all components outside of the case first, then replace them as you go.


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1 comment

  1. David Ramsey

    After building a lot of small form factor systems in the last couple of years, I’ve become a big fan of SFX power supplies. One, specifically: the Silverstone ST45SF-G. With short, modular cables it’s much easier to fit into a mITX or mATX case than a standard power supply, and at 450W it’s enough for a relatively beefy system, although a high-end SLI or CrossFireX system will probably require something larger.

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