Well, it’s another new design from Thermaltake and it looks like they’re carrying on with the rather understated design language – perfect! Thermaltake last made a few people go “Ooooh!” when they announced the Chaser A31 family which looked like it had hopped straight off the Grid from the Tron universe. The Urban S71 tones it down even more and the brushed alumnium front looks like a stab other premium brands like Lian Li or Fractal Design.
The Urban S71 comes in a silent and windowed version. Both feature brushed aluminium front-panels, four front-facing USB ports, power, reset and fan speed controls at the top as well as a SATA hard drive dock for both 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives. There are vents at the top for a 240mm radiator and Thermaltake kindly includes a dust filter with it.
The silent version comes with sound-dampening material on the left panel while the right is bumped out a bit to make space for any cables you may be stuffing behind the motherboard tray. internally there’s enough space for any ATX-sized motherboard, although you can see the mounting holes for eATX boards past the rubber grommets used for cable management. There’s space for five 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives in the provided plastic mounting trays, with another 3.5″ mounting slot where the floppy drive used to be. On top of that, there are three 5.25″ slots for DVD drives (if anyone still uses one). As usual, the PSU is bottom-mounted and Thermaltake has provided a dust filter for that too.
Thermaltake also ships the Urban S71 with three fans as standard – a 120mm exhaust by the I/O panel at the back, a 200mm intake at the front and a 200mm exhaust at the top. I think this is one of the few chassis out there that come with enough cooling capacity that you don’t have to change anything before you start building in. There’s space left for another 120m fan at the bottom by the PSU. At it’s widest point the S71 measures 213mm, so there’s also enough depth for most CPU coolers, even the monoliths like the Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro.
Thermaltake says the S71 will be available globally starting next week with a RRP of $140. Its nice to see the company’s designs growing up and out of the disco balls they used to be into something most enthusiasts would like to own.