Thermaltake View 300 MX full review

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Thermaltake is known for its excellence in chassis design, and its Thermaltake View 300 MX model is a perfect example. This ATX chassis combines a sophisticated aesthetic, high-quality materials, and a versatile interior space.

This chassis is very comprehensive in all its aspects, including an interchangeable front and side glass, color options in white and black, 200mm RGB fans at the front, a controller, and a modular PSU cover accessible from the main compartment. In this review, we will examine all of this and more. Let’s get started!

Exterior design

We start with the left side of the Thermaltake View 300 MX Snow Edition, where a fully transparent tempered glass window is located in the white version. This glass is embedded in a metal frame that is attached to the chassis by clips and two screws at the rear. Additionally, a white opaque frame surrounds the glass and covers the metal and chassis anchors, with elegant cuts at the corners.

Now let’s talk about the right side, where a thick and sturdy metal plate cover is located. This cover uses the same attachment system mentioned earlier. The interesting thing about this cover is the opening at the front that allows ventilation in the area where fans or radiators are installed next to the motherboard. Additionally, it has a magnetic metal dust filter.

The top area of the Thermaltake View 300 MX offers an advantage over most cabinets, thanks to its extra width. It is able to accommodate 220mm fans, in addition to the standard formats. There is a medium-textured magnetic dust filter in this area, which will take care of air output.

The I/O panel is located halfway between the ceiling and the front, with the following components: an LED-embedded power button, a reset button, a hard drive indicator LED, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, and two 3.5mm jacks for audio and microphone.

The I/O panel is very comprehensive, with three 5 and 10 Gbps interfaces, and it is also independent of the front cover, so there will be no cables that obstruct. The front is beautiful, combining a transparent central glass section with a mesh frame to provide good air flow. Additionally, its two included 200mm fans will look spectacular in operation.

This area also houses a unique feature, such as the option to swap the cover. To do this, a mesh variant is included that is fixed with bottom tabs and four internal screws. Although it would have been better to have a faster coupling system, performing the procedure is not a difficult task, we simply need to pull the cover from below and have a screwdriver at hand.

We now focus on the back of the Thermaltake View 300 MX, where we find a typical configuration with a 120 mm fan at the top next to the motherboard. The central section is a distinctive feature of Thermaltake, as it allows for rotating the 7 expansion slots and positioning the GPU vertically without thickness restrictions. Finally, at the bottom is the support for the power supply, which in this case is inserted through the main compartment.

We reach a lower section with 2 openings that take advantage of the entire surface, allowing air to enter for both the power supply and hard drives. Two medium-sized dust filters protect against dust entry, although we consider them basic compared to plastic frames and more elaborate fastening systems. By the way, the feet are wide and have anti-vibration surfaces.

Interior and capacity of the Thermaltake View 300 MX

The layout of the space is typical of an ATX chassis, except for the access to the power supply and hard drives from the main compartment. This can affect aesthetics, but also adds a professional touch with the visible 3.5″ trays.

The Thermaltake View 300 MX is compatible with Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboard formats. However, it is likely that the two rubber protection holes for the cables will be partially blocked if the E-ATX format is chosen. Next to the motherboard, there is space available to install 120 mm cooling systems or fans without any problems with E-ATX boards. A cover for this area would have been useful to improve the interior aesthetics if not used.

The chassis can support air coolers up to 175 mm in height and graphics cards up to 400 mm in length. However, if we decide to install liquid cooling or a water tank in the front, the available space will be limited to only 270 mm. When placing the chassis in a vertical position, there will be no restrictions, unless we use a water tank.

The PSU area has several interesting details. There is a base to install graphics cards vertically in two different positions, which can have a thickness of up to 70 mm or more. This chassis is ideal for the impressive latest-generation graphics cards, although the riser cable is not included. Right below the GPU base is the metal cover for the PSU, which must be removed to install the power supply. Two screws need to be removed to do this.

Storage capacity and cable management

The main compartment is where most of the storage capacity of the Thermaltake View 300 MX is located. Here, you can see a hard drive rack with two removable trays for installing 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives. Additionally, there are two exclusive brackets for 2.5″ units at the top. Behind the motherboard, there are two more brackets for 2.5″ units. In total, up to 6 2.5″ units or 2 3.5″ units can be installed.

The PSU cover can support ATX formats up to 200 mm if the hard drive rack is kept. However, if it is removed, the limitation is broken. This design and distribution are not ideal for cable management, as the cables will be easily visible if time is not dedicated to organizing them. There is limited space of 23 mm at the back to place some cables, but it is very narrow in relation to the width of the chassis. With good adjustment of the clips, cable management can be optimized, but this is not a strong point of the chassis.

The Thermaltake View 300 MX has a wide range of ventilation, both in quantity and variety, which is a great advantage. The following are the available fan spaces:

  • Front: can accommodate 3 120 mm or 140 mm fans, or 2 200 mm fans.
  • Top: can accommodate 3 120 mm fans, 2 140 mm fans, or 1 200 mm fan.
  • Side: can accommodate 3 120 mm fans.
  • Rear: can accommodate 1 120 mm fan.

The following are the available radiator spaces:

  • Front: can accommodate 280 mm or 360 mm radiators.
  • Top: can accommodate 280 mm or 360 mm radiators.
  • Side: can accommodate 360 mm radiators.
  • Rear: can accommodate 120 mm radiators.

The chassis includes two 200 mm ARGB-lit fans in the rotation area. These fans are PWM compatible and can rotate up to 1000 RPM, generating 35.5 dBA noise. Additionally, it includes a 120 mm ARGB rear fan, also PWM compatible, which can rotate up to 1500 RPM and generates 27.2 dBA noise. The chassis includes a controller with specific headers for these fans, which allows integrating the PWM signal from the motherboard and selecting predefined ARGB effects from the reset button.

The side area offers many possibilities for all-in-one cooling systems, especially if a radiator with RGB lighting is used. For example, we have chosen this location for the Thermaltake Toughliquid Ultra 240. However, it is important to note that the space for the horizontal GPU will be limited to 270 mm. Overall, the Thermaltake View 300 MX is a great option for custom cooling, as it supports multiple radiators and water reservoirs.

The ventilation capacity in the front of the Thermaltake View 300 MX is suitable for a push and pull system, but the hard disk compartment will have to be removed in order to install 360 mm radiators. The top is the most popular for being the ideal place to evacuate hot air. The chassis has a wide tolerance for any radiator thickness.

Conclusion and final words about the Thermaltake View 300 MX

The design of Thermaltake’s chassis is always attractive, and the View 300 MX model is no exception. The combination of elegant style with tempered glass areas and cut corners gives a image of robustness and elegance at the same time. The finishes are of high quality and the front cover is interchangeable.

The interior of the chassis is original, with a unique design of the power supply cover, easy access to all storage and space for custom liquid cooling systems. Although cable management and the power supply is a bit tedious, the space is generous and compatible with E-ATX boards, water reservoirs, multiple radiators and 200 mm fans.

The price of the chassis is approximately $215 USD, a little less than the Thermaltake View 51 TG and close to the Core P6 TG. It is difficult to choose between them as they all have a great capacity and unique elements, but we lean towards the View 51 TG, which for a few dollars more offers a wide rear compartment for cables.

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