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Thermaltake SD101 VP11821N2U Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 180W Power Supply

  • Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1 Front Ports
  • 180W Power Supply
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 1 x 3.5" or 2.5" Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Thermaltake SD101 Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Thermaltake Case

Ideal for HTPCs, kiosks, retail shops and other space-constricted environments, the Thermaltake SD101 Mini-ITX case gives you sufficient capability to turn around. Don't get fooled by its petite size, you can cram in a mini-ITX motherboard, a CPU cooler up to 45mm in height, a VGA card up to 172mm and two half-height expansion cards - more than enough to deal with your daily needs. An 80 PLUS Bronze PSU is built in. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 revolutionizes your data exchange with external storage devices. Best of all, this mini-ITX is easy on the eyes and can effortlessly fit into any environments with an elegant and sleek design.

Features

Thermaltake Case

  • Mini-ITX Chassis
  • USB3.0 Superspeed
  • Built-in 180W PSU with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification
  • Small Size Which Requires Minimum Space
  • Compatible with Intel Atom Platform
  • Two PCI Expansion Slots
 

Unique Design

Thermaltake Case

Internal USB 3.0

Thermaltake Case

Built-in 180W PSU

Thermaltake Case

Mini-ITX Chassis

 

The Cooling System - Air Cooling

Thermaltake Case

HDD Air Cooling System

1. Top (exhaust) : 80 x 80 x 15mm Turbo fan x 1 (2100rpm, 23dBA)


 

What's in the Box

Thermaltake Case

 


Learn more about the Thermaltake VP11821N2U

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Series
SD101
Model
VP11821N2U

Spec

Type
Mini-ITX Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
Yes
Power Supply
180W
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
1 x 3.5" or 2.5"
Expansion Slots
2 Half-height expansion slot

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1

Cooling System

80mm Fans
1 x 80mm Top Fan
120mm Fans
No
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
10.4" x 4.7" x 10.3"
Weight
6.2 lbs.

Features

Features
USB3.0 Superspeed

Built in 180W PSU with 80 PLUS Bronze certified

Small size which require minimum spacing

Compatible with Intel Atom platform

Two PCI expansion slots

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Rhett O.
  • 9/23/2014 11:08:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot a bad case. Needs a bit of a redesign.

Pros: Size - A VERY nice small form factor, that allows you to physically place about anything you would want into it from the mid tier level of hardware.

Noise - PSU is VERY quite, exhaust fan is almost silent. I use this as a bedroom HTPC and even when I turn the volume down to almost mute, I cannot hear the fans spin at all, even after a long HD movie marathon when a bit of heat would have built up.

Build-ability - You can fit just about any combination of HW into this you would want, a Mini-ITX motherboard with whatever RAM configuration you want, 1x2.5 SSD/HDD, 1x3.5 HDD, 1x full size optical drive, 1x moderate GPU (low profile only, PSU is a bottle neck, see other thoughts) and most stock coolers will fit as well.

Cons: Heat - If you decide to load this down with all the parts a full size desktop would have you will find that it does get a bit warm, but it has plenty of ventilation and the 1 case fan does a decent job of exhaust (no intake except natural air flow)

PSU - At only 180W w/ only 10A on the main 12V rail, anything you put in the PCI-E slot of your motherboard MUST have low power requirements. If you use a dedicated GPU make sure to check your power requirements. Also the power supply IS proprietary.

Power indicator LED is insanely bright, if at eye height it will make viewing difficult. Also will brighten up a dark/unlit room.

USB 3 header cable - This cable is TWO FEET LONG! (I measured it). I know its a good thing to have more than you need but it being a whole 2 inches from the lower right corner of the motherboard, and being able to use only mini-ITX boards this cable is way too long, and causes clutter when you have to bunch it up and try to keep it out of the way. A 10" or 1ft cable at most would have been more than sufficient.

Other Thoughts: My Build -
ECS H61H2-I v1.1 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-3240 CPU (Onboard Intel HD Graphics, no dedicated GPU)
Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1333 RAM
ADATA Pro SP600 64GB SSD

This is a decent case but its hard to put it in a single category of use, regular desktop, moderate gamer, HTPC. The case itself is sturdy and feels like a lot of thought was put into its design for the most part. If you want to put a medium to low end GPU in it (210, HD6540 etc) along with 1x2.5 SSD/HDD + 1x3.5HDD, a stock cooler, an a full size optical drive then you are in luck. The only problem with this is heat output, as you will have to sandwich the 2.5 between the GPU & the 3.5 and this can cause heat build up and there is only 1 exhaust fan that is replaceable after a little bit of very careful finessing. However, there are adapters that allow you you mount a different combination of 3.5 & 2.5 drives in case you dont want to use the optical drive. The power supply is why I took 2 eggs off. Since it is proprietary and I have not been able to find a valid replacement for it, you are severely bottlenecked by it and also limited in what you can do with it. You can put in pretty much any combination of hardware you want until you get into the higher tier of CPUs but what killed it for me is that you simply cannot put even a mid to mid-high grade GPU in this case as it will be throttled by its power draw and the PSU simply cannot provide the necessary amperage to power it. I initially tried to use a GT 630 which requires a higher amp output and it took the PC 5 minutes to boot. 5 minutes ...... Once I replaced it with a 210 it booted very quickly after about 12 seconds but to me a 210 really doesnt do serve any useful purpose except provide extra types of connections on the back which my motherboard already has so ... why bother? (also the 210 caused a noticeable increase in noise than the entire case put together)

There are a number of different ways I could see this case being designed which would have utilized a mini-ITX standard PSU and wouldnt have compromised the footprint or the build quality. I am currently in the process of attempting to hot-rod mod this case to make use of a standard mini-ITX PSU in order to use a GTX 750 GPU while continuing to use a 2.5 SSD and either a 2.5 or 3.5 HDD for game storage. More to follow.

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  • Andrew K.
  • 5/16/2014 1:51:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTargeted at businesses, but great for home use.

Pros: Quiet and small, perfect for HTPC. USB 3.0 support is a plus. This case handles heat and airflow well as long as you don't install an optical drive. I used this for an APU build and it's been great.

Cons: The power supply is proprietary so the only other units one can use are the 180W exact replacement or a similar 160W model.

And the internal USB cables are almost too long to make sense inside such a tiny case.

Also note that Thermaltake lies about how the cooling works. There is no intake on the front as that mesh is only decorative.

Other Thoughts: Considering the configuration of most mITX motherboards, I recommend getting a 5" SATA cable since the hard drive bays are nearby.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2014 7:23:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsThermaltake ITX

Pros: - really small and compact, only 8.2 L!
- but solid features: ITX mobo, included 180W psu, 1x 3,5inch, 1x 2,5inch and 1x 5,25inch drive bays, 80mm casefan, 2 halfheight PCI slots and USB 3.0 front connectors.
- powerful, adequate Bronze Plus 180W psu, with just the right amount of connectors
- included 80x15mm casefan
- max gpu length: 170mm
- max cpu cooler height: around 45mm, or 90mm without 5,25 inch bracket
-good ventilation, when not using a graphics card

Cons: - poor airflow, if a powerful graphics card is installed
- short ATX cable, long USB 3.0 cable
- no 5,25inch -> slim optical + 3,5inch bracket
- psu fan is audible in full load, when using a graphics card
- almost no room between a graphics card and a 2,5inch drive, so it chokes the gpu
- no cablemanagement hole from the bottom of the case to the area behind the frontcover (but there is one at the top)

Other Thoughts: size and features
its really small, but it uses one of the best internal layouts, to maximize the capabilities, and results in room for almost anything you want in an allround pc.
power supply
the 180W bronze plus psu is adequate, you cant really build a system in this case that the psu wont be able to handle. the psu has 3 SATA connectors, 1 24pins and 1 4pins mobo connectors AND 1 slim SATA power connector. this is for a slim optical drive, but it's a real shame Thermaltake doesnt include a bracket for the 5,25 inch bay to convert it to a slim optical + 3,5inch bay (InWin BM cases, which are the same cases, DO come with such a bracket, and it's a very handy one!)
noise
the 80mm casefan is practically silent in normal use. only if it spins to max you'll hear it, but that is only when you force it. the 40mm psu fan is more audible, especially in load. but that depends if you're using a videocard, like i do. with no discrete gpu, you wont hear this fan as well.
airflow
this is a con, but it also depends on the build. firstly, as already mentioned in other reviews, the airflow is NOT as the promo picture Tt provides: there is no real ventilation from the from of the case.
WITHOUT a videocard, the airflow should be good: the large vent in the side provides fresh air for the cpu cooler, and this is exhausted from the top by the 80mm fan. if you install a 5,25 inch optical drive, the airflow is hindered somewhat, but still good enough. also, under the 3,5inch drive there is ventilation, from which (i think) the psu gets some fresh air, since the intake of the psu is located near the bottom.
but
if you install a graphics card, things get complicated. i installed a Radeon 7750, which is the most heat-producing gpu this case (space-wise) can handle, and it got really hot, like 90 C... the graphics card is like a barrier that holds the heat in the lower part of the case. so the hot air is recycled by the gpu, but also but the psu. a blower could solve this, but there arent any halfheight ones. a better solution would be a hole in the bottom of the case, preferably with an intake fan.
also, there's almost no room between a graphics card and a 2,5inch drive: 5mm max..
cablemanagement
another slight con: the ATX 24pins power connector is very short: if you use a graphics card and a 5,25 inch drive, it's gonna be very tight to route the cable, when the connector is at the top of the board. the front USB 3.0 cable is way too long, and it's a shame there no practical hole in the front of the case, to route this one behind the frontcover (where there is quite a lot of room).
a good thing about the cables is, that the SATA power cables exactly line up with the place you can install the drives, so thats a pro.
quality
one minor con: build quality is solid, but not exeptional. but only the parts you see from the front are painted. the rest (back, interior, brackets) are grey. also the screws on the back are silvercolored, where i would have liked to

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  • Henry L.
  • 1/23/2014 8:53:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall footprint, Big personality

Pros: The case is quite heavy for it's tiny size, making it quite rugged. The fact that it takes standard optical drives is an amazing option for a miniITX case of its size. The layout it intuitive, and the parts disassemble without much thought. I used it for a HTPC/DVR build and it perfect for the job. The power supply is quiet, along with the included case fan. I coupled the fan to my ASUS H87I-PLUS, and overall the system is almost completely silent. The front face and the overall design of the case is quite nice, and it appeals to me in the way a Noctua fan appeals to me, with it's simple elegance.

Cons: The USB 3.0 front header cable is exceptionally (and needlessly) long. It was obviously designed for a normal form factor case, and it actually made placing a card into the PCI-Express slot trouble-some.

Other Thoughts: There is very little headroom for a CPU cooler, so I used the Noctua NH-L9i which fits beautifully beneath my optical drive. Coupled to my ASUS H87I-PLUS running the ASUS AI Suite 3 Fan Xpert on silent, the case is completely silent at idle and barely wispers at 100% CPU load.

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  • Guy M.
  • 10/26/2013 11:10:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice overall

Pros: the case has a great footprint and that's what it was purchased for. the satin black finish is excellent. it's audible (case fan) but, not in the loud category. the power supply is adequate for the setup used. lots of vent area. overall a very nice looking case.

Cons: this case is the most expensive part of the build. even the MB couldn't believe it was out-priced!

Other Thoughts: didn't use the bracket to install/hold a dvd player. took it out of the case to provide better cooling. have used usb dvd players for a while now. system build:

Thermaltake SD101 Steel Mini-ITX Tower
MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 AMD A75
AMD Athlon X2 370K Richland 4.0GHz
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB SDRAM DDR3 1866
Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB
ASUS EN210 SILENT Low Profile Ready Video

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  • James M.
  • 10/1/2013 7:15:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Perfect for my hackinosh project. Gigabyte motherboard, 16gb ram, i7-3770 cpu, 256mb SSD and a Pioneer Blu-Ray burner and I'm set.

Cons: Only having it a week, I cannot think of anything.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 4/17/2013 6:32:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsdoesn't leave room for a decent power supply

Pros: Roomy for a mini-itx case. Laid out well for a single-hdd low-power build. I had intended to use mine for a small footprint linux desktop, so I loaded the build out with an SSD in the drive house and a 3.5" hdd in the drive bay (had to get mounting brackets for each one, no eggs taken away for that though).

Cons: Needs modding to fit a different psu. The mods required totally bork the case though (see other thoughts below). My board (Asus C8HM70-I) needs 300w power to operate, and a lot of the builds I'm seeing lately use high wattage psu's, so I don't understand why Tt did not make the case just an inch longer to accommodate bigger psu's.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case thinking I could *easily* swap out the 180w factory psu with a 400w (same one that another reviewer suggested, an Athena Power model), but no luck - the mITX sized psu is too big to fit anywhere in this case, which makes it a huge disappointment and waste of money for my build. Without modding, it can only fit in the 5.25" drive bay or where the actual drive housing sits, but both of those slots are occupied by my drives.

My plan to make the psu situation work, is to cut the lip over where the factory-installed psu sits, and notch out the 5.25" drive bay bracket, so that it has a place to sit. As for mounting, looks like the only way to go is by drilling a few holes to match the mounting nuts on the front of the case (in the metal behind the front panel).

This makes a problem for my hdd that I wanted to mount in the 5.25" drive bay because the huge notches I need to make there will totally eliminate the pre-drilled holes for mounting the drive.

Additionally, now I need to go find someone's Dremel to borrow so I can mod this case. I'm not a modder kind of guy, I just want to assemble the parts and play, so this is a huge drag for me to go through to salvage the money spent on this case.

Seriously Tt, I had expected much better from you guys!

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  • Joel R.
  • 3/28/2013 9:31:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to First Review

Pros: Well I'm Loving this case. I took the plunge and bought it and I am happy with it.
There was some minor modifications I needed to make to make me happy but all is well. If I were to buy this again I would defiantly buy a different PSU than the after market one I tried to 'make' fit in there.
More in Other Thoughts*

Cons: With all of my parts on the table, *listed in Other Thoughts*, I managed to get 29c on the cpu, and 25c on the vid card.
Inside the case I got 45c on the cpu, and 35c on the vidcard. And under stress I managed to get cpu to 60c and the vid card to 52c.
ALSO --> I managed to over heat my psu a bit during gaming and had random shut offs. (which I managed to fix) NOT THE factory psu btw.

Other Thoughts: Asrock Z77 e-itx Board
I-3 3220 CPU
8Gb Corsair LP 1600 Ram
Zotac GT 640 2GB LP
Apollo 350w SFX PSU (wouldn't recommend this type)
Crucial m4 64gb SSD + 330gb toshiba 2.5 laptop HDD

I would recommend the (Item#: N82E16817338081) PSU. It has enough power yet it smaller and correctly sized to fit this case. Should only really need zip ties to strap it down behind the front grill.
-ALSO I believe the thermaltake page is a bit misleading on the air flow. The front of the case does not have an intake vent and I believe I saw a picture advertising the air flow with a nice blue arrow pointing towards this grill that is just a solid piece of plastic with a grill on top of it.
-To solve my problem and just as a suggestion on the V2 of this. Give the option to have a 140mm fan mount on that cd tray bracket. I managed to drill some holes in it to achieve this and it has worked wonders. Cpu under load doesn't break 45c now and idles under 30c. =)

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  • Joel R.
  • 3/8/2013 12:33:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsNeed more info

Pros: I'm Liking this case, only super small itx case with two exspansion slots for the vid card that I have found that isn't a box/cube type.

Cons: I was hoping for more out of the cpu specs, If I were able to know what the size/dimensions/type of psu was in there, it would be helpful before buying this. I probably will anyway and do a little modding.
Thermaltake- would love a reply here

Other Thoughts: Defiantly would look forward to this case as my messenger bag tote-able itx gaming rig.

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