Thermaltake Element V 8

Thermaltake Element V Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Thermaltake Element V will set you back around 169 US Dollars or 140 Euros.
  • Solid construction
  • Plenty of air flow
  • Excellent fan cable routing
  • Power LED connector present in both 2 and 3 pin variants
  • USB ports well spaced
  • Good cable routing possibilities
  • Adequate cable hiding possibilities
  • Fan speed may be adjusted
  • Fan lighting may be selected or turned off
  • Screw-less system
  • 2.5" SSD bay
  • Quiet operation at lowest fan speed
  • Bottle holder may be installed for LAN party goers
  • Bottom mounted PSU
  • PSU bay is a pain to place power supply into
  • Fans are loud at full force
  • Cannot use dual or triple radiator in roof of chassis
  • Motherboard hole in tray not large enough
  • Plastic drive bay clips allow for a bit of play
  • Hard drive cages can only hold three drives each
  • Pricey - other cases with much better quality cost the same or less
  • Heavy for a LAN party case
  • Bottom cross bar is in the way
  • Required to tip over chassis to install an SSD on the floor of the case
  • Only most basic extras included
  • Water cooling openings at bad location in back
  • Side panel design lackluster
  • Bottle holder fairly useless for home / professional users
  • Grey interior
The Thermaltake Element V will set you back around 130 Euros or 170 US Dollars. This does not make this chassis a cheap one. While the case does offer quite a few small, but nice features there are plenty of annoying draw backs as well. On one hand Thermaltake offers very clean cable routing for the fans, along with adjustable fan speed and lighting of the cooling units. In turn you are required to unplug the pre-routed cables for the hard drive cages, to be able to pull them out of the chassis. This type of positive & negative weigh-off continues in many other areas like the mainboard tray. On one hand you have an opening in the tray and may install both ATX or eATX boards, but then the hole to gain access to the underside of the CPU area is not large enough. The PSU bay offers support for the unit, which in turn makes the installation a real pain.
Even though Thermaltake does aim the entire Element series at the "professional user" the Element V leans heavily toward the LAN party gamer, who may want loads of flashy lights and may make good use of the not included bottle holder. Once again, such a scenario has a downside, as the chassis is very heavy. This makes it a real pain to carry to and from an event.
Do you see a trend here? Like I mentioned before, for every good thing, there seems to be a negative side to things. Last, but not least, let me point out one more aspect. The 2.5 inch drive bay is a great little feature, but will require you to tip over the chassis to install the SSD.
So if you really like the looks of the Thermaltake Element V, go ahead and grab yourself one, but do not expect to see a lot of true innovation inside the case. Be warned, for the price you are paying for this chassis, you may end up wanting features instead of pure looks.
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