ThermalTake Element G ReviewCompxpert - August 18, 2009
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Upon opening the Element G, the first thing you'll notice is that, not only is the outside black, but so is the inside. You'll also come across a package in the center of the case containing two 120mm fan holders that clip onto the front of the case. There is also a box in the upper right, which holds all the accessories for the Element G. Below that box is something I couldn't quite figure out. It is possible it is a fan grill for the two optional 60mm fans, but its hard to really tell since there is no documentation provided. I don't care that much though, since I would much rather rip into this and figure it out myself, rather than have to read directions. Besides, should a case design be that complicated that you have to read directions? The case also comes with quite a lot of accessory hardware to use. In the accessory box, you'll find that ThermalTake provides you plenty of screws and it even provides two zip-ties.
This case comes with a lot of wiring inside already, all of which are things that you and I see on nearly every case. Included with this wiring are cables for the PWR Switch, PWR LED, Reset, and HDD LED. Additionally, there are two hookups for USB, a hookup to the front panel audio, and a hookup to the fans, which utilize 4-pin molex connections.
Possibly the greatest feature is the amount of hard drives you can have inside this beast. It does feature a mere three 5.25" drive bays, but for your hard drive needs, it features a whopping seven 3.5" bays. As a bonus, this case also features the ability to directly mount 2.5" drives. Yes, that means you could even use SSDs with this case and not need an adapter.
I could not go on without also talking about how the power supply mounts. A removable cage in the bottom of the case surrounds the power supply and has extra hardware used in securing the power supply aside from the usual four screws in the back of the case. This comes in the form of an adjustable rail that helps in further securing the PSU. In addition, it also adds in mounting for up to two 2.5" drives.
Installation of all my components was very easy. ThermalTake put a good amount of holes leading to behind the motherboard tray and provides a great amount of space to run wires to and from the power supply. As you can see below, there is a big gap leading from where the power supply is to the back of the case, so you can run wires behind the motherboard tray. This made my wire management easy to do and quite good looking. There are also several sets of clips that can be used to help secure wires behind the motherboard tray. Additionally, as you can see, there is a hole directly behind where the heatsink lies, which would make it easy to swap in and out heatsinks without the trouble of having to remove the motherboard from the case. This makes its design almost as good as a removable motherboard tray. With great wire management features, I thought I would show off a part of the case you wouldn't ordinarily see; the back of the motherboard tray. As you can see, it is a slight mess back there, but with the panel closed this is no longer visable. Again, however, I am disappointed there is no side panel window for someone to see my great wiremanagement work, but you can see mine in in the finished build picture.