Thermaltake V9 BlacX Reviewairman - March 1, 2011
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Having already reviewed several Thermaltake cases since my reviewing days began at OCC, and owning several more previous to that, I have always had good luck with performance and features from Thermaltake. Thermaltake has long since had a powerful influence in the PC enthusiast market, starting with cases and heatsinks and in the past five years, spilling over into power supplies, hard drive docks, and even water cooling units. Even though Thermaltake didn't start getting popular until after 2000, it feels like it has been a part of the industry for much longer than that. Thermaltake's "appeal" typically comes from its high-end, extreme-looking cases and overall wide range of products catering to those who wish to stand out next to a more general, generic case or other product.
This review will cover Thermaltake's relatively new V9 BlacX, which is a mid-tower case around the $100 price range with a built-in, dual hard drive dock, USB 3.0, super quiet fans, and I'm sure several other features. I will perform a complete evaluation of the Thermaltake V9 BlacX from unboxing, exterior and internal features, along with a thorough testing of the case's performance under extreme temperatures and heat loads followed by my conclusion and a final rating. With that being said, let's get started.
The packaging for the Thermaltake V9 BlacX is standard to that of Thermaltake, and like most others as well. The background color is high gloss black with a quarter-angle picture of the case featured in the front, but in low light to show the internal lighting of the case. The front accentuates a couple of the important features, such as integrated USB3.0 and the built-in, dual docking station for hard drives located on the top of the case. It also has the WCG (World Community Grid) logo on the top of the front face, noting that it is listed as "2010 Official Hardware." I can't really find any information regarding this statement, as it's not listed on the Thermaltake website nor anything specific elsewhere online after a brief search. Moving on, the left side of the case has a large amount of text, in different languages, translating all of the information found elsewhere on the box. Next, like usual, the rear of the box lists the key features offered by the V9 BlacX. Some of these include the USB3.0 support, along with internal and external features such as the cooling layout and the hard drive docks. The right side of the box seems to just list the specific part number of the case, along with other packaging standard "icons."
Opening the package will reveal the V9 BlacX sandwiched between two white pieces of Styrofoam and wrapped inside of a plastic bag. There is also a piece of masking tape on the front bezel, for reasons I am unsure of. It most likely secures the drive bay covers in place to prevent them from falling out or shifting during shipment. The included accessories with the V9 BlacX are minimal. These supplies include a bag of screws and standoffs and the user manual with a warranty card folded inside.
With the case out of the box, it's time to take a closer look at the exterior features. This evaluation is located on the next page.