ThermalTake Element T ReviewCompxpert - August 20, 2009
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The first thing you notice that is different between the Element T and G is the side panel. No I don't mean that fact that it's missing a fan either. I mean it doesn't slide off. Once you have the thumbscrews off, the panel just pulls off at an angle. On the opposite side of the panel from the screw holes is a metal hinge that pivots. Once the side panel is off you'll notice that the inside isn't painted either. Also to note that the hard drive bay itself, mounts from the very inside of the case, as opposed to mounting from the side of the case. This makes it harder to hide wires. Also different from the G is that there is no accessory box. What they give you instead is a bag filled with a bunch of different types of screws. No wire-ties here, just the basics.
ThermalTake did at least do something special for the T. They added in two tool-less features one for the 5.25" bay and another for the 3.5" bay. However these only will work for one drive each so beyond that, you're going to need screws which they do provide in the form of large thumb screws. Also the hard drive cage is not detachable like it is in the G, but it does hold up to six hard drives. Hard drives front mount instead of side mount, so cables will be visible.
Some of what ThermalTake provides as pre-installed cabling are your typical front panel connections. There are connections for PWR SW, PWR LED, HDD LED, and Reset. Additionally as you may have noticed there is a front panel USB input, which also has internal wiring. There is also an HD audio connection. Lastly there are two four-pin Molex connections for the two fans that they provide with the case.
As with the Element G the Element T mounts the PSU on the bottom. On the bottom there is an adjustable bracket which is moved by removing the screws from the bottom of the case and moving the bar to the desired location and then re-securing it with the screws. Missing from the T are holes around the PSU wires to move wires behind the motherboard tray, which would have been nice to have for cable management.
Installation was very easy, just like the G. Yes, just like the G there is a spot on the T that when the motherboard is installed, would allow you to remove your heatsink without removing the board. Apart from that, they provide no holes to access the rear of the case. Though the wire management capability isn't great, I made the best of what I could do with it and mostly tucked excess wires up in the HDD bays. Of course there is the same con with T as with the G - there is no side panel window. But with the wire managment capability of this case, I'm not so sure I want people to see it really.
Well, the wire management may not be that great and we might be mostly fan-less, but maybe the performance won't be so bad. Let's at least move on and see what the T can do.