ThermalTake Element V ReviewCompxpert - December 1, 2009
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And now here we move on to the inside of the case. The first thing you notice I bet, are the 5.25" bays going down the whole front along with their tool-less hardware. This design is also akin to the Armor Series cases. Also similar and discussed in the paragraph below this one, are the front fans that are attached to your 3.5" drive cage. Moving onto the back, you see many holes in the board tray in the back - more on those later. You'll also notice the holes for wires and the wires that are included with the case are tied up at the moment. Moving on, we have our back-plate hole, which believe it or not, is a nice thing to have on any case, since it makes taking off the heatsink a cinch, since you no longer have to remove the motherboard. Finally, we show the front of the case, which has only one LED fan and a plain fan. I still can't figure out why ThermalTake didn't include another LED fan here, as it would have been much better with two in the front.
Moving onto the drive bays. Here in the first picture you will see the giant array of available 5.25" drive bays. We are also shown in the neighboring picture, that the bottom-most portion of the case houses the HDD cages as well as a single 2.5" drive slot at the very bottom, which utilizes indentations in the bottom of the case to attach. Amazingly, if you need to, you could even purchase another HDD cage and have a grand total of nine HDD bays and still have room for two 5.25" devices. I have pictured the LED fan HDD cage to show the details of this. Moving onto the next picture you will find a plethora of holes for standoffs. The extra standoffs support Extended ATX (EATX) which can even be found on Dual Core Xeon Nehalem architecture for server motherboards. I would say that's a plus in my book.
Moving on I will familiarize you with the resting place of the PSU and the bracket that supports it. The bracket is designed to move around for larger or smaller PSU accommodations. Of note also are the PCI expansion slots. They are not tool-less. However, this I don't mind, as I feel that many tool-less designs make my cards feel too free-moving. Below those images we have our cables (missing from the picture is the eSATA plug, but everything else is there along with the USB connections, audio, and front panel connections like HDD LED and PLED, as well as the switches).
Next we have fans and wow, do we have a lot of them in this case. Normally most cases I have received have around three fans in total, but this one ships with five fans in total and still has room for a sixth if you want to add it later. Out of all the fans, all but two are LED light fans. The front two fans are both 120mm as well as the rear fan, but the side and top fans are both 200mm. All three LED fans are changeable in speed thanks to the provided fan controller. The front LED fan can range between 900 and 1200rpm while pushing 35.01-46.67 CFM at a quiet 17dBA. The remaining front fan comes in at almost the same spec as the LED fan also pushing 46.67 CFM at 17dBA, but it runs at 1400rpm instead of 1200rpm. The rear fan is also the same as the front non-LED counterpart, but it pushes 50 CFM instead. Lastly, there are the two 200mm fans which also share similar specifications, but differ in CFM. Both run in a 600/800rpm range at 14dBA, but the top fan pushes 49.735-65.3 CFM, while the side pushes 57.0-76 CFM.
Here now we have our included accessories which feature zip-ties of all things. It's really nice to see that many manufacturers of cases are including these. We also have a speaker if you need it and two grommets for water cooling tubes and of course assorted screws. Here we also find that the case has shipped with a manual included.
Well we've about covered everything so what is left? Installation of course. Installation went flawlessly for the most part. I was disappointed I couldn't bring my 8-pin CPU connector up behind the motherboard tray, but this is really a limitation on the length for my PSU cable. However, this does work with just about every mid-tower I've used. Other than that, everything else was smooth as butter and as you can see, Thor's Hammer can fit its other fan in with the case fan just fine too, so there is plenty of room to be found in this case. One other thing I will have to mention from reading the manual, is that your video card length cannot be over 13.5 inches, which leaves you hoping video cards don't get any longer than the HD 5870 x2.
Let's move on to specifications and features, shall we?