Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ReviewCompxpert - March 11, 2010
» Discuss this article (3)
Finally, we move on to the innards of the case. At first glance, once the left side panel is removed, there is the baggie of hardware, the wires for front panel connections, and the included fan. Moving on, we can see the front panel comes off, although not easily, which is great since it's not going to just fall off. Behind the front panel is some filter material to filter the air coming in of dust and contaminants. Surprisingly, the front panel connections are not physically part of the panel, which is nice so you don't pull out wire connections when removing the front panel. With the right side removed, we can see that there isn't really much in the way of holes in the motherboard tray to run wires through. The space between the motherboard tray and internal drive bays is quite large, so there is plenty of room for large expansion cards, among other things.
One of the greatest things about this case is that, even for the price, there are some nice features built-in. Here we have just one of those nice features, with tool-less hardware. There is one tool-less lock for each item, which includes one for the external 5.25" bay, one for the external 3.5" bay, and one for the internal 3.5" bay. Internally there are four 2.5" internal bays, one 2.5" external, and four 5.25" bays.
Taking a further peek inside, there is the fan filter for the PSU. It would be nice if it was removable with out having to remove the PSU though. We also have the big hole in the motherboard tray which makes it easy to swap out heatsinks that use rear attaching brackets, without having to remove the motherboard. On the rear of the case, we have holes for watercooling tubes to run in and out the case from the outside. Finally, we have the fan, which is a 120mm bright blue LED type fan. It runs at a max of 1300RPM, pushes a modest 50CFM, and is rated at a quiet 17dbA.
Now we get a look at the manual and hardware. The manual simply goes into detail of how to install hardware into the case. Provided with the case also is a speaker, which I can't say I've seen in any other case I've received. There is a bag of hardware which includes several screws for the motherboard, PSU, and other useful components.
Moving on, we have our internal connections for the front panel audio, USB, power switch, reset switch, power LED, and HDD LED. Lastly, we have the finished product. Assembly was quite easy and went off with out a hitch. However, the case could have stood to have more space between the top of the motherboard tray and top of the case. Once installed, it was hard to put the second fan on the heatsink, as there was so little space. In fact, there was just enough space for the fan to fit up against the top. Though this prevents you from having a fan above a push pull configuration heatsink, I found that it still is possible to use the second fan area on the top panel. Wire management could have been better, but with the way the harddrives go in, frontward as opposed to sideways, it was hard to find something large enough to hide excess wires behind.
So we've seen all there is to see here, but how well does this case perform compared to the competition?