Thermaltake V9 VJ40001W2Z Reviewajmatson - October 23, 2008
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This is a mid tower case that has plenty of room to work in. One drawback is however, that the motherboard tray is not removable so all of the installation will have to take place inside the case. If you have big hands like mine sometimes that can be a task in itself. All of the drives, with the exception of the external 3.5" bays, in this case feature a tool less design, which makes it easy installing and removing any of the drives.
As I mentioned before, there are four 5.25" drive bays, two external 3.5" drive bays, and five 3.5" internal hard drive bays for you to install as much as you need. The external 5.25" and internal 3.5" bays feature a tooless design to secure the drives in place. Just twist the locking mechanism and pull the retention device away, slide in the drive and replace the retention mechanism and you are ready to go.
The power supply location in the Thermaltake V9 is positioned at the bottom of the case. This allows the power supply to draw cool air from under the case and push in out the back of the case without adding any additional hot air to the case. There is another removable dust cover located here to keep dirt from entering the case or the power supply. Above the PSU there are seven expansion slots for your expansion cards. These also feature a tooless design for making installing and removing the expansion cards a breeze. At the top back of the case is a 120mm exhaust fan located right behind the CPU and the voltage regulators which is where a lot of the heat comes from in a computer.
Above the 120mm fan at the top is the mega beast 230mm exhaust fan. This fan is pretty silent considering the size and does a great job removing warm air from your computer. Right below the 230mm fan on the motherboard tray is something I have never seen before. There is a cutout for a small 70x70x10mm fan that can be attached to the back of the motherboard tray and is designed to take warm air given off from the back of the motherboard and exhaust it out the right side of the case. This, in theory, will allow for lower motherboard temperatures, making it more stable.
Now that the case is all opened up let's install everything and test this baby out.