Thermaltake V3 Black Budget Case

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Posted by on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 7:30am

v3 blackThermaltake has recently released the V3 Black Edition. The press release was listed on many hardware sites. And from the P.R. there was two facts that stood out. The first was the price. The V3 Black, a mid size tower, can be had for a mere $39.99. This is pennies compared to many other cases on the market. The second fact: the V3 Black has a completely black painted interior. This is unheard of in low dollar cases. Leave it to Thermaltake to be the first. But is this all the V3 Black has to offer.

Introduction to the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

Normally, when you see cases on the pages of Pro-Clockers, they range from budget to extreme. So far the price of a budget case on this site has been about $60 or so. From this point up to $100 is the range that most of our readers are looking at. Anything above that for one would be too expensive. Those below this price would lack the visually characteristics we like. Many times, they would lack features we want. Well, it looks as if things are changing.

There are a couple of companies building cases that will not break the bank. Antec has their Two Hundred, Coolermaster has their Centurion and NZXT even has the Beta. These are all pretty good cases for the price, but Thermaltake is about to one-up them with their new low budget offering.

Thermaltake has recently released the V3 Black Edition. The press release was listed on many hardware sites. And from the P.R. there was two facts that stood out. The first was the price. The V3 Black, a mid size tower, can be had for a mere $39.99. This is pennies compared to many other cases on the market. The second fact: the V3 Black has a completely black painted interior. This is unheard of in low dollar cases. Leave it to Thermaltake to be the first. But is this all the V3 Black has to offer.

Thermaltake on the V3 Black Edition

Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, launches the newest mid-tower PC case in their V-Series for value-conscious users. The Thermaltake V3 Black Edition comes in an entirely black coating from the inside to the outside, lending it stylish looks and a degree of individuality. A transparent window at the back end of the left side panel allows for a look inside the case. This way the brilliant blue beams of the pre installed 120 mm rear exhaust-fan can emanate in a black-bluish array. A perforated black mesh front panel offers optimized airflow and a sleek design.


Specifications

Model VL80001W2Z
Case Type Middle Tower
Dimension (H x W x D) 430.0 x 190.0 x 473.0 mm
(16.9 x 7.5 x 18.6 inch)
Net Weight 4.6 kg / 10.1 lb
Side Panel Transparent Window
Color Exterior & Interior: Black
Material SECC
Cooling System Front (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)
Rear (Exhaust) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Top (Exhaust) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)
Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)
Drive Bays 10
Accessible : 4 x 5.25’’, 1 x 3.5’’
Hidden : 4 x 3.5’’, 1 x 2.5”
Expansion Slots 7
Motherboards Micro ATX , Standard ATX
I/O Ports USB2.0 x 2, MIC & Speaker (support AC’97 & HD Audio)

Features

- Black coating makes stylish inside look
- Bottom-placed PSU design for better and easier installation
- Metal mesh front bezel for maximum air intake
- Built-in filter in 5.25” drive bay and PSU to keep dust away
- Rear 120mm silent fan with brilliant Blue LED


Closer look at the exterior

I will begin this with the following statement: The V3 Black is a modest case for someone looking for an inexpensive case with visual appeal. When we pulled the case from the box, we noticed this. The case is short and very light weight. I was debating between light weight in a good way or in a bad way. I would think it would be to the individual. As I found it to be too light - close to being flimsy. It definitely does not possess the sturdiness we have seen from other Thermaltake cases for slightly more money like the Wing RS.

For maximum airflow, most of the front panel is mesh. Even in the budget range of cases, you are entitled to the current trend. The front panell is easy to remove. All you have to do is pull from the bottom outward. Doing this it makes it easier to access one of the four 5.25" or the single 3.5" bays. The midpoint of the case is the I/O area, consisting of two USB 2.0 ports and two audio jacks. To the left is the power and reset buttons. The mesh at the bottom houses an interior 120mm case fan, which is not included.

Moving around the case, we land at the left side panel which consists of a very small window. The window is so small that the only area inside the case you will be able to see is the CPU cooler. I wandered through out the review why even put such a small window on this case. Below that is a small ventilation area. The right panel is simple a solid piece of metal.

The top of the case is the ideal place for two more cooling fans, but are not included with the case.

I think the rear of this case is one of the best features of it. I really like that Thermaltake made such an inexpensive case with a black interior. And you get the first evidence of this from the rear. The only fan included with the V3 Black is located here.


Closer look at the interior

Opening up the case, the first thing that draws all attention is the blacked out interior. There isn't any other color inside this case, but black. Real nice for those that want to have a completely black theme. Throwing another color into the build would really bring out the blackness. There are no holes in the motherboard tray for cable management, but there are locations where you can fasten cable ties to tame your extra cables. One thing not missing is the CPU cooler opening for the easier access to the back of the cooler.

The front of the house has plenty of room for storage and optical drives. Four optical drives bays is more than enough. If you are a storage fiend, you can have up to four in the interior smaller bays. And like I said earlier there is no front mounted fan.

The rear of the case is standard by today's standards. However, we are happy Thermaltake did include one fan in this case. The power supply tray at the bottom of the case is adjustable to fit random size units. In order to secure expansion cards to the case it is done from the outside.


Conclusion

There are two things that really stand out with the new Thermaltake V3 Black. One is the price. We searched Google and Shopping for prices on the V3 and we found the case could be had for $40 to $50. Not bad for anyone that is on a budget, but still in need of a good looking case to show off to friends and family.

The second thing that will impress, not only me, but the masses. The all black interior. We are seeing more and more websites state one of the negatives of a case is not having a black interior. In these instances, the cases are usually on the upper end of the price range. When it comes to the V3, you get that much wanted black inside for a low price of $40. Thank you Thermaltake, from all of those looking for this option in a smaller cheaper case.

I know the goal from the V3 was to offer a good case for a low price. But we can not ignore the fact this case only has one fan included. At least one more in the front should be added to give the case the classic front fan blowing cool air in and the rear one exhausting it.

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