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Thermaltake Element V Full Tower

thermaltake element vBut there is one group of individuals that have not been given a case from the Element series. This group of individuals are the enthusiasts or extreme overclockers that go beyond air cooling and single GPU setups. These people are looking for a case that can house all their water-cooling gear as well as their multi-GPU installs. The same group of people that may have a have multiple raid configurations or just want a big case. The new Element V is that case.

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thermaltake element vBut there is one group of individuals that have not been given a case from the Element series. This group of individuals are the enthusiasts or extreme overclockers that go beyond air cooling and single GPU setups. These people are looking for a case that can house all their water-cooling gear as well as their multi-GPU installs. The same group of people that may have a have multiple raid configurations or just want a big case. The new Element V is that case.

 

Introduction to the Thermaltake Element V

Thermaltake has been take the new Element line and running with it. So far there have been three cases from the series: S, G, and T. Each of which is aimed at two different crowds. The S model is aimed at the professional, G model after the gamers and the T for the budget minded individual. All of them are really nice cases and have their own features that will appeal to their targeted groups.

But there is one group of individuals that have not been given a case from the Element series. This group of individuals are the enthusiasts or extreme overclockers that go beyond air cooling and single GPU setups. These people are looking for a case that can house all their water-cooling gear as well as their multi-GPU installs. The same group of people that may have a have multiple raid configurations or just want a big case. The new Element V is that case.

We said the Element V is a big and we mean it. The case stands a whooping 21″ tall and has a depth of just over 21″ making this case ideal for those that need and want a big case. The Element V comes in one color only and that is black. And being from the same family as the other Element models you know it is going to be able to put on a light show. Just what else does the Element V have to offer? You will have to read on to find out.

Thermaltake on the Element V

Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, launches the newest full-tower PC case for demanding gamers and power-users. The Element V offers optimized airflow characteristics with 5 pre-installed heavy-duty fans, while leaving room for another 3 upgrade fans. Two 120 mm front mounted fans are blowing outside air directly through and over the drive bays with an additional oversized 230 cm ColorShift fan at the side panel taking in a vast amount of outside air and distributing it over graphics cards and CPU. Two exhaust fans in the upper area remove uprising hot air; one 120 mm rear side TurboFan and one big size ColorShift fan in the top panel. No matter how much peripherals you throw at this case, you can always rest assured they won’t ever be an air-congestion. You will rather stay cool and calm.

For users you like a vivid look and enjoy giving their case a character of it’s own, the three ColorShift fan provide you with 6 color option that can static or in motion. Adjustment of the three ColorShift fans’ color scheme and fan speed are conveniently done by a dual-function know on the top front side.

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Specifications

ModelVL20001W2Z
Case TypeFull Tower
Dimension (H x W x D)532 x 220 x 537 mm
(20.9 x 8.7 x 21.1 inch)
Net Weight14.13 kg / 31.15 lb
Side PanelOpen Window
ColorBlack
MaterialSECC
Cooling SystemFront (intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (1000~1400rpm,17dBA)
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan x 1(1400rpm,17dBA)
Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1400rpm,17dBA)
Top (exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 20 mm Colorshift fan (600~800rpm, 12~14dBA)
200 x 200 x 20 mm x 1(optional)
VGA (exhaust) :
50 x 50 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Side (intake) :
Plug&Play 230 x 230 x 20 mm Colorshift fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
Drive Bays12
– Accessible : 5 x 5.25’’
– Hidden : 6 x 3.5’’, 1 x 2.5’’
Expansion Slots7
Motherboards9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX) , 12” x 13” (Extend ATX)
I/O PortsUSB 2.0 x 4, eSATA x 1, HD Audio x 1
PSUStandard PS2 PSU
LCS UpgradableSupport 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube
Removable PSU BridgeYes
Adjustable PSU BridgeYes

Features

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Voodoo
– Colorshift Fan with 6 color changing pattern for optimal gaming   experience.
Vivid
– Three color shifting fans creates most eye catching appearance.
Vary
– Adjustable fan speed control for performance mode or silent mode.
Ventilation
– Excellent thermal performance with optimized air flow.
Vast
– Support up to 11X5.25” drive bay or 5X5.25” and 6X3.5” with 2 iCage.

Closer look at the outside of the Element V

On the outside of the Element V we have a mixture of metal and plastic. The two makes for a nice looking case. The plastic area of the front would be the border which trims the metal inter mesh area. The mesh travels from the top of the case down to the bottom. This same style has been shared with several other companies over the past two years or so. And it is a style that many consumers love thus the reason for the style being used over and over. The Element V stands less than 21 inches in height which would put it in the category of a full tower. And the weight which is 31 pounds isn’t surprising as steel makes up a majority of the material used.

The Element V front facial is made entirely of mesh which we have seen with numerous cases of the past few months. Located at the top of the front are five 5.25″ bays. Traveling down the front is a longer opening which hidden behind the mesh is dual 120mm cooling fans. Thermaltake really went like on the flash with the Element series which we really like a lot.

The top of the case is evident that Thermaltake was thinking air circulation with the Element V. The rear of the top is a vented area that hides possible locations for two 200mm cooling fans. One fan is provided the other not. Heading towards the front you see a well populate I/O area that consists of four USB ports sitting side by side. Advantage here is you don’t have to worry about a fat flash drive making it difficult to use a neighboring port. Included are audio ports and one eSATA plug. A knob controls the flow of the included fans as well as their colors. To the left and right we have the reset and power buttons.

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Just one of the side panels of the Element V is what we would call exciting. That side would be the left side. First of all it requires two latches to be pulled in order to even get inside the tower. Nice for those that don’t want to always replace at the thumb screws when removing the panel. Many of us are familiar with windows on side panels the Element V does have one. A very small one. A small rectangle that will give you visual access to the top half of the motherboard. Underneath that is a rather large 230mm color changing cooling fan. Front intake comes via side mesh covered opening along side of the front facial.

 

The rear of the case displayed what we have seen time and time again. This Element V is of bottom PSU design. The first and only problem we see with this type of design is that most power supplies will need some such of extension for the aux 12v power connection. For rear exhaust a 120mm cooling fan is supplied.

Closer look at the outside of the Element V

The inside of the case is made mostly of the steel with the exception of the plastic tool-less mechanisms and the fans. The inside is spacious enough to house all that you would need to in a case. Even the larger EATX motherboards can fit comfortable in the Element V. A growing feature in the case manufacturing today is the hole cut in motherboard for access tot he back half of the CPU cooler. We have found out in recent history that many companies are accounting for socket 1156 layouts. Making it difficult to get to the CPU cooler as the CPU socket is placed more towards the center of the motherboard. Unfortunately the Element V suffer from this as well.

The front of the Element can house plenty of drives and other front devices. Each of the devices will be held in place using plastic locks making the need for screws obsolete. This includes the top five bays which are designed to hold 5.25″ devices. For smaller 3.5″ devices there are two cages that can hold three drives each. Each cage is equipped with 120mm fans which blows over the drives and into the case. Here is an example of the plastic locks for holding down the drives.

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The bottom where the power supply sites is fully adjustable to allow for different size power units. Here is a close up of the 230mm color changing fan at the top of the case. An additional fan can be purchased from TT for the unoccupied space.

The rear of the case looks pretty standard. A 120mm nine blade fan reside in the rear. Thermaltake decided against quick releasing clips for the expansion slots. Many people like the screw in idea as they feel it is more secure.

Here we have the Element in all its nakedness.

Installation

We spent a short time placing some of the components it takes to build a PC. We felt that we owe it to you the reader to see visual how much space you will be working with if you decide to go this route.

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Conclusion

The Thermaltake Element V is a great case for someone looking for more space. It offers tons of room for drives and other front panel devices that people like to insert in there builds. The steel infrastructure makes it a very strong and sturdy case. Some may look at plastic as a no-no on cases which the Element V does have some but very little of it. Only the bezel around the mesh front is plastic and some portions of the top. And speaking of the top I really like how Thermaltake arranged the I/O area of the case. Everything is spaced out and makes it easy to insert up to four fat thumb drives into the USB ports.

For those that are looking for a case that allows you to easily upgrade your future as well as route cables with ease. The Element V offers both. The motherboard tray has a small opening for switching out coolers in no time as all. For the neat freaks you have plenty of openings in the motherboard tray to hide all those messy cables in the rear of the tray.

For those that are afraid of all mesh front panels maybe because of dust issues will be happy to know Thermaltake includes filters in front of the fans to eliminate this problem. And to control the speeds and colors of the fans there is a large knob that does just that. Once again eliminating the need to add in a device to do it.

As much as I like the Element V I wish it could have shared a feature of the Element S. And that would be having a black interior. Black insides is the fad right now. And a few nice one. Even with non-black components they would look a lot better on a solid black background.

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