Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Mid-Tower Case
|Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Mid-Tower Case|
|Specifications and Features|
|Installation and System Setup|
|Final Thoughts and Rating|
It's been a while since we've been able to take a look at a case from Thermaltake, but today we are going to change that when we take a look at the Thermaltake V9 Black Edition case. This case is a mid-tower size and is aimed at the gaming market and packs a fair amount of features into a solid case.
Case design has advanced fairly quickly over the past couple years, and now a case with a MSRP of ~$150.00 USD come with a whole lot more features than a case in that price range would have even a year ago. I'll highlight some of the major features of the V9 Black Edition case in this section.
Right away with the V9 Black Edition case you'll see that cooling was a very big part of the design, and thanks to some big fans, cooling should be the very least of your worries.
One thing to note (as you can see in the pictures above and below, and probably already noticed) is that the power supply will fit into the bottom of the case. This design has become popular recently, and it helps keep the power supply cooler (by drawing air in from the bottom of the case instead of the warm air coming off the CPU). This design is pretty common anymore, and just like with other cases you're going to want to make sure your power supply has long enough connectors to reach all the connections on your motherboard, otherwise you might be shopping for 24-Pin extension cables.
Another interesting feature is a fan filter on the bottom of the case (right below where the power supply goes, pictured below). At first I wondered what the reasoning behind this might be (since most the other fans do not have fan filters). I've come to the conclusion that this is to prevent carpet fibers (since a good majority of users put the case on the floor) and other floor debris from being sucked up into your power supply. This is a welcome feature and might save you an overheating (or malfunctioning) power supply down the road.
In the pictures below you'll see that the hard drive rack has a little bit of additional cooling, which is a nice addition for someone who is thinking of adding a couple nice and toasty hard drives.
In the picture below (left) you will see the side panel 230mm fan that is included with the V9 Black Edition case. This side panel fan is not included with the V9 case and is one of the features that separates the V9 case with the V9 Black Edition case. This case also has built-in support for water cooler (pictured below, right), which will save you cutting holes in your case if you decide to go the water cooling route.
So there we go, that's what the V9 Black Edition case is all about, let's move onto the next section of this review.