Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case

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Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case
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Product(s): Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case
Provided By: Thermaltake

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Introduction: 

Today we've got the Thermaltake Element V full tower case on the BCCHardware test bench. The Element V is part of Thermaltake's Element case series and has enough room for 11 drives of various configurations.

The Element V has a ton of features aimed at the enthusiast/gamer, or in Thermaltake's words "made for e-sports". The Element V also features a built-in fan controller as well as three color-shifting fans that have 6 color changing settings. Airflow shouldn't be a problem with this case as it comes with 5 fans built-in and has room for another 3.

Let's take a closer look at the Element V to see what it's all about in the next section.

 

First Impressions:

Seeing as the Element V is a full tower, the box for this case is pretty hefty. Everything is nicely packaged inside and should easily combat any damage that your neighborhood delivery man may throw its way.

 

Element V Box
Thermaltake Element V - Packaging
Front
Thermaltake Element V - Front View

The Element V case comes with a mini side window, which should be enough for you to take a peek inside if you need to, however not enough for you to have to worry about cable clutter too much, I guess this smaller window is a happy medium for people who just can't decide if they want a window in their case or not.

Also included is a side 230mm fan which has built-in LED "colorshift" fan that is controlled by the built-in fan controller on the top of the case.

Case Side
Thermaltake Element V - Side View
Fan Side
Thermaltake Element V - Side View

The Element V features a built-in fan controller and is easy to use thanks to the dial on the top of the case (pictured below). This knob also controls the built-in lights and with a press rotates through the colors (or turns the lights off completely). You also have easy access to 4 USB port, 1 e-SATA, mic and headphone ports, as well as power and reset buttons.

Front Profile
Thermaltake Element V - Top View
Top Controls
Thermaltake Element V - Controls

The power supply in the Element V case is bottom mounted (pictured below) and has a filter on the bottom where the power supply draws in cool air. You might want to make sure your power supply has long cables as some older power supplies need an extension cable to plug into the motherboard, but this is the issue with all cases that have the power supply mounted on the bottom.

PSU Hole
Thermaltake Element V - Rear View (Power Supply)
Case Bottom
Thermaltake Element V - Bottom View

Top of the case is open and will allow the heat to escape quite easily. Included with this case is a top-mounted 200mm "colorshift" fan and room for a 2nd fan if you feel the need for even more airflow. The back of the case comes with one 80mm fan and you've got room for 2 other smaller 50mm fans if you need even more airflow (chances are good you won't need any more airflow....).

Top View
Thermaltake Element V - Top View
Rear Of Case
Thermaltake Element V - Rear View

As you can see in the picture below (right), all the slots for your motherboard are very clearly labeled and should make for easy motherboard installation.

Top Grill
Thermaltake Element V - Inside View
Side Open
Thermaltake Element V - Inside View

In the next set of pictures (right) I have removed the front bezel and you can see that the Element V case comes with 2 120mm fans in the front of the case to help keep all your hard drives nice and cool. One of the drives is a "colorshift" fan and both are controlled by the fan controller knob on the top of the case.

Side Open Profile
Thermaltake Element V - Side View (Side Panel Removed)
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Thermaltake Element V - Front Bezel Removed


All 11 drive bays in the Element V case are tool-less and make for easy drive installation and removal. Quite a few cases come with a few tool-less drive bays, however Thermaltake has given you easy drive access on all 11 bays which could come in handy if you need to run a ton of optical drives and hard drives. The hard drive bays also support 2.5" Hard drives as well as SSD's. The hard drive racks hold up to 6 hard drives which should be enough for most users with plenty of room to spare.

Drive Bays
Thermaltake Element V - Drive Bays
Front Side
Thermaltake Element V - Front View

There we go, that's the Thermaltake Element V case, in the next sections we'll put a system inside and see how it performs.