Thermaltake Element S Mid-Tower - First Thoughts and Impressions

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Thermaltake Element S Mid-Tower
First Thoughts and Impressions
Installation and Performance
 

First Thoughts/Impressions:

The first thing i noticed as I pulled the case out of the box was that it was plastic, most cases are aluminum or steel (very heavy) but the outside of this case was different. The inside however was something they called SECC. Doing some research online yielded this result.

Sheet steel,
Electrolytically coated (with zinc, typically),
Cold-rolled,
Commercial quality.


It actually felt really nice and smooth to the touch, it was easy to work in and didn`t have any edges to get cut on that happen so frequently in other cases.


This case has a separate compartment for the PSU at the bottom making cable management a lot easier. Since the cables are at the bottom worries about them falling down from the top are gone. Also since the case is so wide, it has rails for the PSU to be situated in the center with airflow moving all around it, so that the Power Supply won`t blow up as easily.

 

With a massive drive bay accommodation (7 3.5 inch bays) there are no rails this time, so you actually have to screw things in! The good news is that the cage is able to be taken completely out of the case and then putting the drives in will be a much easier task than having to work inside the case. They also have a slightly abnormal design for the bays, rather than having the HDDs sit on a couple planks of metal they have them sit on the screws themselves which they provide quite large heads for.


The I/O panel on the top of the case is nice for accessibility however when it is in a cubby hole situation or on top of a desk it's not so hot. I also really like the all black insides, most cases at this level have the regular silver looking stuff but it's kind of nice for a change.

At the back of the case I noticed as I was running my power cables that there is a hole underneath the CPU which provides easy access to the back of the motherboard without taking out the board. This is really handy in case I wanted to upgrade my CPU cooler to a custom one, say the Domino, which requires a back plate, this simple feature actually cuts the work down by at least 5 minutes and cuts the headaches involved in half.

This case also provide lots of options for cooling as well, while I didn`t receive the case with the fan on the side, I notice that it is really easy to get at the optional fan on the front making for a nice cool 10$ upgrade. If you're the type to have 5TB of storage with as many drives as possible, then I would definitely recommend pimping the case out a bit.

On the next page we'll drop a system into this case and then compare the cooling performance with another case we've recently reviewed.