Thermaltake Element S Mid-Tower - Installation and Performance

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

Installation:

This is one of the best cases I have ever worked in, the edges of the metal is smooth bringing the cuts I get down to a minimum. The cable management is also at a premium, they had a slanted metal piece to the right of the motherboard with holes in it to run cables through the back where no one looks. However, there were no holes to bring the IDE cable and power to my optical drives, even though there were several down lower by the motherboard.

 



Performance:

To get things in perspective here is the test bench that I used. 

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor
  • 4gb Crucial Ballistix pc2-6400 ram
  • Nvidia nForce 680i SLI motherboard
  • 8800GT graphics card w/ Thermaltake DualOrb cooler
  • 500GB Seagate HDD

 

 Element S  Zero 2

  

So the temperatures seem to be a little bit higher than some of the other cases we have taken a look at. I think it has something to do with the PSU being on the bottom, so that all the hot air from the PSU rises through the Video Card as well as the CPU before getting sucked out.

Conclusion:

I enjoyed working with this case, it was nice to work inside, and although the cooling is not the best it makes up for it with cable management inside, even though it does have some holes in the design (or should I say lack of holes). The accessory package was very sufficient and the metal was nice. It is remarkable that this case isn't very heavy considering it is made of steel.  Also for 150$ USD (at time of writing) the value on the case is pretty good. You can still go higher, but this is a nicely placed  product at the high-mid range area.

 BCCRating

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for setting us up with the Element S.  It's not a perfect case by all means, but it has a lot of promise if you're a storage junkie (7x 2TB HDDs + 2x 512GB SSDs = 15TB).

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