Thermaltake Element G Case - Installation and Final Thoughts

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Thermaltake Element G Case
Case Features, Specs and Closer Look
Installation and Final Thoughts
 

System Installation:

The Thermaltake Element G doesn't have a removable motherboard tray and on this case I find that a bit of a pain.  The motherboard and heatsink combination that I used required that the heatsink be installed after the motherboard was installed, and there isn't much room at the top of the case to work with a large heatsink.   The Optical Disk Drives and other 5.25" devices require screws and are not tool-less.  The hard drives however are somewhat tool-less as you can install the guide screws with your fingers or a screwdriver if desired.  The drives slide into the cage with the connectors at the back in order to minimize cable clutter at the visible side of your case.

 ODD - Installed
ODD - Installed
Tool-less HDD
Tool-less HDD

 

When I installed a system into this case, I used the lengthy Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W PSU and was unable to keep the bottom piece of metal that acts as a 2.5" drive bay.  Because of this I couldn't use an SSD without a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter so instead I installed a pair of 640GB drives in RAID 0.  A normal length power supply won't have any issue however, and this case is not necessarily designed to hold three or more graphics cards - the Element G is about storage space.   While you certainly can install multiple cards, the case is a bit small for a Tri-SLI system or a massive CrossfireX setup.  

Installed

As you can see, the SATA cables connect to the backside of the drives and the cables can be routed more efficiently.  Due to the bottom mounted PSU and mid-tower design, the case appears to be a bit crowded - even with a single graphics card installed, but keep in mind that the ToughPower PSU is very large and there are some non-modular wires that need to be stuffed somewhere.  A normal sized PSU would help clean up the case.  There is still room for an additional five hard drives and another graphics card though, and this shows that there is still a lot of room left in this case.

 



Final Thoughts:

Lights At the end of the day, the Thermaltake Element G is a nice solid contender, but it has a couple of issues that I find a bit irritating.  First, the non-filtered side fan seems like an oversight that negates the benefit of filtered bottom and front intakes.  Also the PCI slots covers snap off to allow you to install cards, and there are no replacement blank covers.  This was a beef of ours with other cases in the past as well.  Finally, the case seems a little crowded at the top and it makes installing large heatsinks a little more tricky.

It's not all bad news though.  In fact some of the features on this case are downright impressive.  The hole in the motherboard tray makes installing large heatsinks a breeze.  Also the ventilation is very good and the fan controller is pretty handy as well.  As a bonus, the multi-colored LED fans add a touch of "Glitter" to the case and appeal to gamers and those who want to show off their gear.  The side fan power connector is genius and this eliminates the need to plug in a fan cable, and try to keep it in place while you slide on the side panel.

Pros:

  • Aggressive design for gamers
  • Sleek enough for a professional look
  • Support for seven 3.5" HDDs
  • Support for two 2.5" HDDs
  • Filters on front and bottom intakes
  • Good cable management
  • Side panel has great power connector 
  • Hole in mobo tray for CPU back plate installation

 

Cons:

  • Side fan has no filter
  • Crowded at top for HSF installation
  • No PCI slot covers

  BCCRating

Silver

As you can see, the "Pros" do in fact outweigh the "Cons" and while this case does have a few issues, it is still a good choice.  It has excellent ventilation, is very quiet and has large, slow fans that pump out a good amount of air with multi-colored lights.  The built-in fan controller is handy as well.  If you keep in mind that you could easily put 15TB (7 * 2TB 3.5" HDDs + 2 * 500GB 2.5" HDDs) of drives in this case, it is worth considering if you're a storage junkie.

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending over the Element G for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.