Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review :: Exterior

10-04-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Front

Front

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Front cover removed

Front cover removed

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Right side

Right side

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Left Side

Left Side


Starting at the front of the case we find that Thermaltake has decided to include only three 5.25 drive bays for optical drives. The truth is, most people have little use for more than two optical drives with a Blu-Ray disc and a DVD-RW drive being the most that most people need on their computer. The front of the case has a large area for the 200mm Front fan. Note you can also install two 120mm fans in this position.


Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Top

Top

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review USB and Audio

USB and Audio

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Knob

Knob

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Power button

Power button


The top of the case has a knob that controls both the fan speed and color of the fans. To speed up the fans turn the knob. To change the color of the fans in operation simply press the knob. This is an easy to use knob that gives you good control over the fan. Next to the knob is the Power and Reset buttons. The FP I/O on the case consists of two USB 2.0 ports, a Headphone jack and the Mic jack.


Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Rear

Rear

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review 140mm fan

140mm fan

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Two 60mm fans

Two 60mm fans

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Case Review Front 200mm fan

Front 200mm fan


The rear of the case has the openings for the 7 PCI slot covers right where they should be in a case. A 140mm fan is on the rear of the case providing proper cooling. There are also two mounting holes for two 60mm fans to cool the VGA area. There are two cut-out areas for Water Cooling that are not cut out or fitted with a Rubber Grommet

On the rear of the top of the case is another 200mm fan housing. This fan is identical to the front fan with the same RPM and dBA as that fan. The left side of the case has a 230mm fan. This fan has a higher RPM (1000RPM) and dBA than the 200mm fans. One really cool feature of the Thermaltake case is there is no power connector to connect to the external Molex but to the knob via a three way connector. This allows the knob to control the speed and color of the fan. The front panel is easy to remove simply pull on the latch on the bottom of the front panel to remove it giving access to the front fans and the CD-ROM cover.