Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review :: Exterior

12-03-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Front

Front

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Left ¾ view

Left ¾ view

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Right ¾ view

Right ¾ view

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Right side

Right side


The Element V case is a full tower case that comes in a solid black color. The front of the case has the Thermaltake logo on top, with five 5.25” external drive bays. Each of the drive bays has a mesh cover and is easily removed by pulling the front panel off and popping the cover off. The case actually has room for 11 total 5.25” drives but these must be installed inside the case.


Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Front Top

Front Top

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review FP I/O

FP I/O

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Top

Top

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Left side

Left side


The top of the case has a rather extensive FP I/O area. This case has an external SATA port, four USB 2.0 ports, Microphone and Headset jacks, Power and HDD activity lights, a fan control knob, and the Power and Reset buttons in the FP I/O area. The inclusion of the external SATA port is welcome as SATA has replaced the IDE for most drives including optical and HDD. One nice touch is the Reset and Power buttons are large, easy to identify so you won’t be looking far to Reset the computer.


Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Latch with lock

Latch with lock

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Transparent window

Transparent window

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review 230mm fan and window

230mm fan and window

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Rear

Rear


The side panel on the left side of the case has a 230mm fan. This is an Intake fan designed to draw in air to cool the graphics cards. The left side panel has two latches that are used for taking the side panels off the case. The top latch has the case lock. There is also a small transparent window above the 230mm fan to see into the case where the CPU is normally located on the motherboard.

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review 120mm rear fan-security loop

120mm rear fan-security loop

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review PSU hole

PSU hole

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Case feet and bottom grill

Case feet and bottom grill

The back of the case has the usual components of the rear with one or two exceptions. There is a security loop that you thread your keyboard and mouse wires through. The way it works is there is a screw that is screwed in securing the loop on the inside of the case once the wires are in place. This prevents theft of the keyboard and mouse at a LAN party. There is also two holes for the Liquid Cooling System.