The front of the Element V comes with two 120mm fans for intake, which will also blow fresh cool air over your HDDs in their iCages.
The side panel’s 230mm fan will help bring in fresh air to your hardware components, keeping them nice and cool for long gaming sessions.
The exhaust area comes with one 120mm fan on the back of the case and two 200mm fans on the top of the Element V.
The Element V LED lighting comes in three solid LED colors: red, green, and blue. By messing with the Colorshift fans, you can get pretty creative. Below is a video of the Colorshift fans in action.
The Thermaltake Element V is a massive, full-tower case able to handle just about anything you throw at it. As you could see in the installation, it held our GTX 590 with no problem at all, with plenty of clearance between it and the 5.25″ bay area. The latches on the side panel provide a little extra security for your hardware, because you can lock it to help prevent unwanted access. The airflow provided by the Element V is good enough to keep all your precious hardware nice and cool.
The Colorshift fans will add to the overall aesthetic look of the case and help it stand out and make it a showpiece (as if the towering black monolith needed much help looking impressive). The wire management solution the Element V provides, was good enough to hide the unused wires from site, which gives it a nice clean look. With the Element V sporting a nice fan control knob on the front, it is great for easy control over your system, as well as the LED color of your choice.
The dust filtration on the Element V, however, was both good and bad. The front intake and the bottom PSU intake were very well protected, but the side intake was not protected at all. We have seen this from a few companies with big side panel fans and are still not entirely certain why they do not provide any help in that area, unless it’s simply due to the aesthetic considerations we discussed earlier.
The screwdriver-heavy design is something of a turn-off, but we understand why they made that decision. If you cannot provide solid locking mechanisms to keep the hardware in place, we would much rather see screws or thumbscrews than cheap plastic pretending to hold our expensive components where they’re supposed to be. Nevertheless, we will not hold that against Thermaltake, as all our hardware ended up being super secure.
The Thermaltake Element V receives the TechREACTION.net Gold Silicon Award!
For more information on the Element V and other products from Thermaltake, please visit their website.