Thermaltake Element V Full ATX Tower Case ReviewWed, Mar 17, 2010 - 12:00 AM
The interior of the Thermaltake Element V is rather spacious. You can see the support brace that stiffens the chassis. I had some small issues because of this brace and the drive caddy as you will be able to see in the next image.
Imagine this case has a power supply and motherboard in it. The bottom drive caddy is sort of impossible to remove without rearranging components because of that metal brace. Thankfully, you shouldn’t be removing the drive caddy except when assembling or disassembling the case so this issue shouldn’t present itself too often.
Just another shot of the interior.
Last shot of the set. You can see how the brace has been purposely thinned towards the caddy to address the issue I mentioned above. I wouldn’t mind it having been trimmed further back.
Here is the motherboard tray in the Element V. Thermaltake has thoughtfully labeled the mounting holes to make assembly simple. They have also included a few cutouts with rounded edges for cable management and a cutout so bolt-through heatsinks can be easily removed with the motherboard in the case. Unfortunately, with some motherboards the socket may be offset; there’s not a lot you can do about this given all the mounting holes available.
The Thermaltake Element V supports a wide variety of motherboard form factors.
There is just enough room behind the motherboard tray to route or hide any unnecessary cables. Thermaltake has included a few cables of their own that provide connectivity to the USB ports on the front of the case.
Nothing out of the ordinary here, just a bundle of wires.
Last up is that drive caddy I keep talking about. I am not too happy with how you go about mounting hard-drives into the caddy. You slide the drive in and then carefully balance a screw on your screwdriver and slide it through the rounded access holes to insert into the caddy. Perhaps I was doing it wrong but I felt there had to be a better way.