Conclusion: 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.
Summary: It's been a while since I've taken a look at a Thermaltake case, and if this case is any indication it looks like Thermaltake is still producing some pretty nice cases. I was overall very impressed with the Element V thanks to all of its features and very reasonable MSRP. At time of publishing it is listed at $169.99 USD, however if you do some looking online you can find it for ~$129.99 USD which makes it a very good value for a nice full tower case.
Pros: High Quality Construction, Built-in Fan Controller and Light Controller, Tool-less drive bays, Plenty of Airflow, Ton's of Features, Reasonable MSRP
Excerpt: Well, the Element V chassis from Thermaltake proved to be a mixed bag. While there were many features of the chassis that I liked very much, there were almost as many features that I disliked intensely. Let’s start off with the positive aspects.
Summary: The Thermaltake Element V is a great case for someone looking for more space. It offers tons of room for drives and other front panel devices that people like to insert in there builds. The steel infrastructure makes it a very strong and sturdy case. Some may look at plastic as a no-no on cases which the Element V does have some but very little of it. Only the bezel around the mesh front is plastic and some portions of the top.
Summary: There is certainly no shortage of full tower chassis that are priced at between $100 and $200 US, which is exactly where the Thermaltake Element V fits in. So then there are plenty of alternative options, and having looked over them all, the Element V appears to fair very well. In terms of value, few full tower cases compare to the Element V, which costs just $155 US.
Summary: The Thermaltake Element V will set you back around 130 Euros or 170 US Dollars. This does not make this chassis a cheap one. While the case does offer quite a few small, but nice features there are plenty of annoying draw backs as well. On one hand Thermaltake offers very clean cable routing for the fans, along with adjustable fan speed and lighting of the cooling units.
Pros: Solid construction, Plenty of air flow, Excellent fan cable routing, Power LED connector present in both 2 and 3 pin variants, USB ports well spaced, Good cable routing possibilities, Adequate cable hiding possibilities, Fan speed may be adjusted, Fan lighting may be selected or turned off, Screw-less system, 2.5" SSD bay, Quiet operation at lowest fan speed, Bottle holder may be installed for LAN party goers, Bottom mounted PSU
Cons: PSU bay is a pain to place power supply into, Fans are loud at full force, Cannot use dual or triple radiator in roof of chassis, Motherboard hole in tray not large enough, Plastic drive bay clips allow for a bit of play, Hard drive cages can only hold three drives each, Pricey - other cases with much better quality cost the same or less, Heavy for a LAN party case, Bottom cross bar is in the way, Required to tip over chassis to install an SSD on the floor of the case...
Conclusion: Thermaltake has provided a rock-solid addition to the new Element line, which will house the largest and hottest of components. Its stylish design gives the Element V an upper-edge for all of its features. As advertised, the fans were quiet and effective, which makes for a perfect setup for the quiet gamer. The final attribute which makes the V so impressive is the integrated cable management support, especially the mechanical “plug-and-play” side panel fan.
Summary: Final Thoughts
The Element V is a pretty decent case, especially for air cooling fiends or even some water-cooling shenanigans. It fits all sizes of motherboards and has no problem containing large video cards.
My problems are mostly papercuts, i.e. things which annoy me but don’t necessarily impede operation or diminish usefulness of a case beyond the installation process. That said, successors to the Element V (Element VI?
Pros: Plenty of space, Incredible airflow, Convenient front ports
Cons: Don’t expect an easy time swapping parts if you do so frequently, Quite a few little annoyances, Hard drive cages difficult to install to