Conclusion: For the most part, the Thermaltake V9 is a very nice case. There are some things that could be improved on, like cable management. The lack of cable management features is really disappointing when considering the other features the case has.
Conclusion: Overall, the Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition brought a lot of good features to the table. The tool-free installation is always a good thing to have on cases these days, because screws are a thing of the past.
Summary: The V9 BlacX case is an average mid-tower that feels a bit smaller in terms of expansion due to the BlacX dock on top. Still, there is ample room inside for the installation of all of the hardware you need to build a pretty sweet gaming system.
Pros: Nicely styled mid-tower case, Removable filters on intake fans, BlacX built into top!, Motherboard tray supports aftermarket coolers without motherboard removal, Supports front USB 3.0 (1 port)
Cons: Build quality feels a little cheap (mostly tool-less brackets), Front USB 3.0 is a tacky USB pass-through cable from the rear, Non-replaceable rear slot covers, Not very quiet, Large honeycomb holes allow for dust to be sucked in as exhaust airflow exceeds intake airflow
Conclusion: The BlacX integration is a fantastic idea which Thermaltake should extend into their other case lines such as the Armor series. It’s a great way to add value to existing product lines for a minimal cost.
Excerpt: When I first got an opportunity to look at an example of Thermaltake's V9 series, I was less than impressed. This new BlacX entry has some nicely executed features and displays very good cooling numbers.
Summary: The Thermaltake V9 BlacX was a strong performer in almost all aspects. Cooling was surprisingly good, especially for the GPU, which ran cooler than it has in more renowned (and much more expensive) cases. The Docking Station was a breeze to set up and could not be easier to use.
Pros: Dual HDD Docking Station, Excellent Cooling For All Components, Solid Build Using High Quality Materials, Excellent Quality Black Finish, Good Interior Working Room, Capable of Longer Graphics Cards Including HD 5970, Very Quiet Fans
Excerpt: We’ll admit it: When the Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition mid-tower chassis showed up on our doorstep, we thought it was a joke. “Surely,” we said, “Thermaltake didn’t just slap one of its dual-bay BlacX hard drive docks onto a cheap mid-tower chassis and call it a day.
Pros: Integrated hot-swap SATA dock on top; decent airflow; accommodates long cards.
Cons: Only two front-panel USB ports; no behind-the-mobo cable routing; weird aesthetics.
Conclusion: I had no doubts with the quality of the Thermaltake V9 BlacX Chassis. Using good quality SECC steel, its construction is solid and the overall build quality is very good. All the edges seem to be smoothed out and rolled-back, which is great news for system builders as it will prevent your fingers...