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. The back panel of the case was difficult to install after running the majority of our cables back there to get from the top to the bottom of the case. Another thing that needs a little more thought is the color scheme.
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. Having the dual “Easy Swap” bays on the top of the case is also nice to have, making it extremely quick and easy to get information off of other hard drives when you need it.
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. The system we installed consisted of a Gigabyte P67A-UD3 motherboard, a Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Graphics Card, DVDRW drive, an SSD and a few other bits.
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. The minor complaints about the Thermaltake V9 BlacX are just inconveniences that really don’t matter once your parts are installed and the computer is running.
Excerpt: Lately the market has finally opened up, and in mid tower designs these days we can find cases that aren't going to break the bank and come very well equipped. It used to be that $100 might get you an Antec 900 case, and with that you got some cool hard drive cages and a bunch of airflow. The internal layout was very simplistic, wasn't painted, and your ears took a hammering from the noise level that come from inside the case.
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. However, the interior design is definitely getting long in the tooth and, frankly wasn't that good to start with. The chassis itself is thin and flimsy, cable management is virtually non-existent and the expansion card tool-free clips are, in word, horrible.
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.
Perspective is always a huge element when sizing up a piece of equipment, but sizing up the Thermaltake V9 BlacX takes this to new heights.
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.” Well, Thermaltake did, and in a really confusing way.
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 being cut accidently. The chassis offer many great features including the dual bay Docking Station on the top of the chassis, that supports both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives.