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Thermaltake Element V

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The only true full-tower in today’s roundup, Thermaltake’s Element V should be able to support the greatest variety of performance-oriented hardware.

Unfortunately, much of its extra height is wasted space between the power supply and motherboard. The Element V doesn’t natively support an internal radiator, and the motherboard is located too close to the top panel to allow easy modification for radiator installation.

However, two knock-outs within that otherwise-unused space support the included grommets for external radiator installation. At least part of the left-over space could be useful for anyone placing a double-slot graphics card in a motherboard’s bottom slot, but again, it appears wasteful for Thermaltake not to make this an eight-slot case when so much unused space exists.

The Element V’s top panel supports up to two 200mm fans, though only one is included.

This is one of the first enthusiast-oriented cases we’ve seen without an old FireWire interface, though so few users now require the connection that some motherboard manufacturers are also dropping it. The Element V retains headset jacks, eSATA connectivity, and four USB ports. It has also added power, reset, and fan controls to the top panel.

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