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Date: February 22nd, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



Only tow fans are included and they both live at the top and rear of the case and they also both have fantails that terminate in 4-pin Molex connectors. This will make fan speed control somewhat difficult to achieve and speed monitoring virtually impossible. Thermaltake does include a cut out in the mobo tray to make cooler changes a bit easier, something not seen in many budget offerings. A single thumbscrew below the rear fan is part of the mouse/keyboard security feature mentioned earlier.



At the bottom you'll find the PSU placement with a ventilated area in the floor to supply cool, external air to the power supply. There is also a PSU support bracket in this area, but you must access the screws from the bottom of the case. I won't harp on this too much as the user will, in most cases, only have to do this once, but there's really no good reason to have to work through the floor of a chassis. There are no tool-free features for the expansion card area, but the slot cover are ventilated and replaceable, two pluses in my book. Thermaltake also includes a number of thumbscrews for securing expansion cards in this area.


 

 

 


The plastic feet are tall enough to give good clearance for the PSU air intake. Curiously, the bottom of the case is painted black while the rear of the case, which is more visible, is not.



Thermaltake has incorporated some very nice latches into the front panel design that allow easy removal while keeping the panel securely attached to the chassis. Another added bonus of the design is that, with the I/O panel on the top of the case, there is no wiring associated with the front panel. I really like this design and it will be a boon to users who need frequent access to this area of the case. There are dust filters incorporated into the front panel as well, and the ease with which the panel can be removed will make maintenance of the filters a snap, increasing the likelihood that they will actually get the needed cleaning. As you can see, two 120mm fans can be added here, although none are provided.



Wiring for the I/O panel is of generous length, well marked and well documented in the user's manual and offer a couple of nice features as well. For example, the power LED and HDD LED wiring both have separate connectors to support any motherboard header out there without having to futz with moving wires in the connector plug and both HD audio and the older AC 97 configuration are supported by separate connectors. That about wraps up this tour of Thermaltake's Element T chassis. Let's get some hardware in it and see how it performs.

 

 


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