Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packaging removed, we can see that the V9 BlacX has inherited most of the appearance traits from earlier versions. The BlacX has a similar profile and overall look to the earlier V9 series cases, including the ventilation holes and other details of the right side panel. Up front, the plastic bezel features generous usage of metal mesh and sports three big bays and a pair of 3.5-inch external bays.
The top features an updated look with a mesh vent panel for the 230mm top exhaust fan and a pair of docking bays that will support 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA drives. I/O ports are limited to single USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports flanking the obligatory audio ports. Frankly, this would be a deal-breaker for me, but I don't use 3.0 yet and don't have a mobo with native support. Including an adapter cable to connect the 3.0 cable to a 2.0 mobo header, like some other cases out there, would go a long way to mitigate this meager I/O panel. The top of the front panel is home to the reset button, HDD activity LED and the chrome power button with its integrated drop shadow power lighting.
Spring-loaded doors protect the SATA connectors…kinda. A notch in the doors allow a 2.5-inch drive to be installed without opening, but it will also allow dust and debris to enter this area.
Out back, we've got a pair of tubing access holes (one of which is occupied by the blue USB 3.0 cable,) a 120mm exhaust fan, seven expansion bays and bottom PSU opening. Side panels are secured by a pair of large thumbscrews and the left side panel features an acrylic window, complete with Thermaltake logo, and a pair of ventilation areas. As with the V9 BE, the rear, interior and bottom all have the same glossy black paint finish as the exterior, giving the case a much better look than the original V9.