Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
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. Furthermore, the CPU cooler cutout is a bit small, the I/O ports are meager and the HDD mounting isn't very secure. While fit and finish is usually very good with Thermaltake products, the BlacX had some issues with the panels not being flush with the rest of the chassis, as can be seen in the above photo.
The new USB 3.0 feature worked as advertised, as did the SATA docking station built into the top of the case. Making the dock accessible from the top of the chassis makes a lot of sense for ease of use, but the covers don't provide enough protection from debris falling down into the connectors, with the real possibility of causing some serious problems. Nonetheless, this docking feature will likely be the big draw, as there are only a very limited number of chases out there with this feature, and I'm unaware of any case that features two docks. Users who find this feature attractive may find it easy to overlook the BlacX's shortcomings and be willing to pay the asking price of around $110 US. Otherwise, there are just too many cases with better features and build quality at this price (or lower,) to recommend this case. To paraphrase my evaluation of the previous V9 editions, Thermaltake makes some great cases. The V9 BlacX is not one of them.
- SATA docking feature
- USB 3.0
- Good cooling
- All black finish
- Pretty quiet
- Roomy for a mid-tower
- 230mm top fan
- Tool free features could use some work
- No cable management features
- Overall flimsy design
- Very limited front ports
- Front intake fan restriction
- Panel fitment
- Aged design
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