It looks good, has plenty of room and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Every couple of months or so, enthusiast PC owners start fussing about the latest components for their rig. Powerful graphics card this, more performance RAM that, it’s easy to get lost in detail and simply forget about that one part of your machine which lasts longer than any other. The one that defines your machine more than anything else- the chassis.
And so, as one of our office machines went from gleaming white to deathly yellow over the years, we thought it’s time to have a body transplant. Something medium sized, smartly priced and practical too, and the Thermaltake V5 just about fits the bill. It came directly from Thermaltake in a well packaged and protected box with a user manual, some backplates and cable tiers and all the screws you would require to assemble your system.
Coming in at roughly AED 250 ($60) Thermaltake’s V5 Black Edition Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis was designed with practicality in mind. The big handle on top is sturdy enough to easily lift up the entire case fully loaded inside. Next you will notice the power supply enclosure right at the bottom. This is a very nice design choice since a PSU usually have the fan at the bottom or the back. The rear and the top fans are virtually silent, providing a good flow of air to the rest of the system.
Looking at the front we see nine 5.25” bays from top to bottom. A 2.5” tray for the topmost bay and the last three having a 3.5” drive cage allows for a variety of different setups.
While the rest of the case was quite strong, with a quality build, the same cannot be said about the PCI plastic clip-ons for the back. These flimsy clips felt more like an afterthought to show “ease of use” on Thermaltake’s mind for the end consumer rather than a properly thought out design choice. Some of the clips even broke apart while we tried to fix our graphics card into place. In the end we simply screwed it into place, throwing away the clips. Apart from that minor niggle, there’s not much to fault with the application process of the case.
Inside the case it’s all painted black, with accompanying black screws. This coupled with the blue LEDs on the cooling fan at top provides a very neat look to the entire case. There’s nothing extravagant about it, and design flow keeps it nice and simple.
Coming out to the front, you have an eSATA port on the very top along with front audio ports flanked by USB slots on either side. The Reset button is also indented, so you won’t accidentally press it while fumbling around the USB ports in the dark. Finishing off the whole case is matt black paint, with meshed grills on the front, one for each of the nine 5.25” drive bays and a cool blue LED light near the Power button.
So all in all, the Thermaltake V5 Black Edition makes for a very decent chassis, easy on the eyes and the wallet too. It’s nicely designed, with ample air flow around the CPU area and a whole lot of drive bays for as convenient a storage setup as you would want.