|Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Case VL80001W2Z|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Colin Armstrong - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 20 April 2010|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Now time for the nitty-gritty. Taking a closer look at the front of the case, we see that the entire front removes - although not easily. This is beneficial, as it will not come off accidentally. Below the two USB and audio ports, there is room for a floppy disk drive, or any sort of generic 3.5" internal peripheral, such as a media card reader.
On the left side of the case, a porthole-style window is positioned directly above the CPU. This causes any heatsink or fan you may have to be seen from the window. Here is my hulking Cooler Master V8 CPU fan, as seen from the outside:
The four rubber feet on the bottom of the chassis are solid, but don't allow for much headroom. If you position the case on a carpet for instance, the feet will sink in, and leave the bottom of the case touching the ground. This is bad, for if you install the PSU with the fan facing the ground, things could get a little hot. However, the temperature difference is not entirely noticeable.
The two holes on the rear of the case, as previously mentioned, allow a liquid-cooling system to be installed. Strangely enough, Thermaltake has stated that this case does not support liquid cooling.
The rear exhaust fan is mounted on the top-back of the case. It is extremely silent, rated at 17 dBA, as well as very fast, spinning at 1300 rpm. On top of this, is is also extremely bright. All the heat generated from the various components in the case get directed upward and out of this fan. This is smart; the small gesture of mounting the PSU on the bottom of the case, and installing a 120mm exhaust fan near the top allows the hot air to rise upwards and out of the case.