|Thermaltake Element-Q VL52021N2U mITX HTPC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Thursday, 03 June 2010|
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Closer Look: Element Q Interior
Now it's time to inspect the interior of the Element Q. As I've mentioned before, there's plenty of space inside this case because of its height. The whole chassis comes with a strong structure and 220 watts SFX-PSU.
Below the external drives, there's some space for cable management. You can either use the frontal 3.5" bay for installing a Floppy or external HDD, or let the cover on and install an internal HDD/SSD.
The SFX-PSU gives an overall of 220 watts which is enough for powering the majority of the systems today excluding the GPU. It provides 15A on the 12+v rail while many other manufacturers only offer 10A on the same rail. Thus, it can power up any 180 watts TDP CPU, and that`s enough for any processor today.
To start the installation, the first step is to remove the PSU. You need to take it off in order to install the motherboard and connect all the cables. As you're removing it as for the first step, it also means it will be the last component installed in the process.
That little rail you're watching there is for a side-HDD. If you decide to install your HDD here, keep in mind it'll be very near to the motherboard and PSU and it will also block the right panel ventilation.
I'll be using the front bay for my internal HDD since I don't use floppy anymore. Installing it is as easy as aligning the drive and adding 2 screws at the sides.