|Thermaltake Element-Q VL52021N2U mITX HTPC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 02 June 2010|
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Detailed Exterior Features
At the front, there is a push-clip button that leads pad to a pair of USB 2.0 and Audio HD connectors. I'd prefer adding this mechanism to the front drives and letting this ports directly on the chassis without a cover, but some people would prefer it as Thermaltake decided.
At the sides of the chassis, there are holes for ventilation. There are no fans inside this case, so forget about airflow, but considering you'll use a low-power CPU it shouldn't be an issue. The right panel holes would ventilate the HDD or the CPU (in case you don't install a HDD at the side), and the left panel holes would ventilate the expansion card or again, the CPU considering you don't add any card on your PCI port.
Here is a look at the right panel with the side-HDD installed. The good part is that the HDD and PCI-expansion card will be ventilated. The bad part is that this practically blocks all the ventilation to the center of the case, and the ugly is that the PSU will take all the heat remaining from CPU and other components. Again, considering you should install no more than a 100 watts CPU (at load) this shouldn't be a problem at all.
Once you open the Element Q you'll find there is plenty of space for installation. In case you have had a headache with another case trying to fit all the cables and components, this installation will be easier, especially because of the bigger height which allows managing the cables and components similar to a Micro-ATX case.
The SFX-PSU includes a 20+4 ATX connector, a 4pin 12+v CPU connector, a pair of Molex connectors and S-ATA connectors also. This is practically all you need for your HTPC. This PSU doesn't include Mini-SATA connectors but that's probably because it wasn't designed for slim optical drives.
The front panel connectors include: HD Audio/AC 97, USB 2.0x2, power switch, reset switch, power LED and HDD LED. Those cables can be hidden below the external drives if not used.