Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 03-05-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look / Exterior

The V3 arrived damage-free thanks to two Styrofoam end pieces and protective plastic wrap covering the case. Also included in the retail package is a user manual and a bag of installation hardware consisting of various screws and a system speaker.

The entire chassis, both inside and out, is black in color. The left side panel has a small window over the CPU area providing a glimpse inside. Below the small window is a square bank of holes over the graphics card area used to passively exhaust heat / intake cool air, depending on your fan configuration. The panel is held in place with two Philips screws. Unfortunately there are no thumbscrews for easier access.

The front bezel is constructed of plastic with the four 5 1/4" drive bay covers being perforated to improve overall airflow. Below the 5 1/4" drives is a front panel I/O bay consisting of two USB ports and headphone / microphone jacks. The second 3 1/2" bay is left unused should you want to install a floppy drive. To the right of these bays are the power / reset buttons and on the opposite side is the HDD activity LED.

Below this we find more mesh that covers the front fan intake area and a silver Thermaltake logo. No fan is included here but a 120mm fan can be added. The front bezel can be removed by prying it off from the bottom.

The right side of the case is plain with a simple black panel held in place by two Philips screws.

More just ahead.

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