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

The inside of the V3 is pretty spacious for a mid tower chassis. I really like the fact that Thermaltake has painted the inside of the chassis black to match the exterior. Most budget cases stick with an ugly steel interior which just screams cheap. Also of note is the motherboard tray where there is a large hole cut out over the CPU area. This will allow you to access the back of the board and change CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard each time. We also have another slot near the bottom of the board that can be used to route cables for a cleaner install.

The majority of "motherboard standoffs" are built into the tray which will make removing screws easier. With traditional standoffs, I have (on more than one occasion) had difficulty removing screws from the standoffs without the standoff itself unscrewing from the tray. That problem is eliminated with this case.

Looking at the front section we see the four 5 1/4" drives, one of which is toolless. We also have a single toolless assembly for a floppy drive and only one toolless assembly for hard drive installation. The V3 can hold up to four hard drives as well as the SSD drive on the bottom that we spoke about on the previous page.

The front panel cables come in a rainbow of colors. Normally I would like to see meshed cables but for a budget case that already offers so much, you can't complain too much. After all, I intend to route these cables behind and under the motherboard tray anyway.

At the back of the case we find the only preinstalled fan, a 120mm unit with blue LEDs. This is a 3-pin sleeved fan that operates at 1300 RPM at 17 dBA and moves 50 CFM of air according to Thermaltake.

Below the fan and I/O area are the expansion slots and the power supply mounting area. Thermaltake includes a fan filter that comes installed over the PSU fan area on the bottom but the one on this case must have bumped loose during transit as it was laying in the case. I decided not to use it, as I want the most air flow possible going into my system and I don't live in a high dirt / dust home, but if you do, just know it's available if you want to use it.

Finally we have a shot of the back of the motherboard tray. There isn't much space between the tray and where the back panel fits on but hopefully we can route a few cables here for a cleaner install.

Speaking of install, that's just ahead.

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