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Thermaltake Element T PC Chassis Review
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Written by Munk   
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Performance gaming can cost you a bundle these days. Even though the cost of the components has come down the cost for the gaming grade cases has not. You are still looking at one hundred and some change for a mid-tower case and two hundred plus if your go full tower. Granted there are some exceptions to the rule and the Thermaltake Element T is one such case. Coming in at under a hundred bucks it is a serious competitor with all of the extra spots for future case improvement. There aren’t too many cases out there that will come in under one hundred with a fan over 120mm’s like the Thermaltake Element T, so let’s get a look at it closer:

 

Provided By: Thermaltake

Price: $99.99

Closer Look:

 

Specifications and Features:

Tactic
- Tactical appearance for optimal gaming experience
Transformable
- Preserved fan opening for 120mm to 200mm at top and front panel, 120mm to 230mm at side panel
Titanic
- Massive storage capability with 7 x 3.5� and 1x 2.5 HDD or SSD bay
TtXGameShield
- Security lock for keyboard & mouse for Lanparty event
Transportation
- Thumb screws for 3.5�, 5.25� devices and PCI slots for secure transportation

 

 

Case Type    Middle Tower
Material   

SECC

Front Bezel Material    Plastic
Color    Black
Side Panel    N/A
Motherboard Support    Micro ATX,
Standard ATX
Motherboard Tray    No
5.25" Drive Bay    3
Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay    1
Int. 3.5" Drive Bay    6
Expansion Slots    7
Front I/O Ports    USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
Cooling System     Front (intake) : Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan x 2 or
140 x 140 x 25 mm fan x 2 or
200 x 200 x 20 mm fan x 1

Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1400rpm,17dBA)

Top (exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 20 mm silent fan (800rpm,14dBA)

Side (intake) : Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm fan or
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan
Liquid Cooling Capable    No
Liquid Cooling Embedded    No
Power Supply Supported    Standard ATX PSII(optional)
Power Supply Included    No
Dimension (H*W*D)    525 (H) x 210 (W)x 480(L) mm
20.7  (H) in x 210 (W) x 480(L) in
Net Weight    15.32lbs
  6.95 kg
Security Lock     
Application     
Warranty    3 year

 

Testing Setup:

  •  Asus P6T SEX58 Motherboard
  • Core i7 920 CPU
  • 6GB Crucial Balistix 8-8-8-24 1600mHz
  • Asus EAH 4850
  • 750 GB Seagate Barracuda
  • Vista Ultimate 64bit
  • Inwin 850 Commander Series PSU
  • EAH 4850
Testing:

For testing I will regulate the room temperature at a constant 23 Degrees Celsius. I will be making note of the idle and load of the gpu, cpu, HDD, and ambient case temps for all of the cases. The cases being tested will be the Zero 2 (with full fan compliment), Azza Fantom 900, and the Thermaltake Element T.

 

Case

CPU

GPU

HDD

Case

NZXT

Idle: 30

Load: 40

Idle: 70

Load: 70

Idle: 32

Load: 32

Idle: 24

Load: 24

AZZA

Idle: 31

Load: 43

Idle: 64

Load: 66

Idle: 26

Load: 26

Idle: 24

Load: 24

Thermaltake

Idle: 32

Load: 42

Idle: 72

Load: 78

Idle: 26

Load: 28

Idle: 25

Load: 26

 

 Over all the NZXT did the best but in order to achieve those temps I added the optional 4 120mm fans and the 2 extra 80mm fans which also included the stock 3 120mm fans. That being said the clear winner between the azza and the Thermaltake was the AZZA Fantom 900. Without the optional side fan installed on the Element T the GPU temps are drastically affected. Let’s See the final thoughts:

Conclusion:

Overall it was a great case for its price, looks, features, and cooling makes this a definite contender. With some of the optional add-ons I am sure this case would be a killer gaming chassis for your next build. I love the red LED’s and the front panels honey comb style is awesome.


Would I recommend this product? Yup, if you are gaming on a budget I would say any budget chassis that throws in a 200mm fan stock is definitely the one to reach for. The other nice part about this case is the addition of a 2.4 slot for those of you running, or dreaming of running a SSD.

Pros:

  • Big Fan
  • Price
  • Style 
  • Lockable
  • Anti-Theft Peripheral Lock
  • Bottom Mounter PSU
Cons:
  • Flimsy Tool-less

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