Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Review

5 Aug

Looking for a great looking case that doesn’t cost too much? Thermaltake offers their V series and we’ll be looking at the V4 Black Edition which has a lot to offer at a low price. Out of the box, it includes one 120mm blue LED fan, a small bag of screws, an intruction manual, and of course the case itself. The exterior is entirely black with a dust filtered, mesh front panel that allow great air flow. The front panel also features four 5.25” drive bays, two 3.5” drive bays with one taken up by two USB 2.0 ports, microphone in and audio out. Last but not least, there are a power and reset switch with the hard drive activity LED on the left and the power LED on the right. On the left side panel, there is a small window to see your CPU cooler and a vent for another 120mm fan. That side panel is held in place by two thumbscrews while the other side panel doesn’t have anything and is held in place by two regular screws. The best part about this case has to be the full black interior, hence the name “Black Edition”. This case has a bottom mounted power supply which I’m not used to because my previous case had a top mounted power supply instead. CPU cooler installation is very easy if you need to place a retention plate at the back of the motherboard because of a conveniently placed hole in the motherboard tray. There are two more places to put 120mm fans on the top, one in the front, and one at the bottom.One of the best features in this case is the tool-less design drive bays that allow you to just slide in your drive and lock it in place. The non tool-less bays probably won’t be used anyway, so there isn’t a need to worry about not having enough tool-less bays. There’s also a place at the bottom of the case where you can place your 2.5” drives such as SSDs and laptop drives if you so desire. Cable management is decent, but not great because there isn’t too much clearance between the edge of the motherboard tray where it curls in and the right side panel to hide cables when you close it, so be wary of that. Other then that, cable management can be accomplished fairly easily around the drive bays. There is enough clearance to install fairly large video cards, but not the higher end cards such as the HD 6970 or the GTX 580. Although that is what you are limited to, you probably wouldn’t look for a case like this if you are dishing out the cash to purchase a video card of such calibre.

This is a desirable case for a gamer that doesn’t need a huge case, but one that can fit all of their hardware that can be cooled more than adequately while maintaining a stylish look. At a price of only $39.99 depending on where you can find it, it’s almost a steal with such features that you wouldn’t even find on pricier cases.

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