The first thing I noticed when picking up the box is how light the V9 felt. Actually, I thought it might be made of aluminum, but no, it's built of SECC. Then I thought that maybe it was my imagination, as I have been dealing mostly with larger cases lately. But looking at the specs, the V9 is more than a pound lighter than the M9, due to some of the ventilation features.
As I mentioned in the introduction, the V9 looks nothing like the M9. Though fully vented, the bezel on the V9 looks more traditional, with its external 3.5" slots rather than 5 1/4" vents from top to bottom. The shape of the bezel gives the case a conservative look with its rounded shape.
The case is black, with a combination of shiny and matte plastic on the bezel and top, and textured matte paint on the sides.
The top of the case is covered by a plastic shell, giving the case a less boxy appearance, as Thermaltake does with their full towers. With the controls and ports on top of the case, it is designed to be placed below the desk rather than on top. The case I/O panel is interesting, with the case controls placed forward and the ports more rearward. Other than that, everything is fairly typical, with a lighted I/O switch, reset button, HDD LED, two USB ports, and audio ports.
The most obvious feature of the V9 is the blowhole fan, a 230mm monster. I personally like top fans, they prevent any hot air pooling between the front of the power supply and the front of the case. Of course, there must be modifications inside of a midtower to accommodate being able to place such a large fan on top of the case.
The side panel motif is the "X" look that we have seen for a while on Thermaltake cases. This is a little different, with a partial side window making one side of the "X", and large honeycomb vents making the remainder of the "X". These vents along with the large opening in the top of the case account for its lighter weight.
Looking at the rear of the case, we see the other feature that sets the V9 apart from the average midtower, the power supply is placed at the bottom of the case rather than the top. There are openings at the top of the rear panel for liquid cooling hoses, complete with grommets. There is nice open honeycomb for the rear fan vent.
I normally don't photo the right side of a case, but here we see the same large honeycomb venting as on the left side. The upper vent has a cool twist, as we'll see on the next page.