The front intake fan is a red LED fan and emits a nice blue glow from the bezel. All three fans are surprisingly quiet considering I'm running them at 12v.
As we'd expect from Thermaltake, the V9 is a nice steel midtower. There is enough here to make things interesting, so it isn't your bland old midtower. A 230mm top fan and bottom mounted PSU, along with a very effective tool-free PCI lock, sets the case apart from others.
I'd like to mention the PSU mounting. There is a little space between the PSU and the bottom of the case, but not much, so most of the PSU air is coming from under the case. Keep in mind that you will not be able to place the case on a carpeted floor, or other soft surface, with the power supply mounted this way, as the power supply will be starved for air. This is very important, and something to keep in mind if you head out to a LAN party where the floor is carpeted, though yours isn't.
The V9 is well built, both exterior and interior fit and finish are flawless. I found no sharp edges inside of the case. As with other Thermaltake cases, ventilation and cable management are both stressed with this case. With reverse mounted hard drives, and space to place extra PSU cables in the HDD bay, cable management is about the best I've seen in a midtower.
I found nothing to dislike about the V9. There are no eSATA or IEEE 1394 ports, and some may find it lacking there, but nothing else.
The Thermaltake V9 isn't for sale in the states yet, but lists for $149.99. It should be in the $120-$130 range at my favorite retailer. That does put it into the upper price range of steel midtowers, but again, this isn't your average steel midtower. ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake V9 steel midtower a 9 out of 10 score.
- 230mm top fan
- Cooling behind the motherboard tray
- Specific cable management features
- Ligher than the average steel midtower
- Some may miss external eSATA port
- May be a little expensive