Installation is fairly simple for the Element T. Thermaltake suggests installing your motherboard first. I noticed two things when going to install the motherboard. The first was the CPU Cooler hole; the second was that some of the supports for the motherboard were already in place, except for the ones closest to the expansion slots.
When installing an expansion card I found it strange that there were no screws or anything holding the covers down. They were nicely secured in place, which made it difficult to remove. The easiest way I found to remove them was to take a flat headed screwdriver and push up on the lip on the outside of the bracket; it will probably make it go flying towards the ceiling, but it will get it removed. The next odd part I found was using thumbscrews to secure the thumb screws. I can’t say this was a bad idea, but it sure wasn’t the norm that I’m used to.
The next step was to install the drives. To install the 5.25″ drive you had to remove the front panel which can be removed by pulling out on the bottom of the plastic. Once I removed this I noticed a large indentation in the case which would support two 120mm or 140mm fans. Supposedly it would fit a 200mm fan, but I don’t see how that will fit in there. You then of course have to remove the bay and any steel that would be blocking the bay you would like to install your drive in.
The tool-free device used to secure the drive was a little bit different than usual, but not hard to figure out. The mechanism lifts away from the drive cage and slides back into place once the two screw holes are aligned. The fit seemed to be fairly tight on the drive.
The hard drive installation was just as easy as sliding it in and securing it with the tool-free device. If you have multiple drives you can use the provided 20 thumbscrews to secure them to the case.
When lastly installing the power supply I noticed something different. The bar that I was talking about earlier not only holds the power supply above the case, but actually secures the power supply to the case by two small notches in the bar. If your power supply is larger, you will probably have to remove the power supply bar back to fit your needs.
Once everything is installed you’ll have plenty of room to work around with for cable management.
The case also looks pretty nice when it’s powered up with red.
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