The Element V is a pretty decent case, especially for air cooling fiends or even some water-cooling shenanigans. It fits all sizes of motherboards and has no problem containing large video cards.
My problems are mostly papercuts, i.e. things which annoy me but don’t necessarily impede operation or diminish usefulness of a case beyond the installation process. That said, successors to the Element V (Element VI?) could benefit from really focusing on the tool-less design.
The chassis runs approximately $150 and is probably worth it. ThinkComputers gives the ThermalTake Element V ThermalTake Element V Gaming Chassis an 8 out of 10 score.
- Plenty of space
- Incredible airflow
- Convenient front ports
- Don’t expect an easy time swapping parts if you do so frequently
- Quite a few little annoyances
- Hard drive cages difficult to install to
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.