Thermaltake Element G gaming case

8.6 Overall Score
Build Quality: 8/10
Layout: 9/10
Price: 9/10

Excellent cabling and all black look.

Build quality could be a tad better considering other cases in this price point.

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Thermaltake has some of the more ‘busy’ retail boxes out there. The front, back and sides are full of information about the case and what the product represents. “Create for Pros” is the catch phrase for the Element G. We were a little confused by the wording, wondering if it is a translation error, “Created for Pros” would seem to fit better. What exactly do they mean by “Pros”? If we take a look at the reverse side of the box, we get a much clearer picture of who the intended audience is. The Element G looks to be geared towards a variety of PC users such as gamers(hardcore or casual), younger kids/adults and professionals looking for a quiet but stylish computer case.

Opening the box reveals the case inside. Thermaltake certainly knows how to package a product. We like the inclusion of a nice case cover helping protect the chassis while in transit.

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With the case out of the box we can see that there was no damage during shipment. First impressions were positive. The Element G comes in all black, including the inside, and looks very well put together. Build quality is excellent. The paint job on this case is very well done. We are very happy that Thermaltake took the time to match the inside of the case to the outside. Boring gray interiors are just that, boring.

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The interior of the Element G was given a lot of thought. The wire management holes provide the end user with superior cable routing. The large hole on the motherboard tray offers the user an easy way to mount and dismount a heatsink or water block. With this setup, you do not need to remove the motherboard just to change out a heatsink.

Another simple yet affective addition is cable sleeving on the fan wires. Thermaltake gets a big thumbs up for providing this in the case. Wire sleeving allows for easier cable management and makes the interior look cleaner. Looking at the back side of the motherboard tray, we can see that they also did some cable management of their own. The front I/O panel wires are not just thrown in the case. They are routed and tucked away very nicely. One downside to the setup in this case is the fans. Now, the included fan controls are excellent and allow for many different adjustments, but you can not use your own fans in this case, except two additional 120mm fans in the front. The wiring is setup in a way that if you wanted to replace the fans, you would lose the lighting control and fan speed adjustment. The fans provided create excellent airflow already, so unless one goes down, we do not think you should, or need to, replace them.

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Most of the cases out there that include a fan on the front side panel end up causing some headaches. What we mean is that you have to plug and unplug the fan from the motherboard(unless you are using a fan controller, then it’s from there) everytime you want to get inside the case. This becomes a big pain especially if your motherboard is packed with hardware making it difficult to reach your hands in and plug the fan back in. Thermaltake has solved this by including a simple switch that provides power to the fan when the side panel is connected to the case.

The fan control knob is located on the top front of the case next to the power and reset buttons. This adjustment knob allows you to turn the fan RPM up or down depending on your overclock or temperatures relative to the surrounding room or components workload. Pushing down on the knob gives you access to the different color modes of the fans. Default is blue, but green, red, multi and off are also available. Four USB connectors and MIC and audio jacks populate the rest of the top front of the case.

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The PSU mounts on the bottom of the case and includes a shroud that separates it from the rest of the components in the system. The shroud also provides routing for cable management and a spot for a 2.5″ SSD/HDD. In addition to one 2.5″ SSD/HDD, there is room for 7 3.5″ HDD’s. The hard drive cage is removable for easy installation.

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HDD mounting screws are provided for tool less installation of all your hard drives.

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