Thermaltake Element Q

Small case for mini-ITX motherboards
Author: Aki Korhonen
Published: 05.11.2009
Manufacturer: Thermaltake
Product Group: System enclosures
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The cover is held in place with four screws in the back of the case and after removing them the cover slides back and it can be taken off.


Thermaltake Element Q

There isn't very much extra space inside the case but enough so the power cables can be put so that they are out of the way. After the motherboard is installed the maximum height for the heat sink is 45 mm and the maximum lenght for an expansion card is 290 mm. The case is made of 0.6 mm thick SGCC steel and the inside body is put together with pop rivets.


Thermaltake Element Q

The internal 3.5" drive place is on the right side. The two installation rails are attached to the HDD and the package is then put here and fastened with two screws trought the two holes seen in the photo. You'll see the installation later in the review.


Thermaltake Element Q

The 5.25" bay has a hole in it for a screwdriver to go through so the fourth screw of the motherboard can be attached. I think it would have been better if Thermaltake would have taken the whole corner away instead of just a hole. Anyway, the hole is big enough for your average screwdriver to fit through.


Thermaltake Element Q

The wires for the front ports, buttons and leds can be seen here. You can install a floppy drive or another HDD to the 3.5" bay and an optical drive etc to the 5.25" bay.


Thermaltake Element Q

The front cover is taken off by pushing on the four clips (two on both sides) from the inside of the case.

Now it's possible to take off the bay covers if needed. The wires, buttons and leds are secured in place with a few drops of hot glue and the wires are tied together with a zip tie so they stay in place and it's easier to put the cover back on.

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