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Friday, November 20, 2009
Thermaltake Element Q

2. A closer look

The Thermaltake Element Q can be found online at ~$75, which is an average price for an HTPC case.

The retail box is smaller that we expected, indicating the compact size of the product inside. The a glossy surfaced cartboard box that has a photo of the case printed on the side and specifications on one side.

The package includes the "Element Q" case packed in a plastic bag, a power cord, mounting screws, four rubber feet to make the case more stable and reduce the overall vibration noise, one zip tie, optional speaker and installation rails for a 3.5" hard drive. Of course there is also printed manual with many graphs and installation information.

The case is quite compact. It is 22cm wide, 13cm high and 33cm deep. The black color of the case is very attractive to the eye and the red decoration in the front provides a luxury tone:

In the front there is a the 5.25" bay which is needed for installing an optical storage drive and one 3.5" bay for HDDs and floppy drives.

Two buttons (reset/power) and two leds for power/HDD operation are also found there. The dimming of both leds is low enough and not very bright to disturb you while working.

A push-to-open hatch covers the USB2.0 ports and the front panel HD audio jacks:

At both sides you will find the air ventilation openings to that help cool down the internal of the Element Q.

There are not much to see at the back. There are the power supply and an empty space, where a mini-ATX motherboard should be would be installed.

Here is a picture of the installed power supply:

The power supply is equipped with a 80 mm in fan and offers a 20-pin ATX-connector with detachable 4 extra pins for 24-pin setup, 4-pin extra 12V connector, two normal molex connectors, two SATA power connectors and one small connector for a floppy drive.

Power supply type SFX
Max. DC Output 220 W
Load Range
Max. (Amps)
Combined +3.3, +5V 80 W
Combined +12V 15 A / 180 W
Input Voltage 100 V ~ 240 V (Auto Range)
Input Frequency Range 50-60 Hz
Operating temperature 0 ~ 50°C
Connectors 1 x 20+4 -pin motherboard connector
1 x 4-pin ATX12V connector
2 x SATA connector
2 x 4-pin molex
1 x single floppy power connector
Cooling System Single 80mm fan
Dimension 125 mm (W) x 60 mm (H) x 100 mm (D)

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