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Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 2.0 x 2,
  • HD Audio ports Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Thermaltake VL80001W2Z

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Series
V3 Black Edition
Model
VL80001W2Z

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
SECC / Plastic
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
4
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 2.0 x 2,
HD Audio ports

Cooling System

120mm Fans
1 x 120mm rear exhaust TurboFan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
18.60" x 7.50" x 16.90"
Weight
10.6 lbs.

Features

Features
Black coating makes stylish inside look

Bottom-placed PSU design for better and easier installation

Metal mesh front bezel for maximum air intake

Built-in filter in 5.25" drive bay and PSU to keep dust away

Rear 120mm silent fan with brilliant Blue LED

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Nicholas G.
  • 9/11/2014 12:58:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Inexpensive,
Black interior,
Cutout for CPU bracket access,
Good looks,
Has window on side for added bling,

Cons: Inexpensive (flimsy),
cable management poor
upper fan mount placement not compatible with some motherboards

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a budget rig I put together for my nephew. I knew it was an inexpensive case and for the most part you get what you pay for. I bought it on sale with a rebate so it was like $25. Definitely worth that. It has a lot going for it such as black interior, cut-out in motherboard tray and removable back panel so you can swap out CPU cooler without disassembly and the little window on the side. The only thing that was quite terrible was the upper fan mounts. with a Asus M5a97 R2.0 the fans wouldn't clear the top of the motherboard - RAM or CPU power connection. I had to mount them offset from the intended holes by threading through the grill holes, and some didn't quite line up quite straight but it worked out. Also the front panel is somewhat difficult to remove and I'd venture that repeated removal and installation would definitely lead to breakage of the retaining pegs. When I was building the machine I got real annoyed with it and wished I had spent twice as much on something better, but if you have a specific budget and a short motherboard this case works well.

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  • Reggie S.
  • 9/5/2014 7:59:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsIt's decent - Good for simple builds

Pros: Lots of drive space
Semi-toolless bays
Decently ventilated
Front panel works

Cons: Some sharp edges
Not enough toolless kits for all bays

Other Thoughts: I bought this case because it was on sale at a local store and I figured for a very simple low end build it would be decent.
About half the drive bays had the toolless attachments, the others simply did not and I had to use screws. Honestly not a huge deal, just a bit misleading. The toolless attachments are pretty secure though. Never had a problem with any of them in my 2+ yrs of owning this.

ONLY the PSU fan ports and front grill have mesh. The rest of the case does not, which honestly isn't a big deal. Those are the only places you really want to be pulling in air anyway. The PSU mesh can ONLY be clean AFTER you remove the PSU, the mesh will be sandwiched between the PSU and case.

The case itself is aluminum, so it bends fairly easily. It's not at all steel so keep that in mind. There are also quite a few sharp edges. I found myself taking an old bike tire and lining it around the edges to prevent the case from cutting any wiring.

Cable management with this case is a bit of a battle. Wiring your 24-pin connector behind the Mobo will result in you using a bit of pressure to hold the back plate of the case on as you screw it in place. That being said, you likely want to wire everything ASIDE from your 24-pin connector behind your Mobo. Airflow is decent.

I designed a small water cooling system, but quickly discovered that this was NOT the case for that. Between the sharp edges and smaller form factor it caused a few problems.
Also of the various motherboards I tried, all sat too high towards the top of the case to allow for the mounting of a fan to the top of the case. So using a all-in-one water cooling system such as a H80 is a no go. Meaning doing any crazy over-locking, you'll be mostly stuck with air cooling unless you mount things externally.

Ultimately the case is decent for a normal, simple, casual build. Doing anything fancy or crazy wouldn't be advised with this case.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
The V3 Black Edition was not originally designed for water cooling. It was designed for a budget build. We do, however, have adapters available which may allow you to mount a 120mm radiator to the rear fan position. Please contact Customer Service for additional information. Additional tool-less clips can also be purchased through Thermaltake.
Thermaltake USA Customer Service
Email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll Free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM~5:30PM (P.S.T)
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  • Myron W.
  • 7/11/2014 11:43:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Great airflow
Looks simple and clean
Allowed me good cable management
Sturdy

Cons: As other reviewers have stated, the top fans will hit the ram and processor heat sink. This is remedied by low profile fans, or, as I did, just stick some 80mm fans up there and it works just fine. Stop complaining people! It's a $40 case, they did a great job and it's a GREAT case for the price! This is not worth removing an egg, what-so-ever! Use your brains and figure it out! I am using every fan slot and air flow is top notch, I did not have a single problem with this case at all!

Other Thoughts: Don't listen to the bad reviews. These people expect everything to work and fit perfectly with no modifications regardless of the fact that these are totally custom machines we're building here, or want to blame the manufacturer for their own lack of compatibility research.


To the reviewers that stated the side vent is useless because it doesn't have screw holes.... SMH!!! The screw holes on the fan line up PERFECTLY with the side vent!

To the reviewers that stated the metal is too thin and flimsy... this case is on par with just about every other case I've ever seen in my 15 years of computing.

Rig:
Asrock 990FX K1ller MOBO
AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5ghz
XFX 7850 2GB Black Edition
8GB G Skill Rip Jaws 1600
Antec 650 watt PSU

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  • Matthew R.
  • 6/20/2014 1:50:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsGot the job done

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap

Other Thoughts: Got this for a machine to convert video and use as a home server. All in all for what I paid it gets it done. The top fan vents are useless. The fans won't fit past the ram slots or the rear USB ports. The case should have been 5mm higher to accommodate this. I could get slim fans but they're expensive & that defeats the purpose of getting an inexpensive case. A Corsair H60 did fit on the rear with a lot of force and bending the top of the case a little. The rear expansion slots are breakaway not screw in. The power button doesn't work w/o pressing very hard due to poor design. If you're building a cheap rig it'll do but be ready to work a little.
GA-78LMT-USB3
AMD FX8320
8G Crucial Balistix
XFX GT520
Kingston 120gb SSD
WD 3TB

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  • dwight m.
  • 6/5/2014 5:04:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsquality over price

Pros: cheap price

Cons: after having this case for quite some time. opening and closing the case has gotten harder and harder.
(never has been easy to replace the side panel) .

its so bad i would NEVER buy another one. and only came with ONE drive lockdown (screwless) clip.
skip this one and get the :
Cooler Master HAF 912 !! much better !!!!

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  • josh b.
  • 6/1/2014 1:30:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWAS a good case...

Pros: I work in a computer shop and we have been using the Thermaltake V3's and V4's for 90% of our builds. In the past 6 months alone I have probably dealt with about 200 of them. Lets just say I know these things pretty well

These cases have TONS of space, easily supports full ATX boards and larger video cards such as the 760.

Great airflow.

Sturdy and nice look, doesn't feel like cheap flimsy metal.

Cons: If you are using a PSU with shorter cables you might have some minor issues with cable management, this is partially due to how spacious the case is, but a few more holes for running cables through the back and a bit more space between the back of the motherboard and the right side panel would be really nice.

Other Thoughts: Thermaltake's quality has DRASTICALLY gone down in the past 3 months or so. 4 months ago I would consistently rate these 5/5 for a $70 case. Now even taking the price into account I say 3/5.

I had one come in the other day that was completely rusted on multiple sides. Since it was for personal use and I didn't feel like going through the RMA process on a case, i fixed it with a dremmel, sandpaper and spraypaint.

I have recently had issues with the front panel not fitting properly causing issues with power buttons, removing them, use of the optical drives etc.

It seems they have been including less of the brackets that hold the ODD and HDD in place- it still has the bay, but they are no longer including the plastic grip thing that holds your drive in place for all the brackets no doubt to cut costs.

What happened Thermaltake, I used to swear by your company, now I'm hesitant to buy your products?

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  • John B.
  • 5/16/2014 7:24:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case!

Pros: Very pleased with this case! It is a well though out case that is sturdy and full of ventilation holes. No sharp edges, easy opening sides and front panel easy to remove........Great case! newegg does it again with FAST shipping!!! I ordered this and 1 day and 7 hours later, it was at my door!!!!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've built a few computers and used many different cases but this one ranks up near the top. I'm not a gamer and I don't look for anything fancy...I choose this case because I keep my computer on my desk and I like the front USB's mid case, not at the top. Also, there are perforations in the front, bottom, side, back with fan and top for ventilation. Nice case, Thermaltake!

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  • Andrew C.
  • 4/6/2014 6:42:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Tower

Pros: Everything about this tower is great. I have had it for over 3 years now and it is awesome. Great ventilation, everything mounts perfect, nice location for the power supply, and the price can't be beat.

Cons: Absolutely none.

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  • Jeremy P.
  • 4/3/2014 2:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIts Ok

Pros: Plenty Of Air Room , Has Allot Of Fan Install Slots ,Has A Nice PCI Card Slot Install Area In Rear

Cons: Made Out Of Really Thin , Light Weight Aluminum Material , Find Myself Always With The Air Duster For The Casing.

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  • Eddie D.
  • 3/5/2014 1:07:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap but got job done

Pros: it's just an ok case for 10 bucks more you can do much better, especially with the sales and the fractal core edition you get a much better quality case for just a little bit more

painted black i like

Cons: main issue was the bowing flex of case. i had the panel off the case for maybe 6 months and when i tried to put it back on would not fit. now i know i should leave it on but the poitn is the case cheap metal shifted and now wouldn't go back on correctly. and no i had no heavy things on top of the case to add insult to injury. it's just a cheapo case really but it got the job done

reset switch could be better placed instead of right on top of the power button. for months i didn't even notice it until one day i accidentally hit it. now on the left side of the case you see where there is another button that looks just like the power button? it's there just for looks and they could have easily made that the reset switch button instead of just having it for looks. a shortcoming of the case.

Other Thoughts: at the time i bought it it was good but nowadays you can get much better for a few bucks more. spend the few extra dollars and do it.

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