Thermaltake trots out new cases, PSUs, and a USB 3.0 docking station at CES

We stopped by Thermaltake’s suite at CES last week to check out the company’s wares, including a collection of new cases both big and small. In addition to showing its outlandish Level 10, the company had a number of decidedly more traditional cases on display.

Mini-ITX fans will be pleased to know that Thermaltake is getting into that market with the Element Q. This small-form-factor design measures 330 x 220 x 130 mm and packs a 200W power supply with a 60-mm fan. External 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays are included alongside an internal 3.5" bay for hard drives.

For those who prefer portable full-sized systems, the V5 Black Edition puts a beefy handle on top of a mid-tower enclosure. The V5 can accommodate ATX motherboards and offers eSATA connectivity in its front-panel port cluster. You also get a massive 200-mm fan up top and a 120-mm exhaust fan at the rear.

While the V5 is a largely simplistic design, the Element V has a little more enthusiast flair, including five fans ranging in size between 120 and 230 mm. A nifty knob on the top panel gives users a measure of manual fan speed control alongside the usual complement of expansion ports. You can configure the bay stack to accommodate either 11 5.25" drives or five 5.25" drives alongside six 3.5" ones. This tower also supports Extended ATX motherboards, and the Nvidia edition has ducting designed specifically for upcoming Fermi-based graphics cards.

Although not an official model just yet, the Element chassis also played host to a novel cooling solution fueled by Freon. The system doesn’t use thermoelectric cooling or otherwise exotic heat exchangers—it’s just circulating Freon as a heat transfer medium. Thermaltake says the design is quite robust, and while it’s displayed Freon-powered prototypes in the past, this is easily the most polished incarnation we’ve seen.

Thermaltake had plenty of PSUs on display, as well. The most interesting model was the Toughpower Grand 750W, which boasts 80 Plus Gold certification and an impressive seven-year warranty. The Grand uses a single 12V rail and features a 140-mm fan of Thermaltake’s own design. Interestingly, the casing has neatly curved edges—a treatment the company says will trickle down to other ToughPower models over time.

No visit to Thermaltake would be complete without pictures of crazy looking coolers, and the SpinQ VT (pictured above) didn’t disappoint. This cylindrical design uses a blower-style fan and can dissipate up to 160W. Thermaltake also showcased the Frio, which sports dual 120-mm fans and is meant primarily for overclocking. The Frio weighs just over a kilogram, with all that aluminum apparently capable of dissipating up to 220W.

Not content to let the buzz surrounding USB 3.0 pass it by, Thermaltake also showed a SuperSpeed version of its popular BlacX docking station. Little has changed apart from the faster interface, and Thermaltake expects the new model to command about a $20 price premium over USB 2.0 flavors, at least initially. I want one already.

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    • Farting Bob
    • 10 years ago

    Thermaltake: Because style is way more important than quality, practicality, noise, efficiency and value.

    • 0g1
    • 10 years ago

    Why do people need 5 5.25″ drive bays? I only need 1….

      • CheetoPet
      • 10 years ago

      1 for your dvd, 2×2 for your dual loop reservoirs. =)

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    The Element V case comes with special ducting designed for Fermi….uh oh.(0-0).
    Anyone guessing its going to be a cool running,low power consumption part?

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 10 years ago

    Erm, it looks like you could potentially loose a few fingers while handling the SpinQ VT. Looks pretty cool IMO tho, and if it’s as good as they say at heat dissipation, might have to get one.

    The Freon cooler is kinda neat, but I can’t ever see it making mainstream production. What if it were to leak? Would do little harm to you, but the enviro preservation peeps whould be going spare over the CFC release and damage to the ozone layer.

    Ohh, erm, no…. LOL.

      • grantmeaname
      • 10 years ago

      I don’t think they would, it’s probably tiny amounts of it compared to fridges.

      Freon’s not just one chemical, anyways, it’s a name for a handful of similar ones. I doubt they’re using the really pernicious one that long ago fell out of common use.
      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorofluorocarbon#Numbering_system)

        • geekl33tgamer
        • 10 years ago

        Glad for the link – You was asking me to call up my A-Level Science then, and that was from a while back. All I could recall that Freon was made up of a number of different chemicals, many of which fell out of favour years back, and had various restrictions placed on them in several countries.

        Now while this whole “mini-fridge” idea for a CPU cooler definatly sounds good, are they able to make run just like a fridge, and not require any sort of outside aid or top-up’s for a long period of time?

        Could it also potentially be used to freeze the CPU instead? Say, hold it at -18 like a regular freezer? They give no mention in the article on how cool (or even quiet) the demo they had was running, so would be good to know…

      • Skrying
      • 10 years ago

      Considering Thermaltake has never made a very good heatsink… doubt it.

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 years ago

        Heh. The original Spinq sucked, and I don’t expect the VT to do much better. Thermaltake had a brief run with the Big Typhoon, but was soon overtaken by Thermalright, Scythe, Noctua and nowadays even by prior unknowns like Prolimatech, Xigmatek, etc. Hell, even Cooler Master is making better heatsinks than Tt at the moment. It’s a far cry from the Volcano days when they were the only game in town.

        • geekl33tgamer
        • 10 years ago

        I’m on the fence with that one… I used to use a Tt Big Typhoon VX cooler on my Athlon X2 CPU. It kept the X2 6400+ BE in check, and seeing as that CPU never wanted to overclock, coolers performance was never questioned.

        Everyone knows that CPU ran silly hot anyway, but the temps were ok. I will fess up tho – I only bought it because it was cheap, lol.

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