The Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition coming in at $98.99CAD has a lot of the buzz words going for it. Buzz words like RGB, tempered glass, and PSU shroud but is it worth your hard-earned?
Straight off one of the buzz words the Thermaltake V200 doesn’t have going for it is high airflow. It does have an air vent at the back front of the case for the 3 included front RGB fans. The back brackets for the PCIe slots break away instead of being removable; At this price point that seems like an odd choice. I am not sure how much they saved by doing so but it hardly seems worth it when competing with overall much better cases for a similar price. Let’s take a look at the specs from Thermaltake.
Thermaltake V200 Key Features
The V200 Tempered Glass Edition mid-tower chassis is the perfect upgrade for someone looking to give their rig a facelift. It features a durable tempered glass window, clear acrylic front window, and a handy PSU cover. This powerhouse little rig also comes fitted with 3 120mm 12V RGB intake fans that are dual-mode controlled either via the I/O port RGB button or the synchronization with enthusiasts’ favorite RGB capable motherboard brands. The brands supported include Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Biostar, and ASRock. The v200 is the latest in our line of sleek tempered glass cases, built for high-end hardware and custom system designs.
Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Specifications
|Model||V200 TG RGB|
|Case Type||Middle tower|
|Dimension (H x W x D)||446 x 204 x 439 mm|
(17.6 x 8.3 x 17.3 inch)
|Net Weight||7.1 kg / 15.65 lb|
|Side Panel||4mm Tempered Glass x 1|
|Color||Exterior & Interior : Black|
|Cooling System||Rear (exhaust) : |
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan (1000rpm, 16dBA)
Front (intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm RGB fan (1000rpm, 16dBA) x3
3 x 2.5“
2 x 3.5”
|Motherboards||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)|
|I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, RGB Button x 1|
|PSU||Standard PS2 PSU (optional)|
|Fan Support||Front: |
3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm
2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm
1 x 120mm
|Radiator Support||Front: |
1 x 240mm, 1 x 280mm
1 x 120mm
|Clearance||CPU cooler height limitation: 160mm|
VGA length limitation: 380mm
PSU length limitation: 170mm
The Thermaltake V200 comes with 4 included 120mm fans, three of which are front RGB fans. Thermaltake includes a hub to control the RGB, and there is an included RGB button in the front I/O. The fourth fan is at the rear of the case and is not RGB.
The front of the case does have a vent at the front right side of the case for the three front fans. The vent doesn’t do the greatest job of providing air for the fans but it’s there.
The cooling potential can be improved by moving the front fans to the inside of the chassis. Doing this step will give the fans a better chance of accessing the ventilation that’s provided.
The Thermaltake V200 supports up to a 280mm radiator at the front of the case, and up to a 120mm radiator at the rear of the case. The V200 doesn’t support a radiator at the top of the case, which is a shame, but I believe there isn’t enough clearance, especially if you were to have tall ram. The top of the case does have support for either two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans
Cleaning The Thermaltake V200 RGB
Cleaning the Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition will be pretty straight forward. The top of the case has a magnetic dust filter, and the bottom has a filter for your PSU. The front of the case, however, does not have any filters, which is a shame at this price point.
Cable management in the Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB case is pretty easy but a bit weird in places. Some of the cutouts don’t line up how you would like them. Overall not a huge deal but at this price point, it should be a nicer experience.
The top front of the case is where you will find the I/O on this case. It includes a power button, reset button, RGB button, two USB 2.0, and a single USB 3.0. Thermaltake did include a separate RGB button so you don’t lose your reset button if you happen to want to use that feature. USB 2.0 in 2019 is more than a little dated at this point. I am not sure why they would go this route, especially in this price bracket.
The Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition has room for three 2.5inch drives and two 3.5inch drives. The case also has seven expansion slots. The slots are the breakaway style, so once you break them, they are forever open. Again not sure why they would do that at this price point.
Final Thoughts On The Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB
After spending some time on this case I feel as though it should be coming in at a lower price point. At its current price, there are just too many other better options. Other cases in this price bracket are more refined in terms of features they include as well as the overall design. If this case were targeting a lower-tier price bracket, then I would have a different opinion as I would feel you would be getting some great features at a budget-friendly price point.
As it stands though, there’s a lot of competition offering better options. If for some reason, however, you’re in love with the look of this case or you have another reason, then so be it. It’s not a bad case if you aren’t focused on high airflow. It’s just that there are cases with better features out there at this price point. If you’re looking for a mid-tower that won’t break the bank and has high airflow potential check out my review of the MasterCase H500P from Cooler Master.
Note: If you move the front fans to the inside of the chassis instead of where they are on the outside, the vent will have a better chance of being able to feed the fans with fresh air. This one step will change this case from a poor performer to a decent performer. The case should come configured like this out of the box and in my opinion, makes it worth buying if you’re looking for a combination of looks and performance