Page 2: The Exterior
As you see in the front image, the V9 sports a full mesh front panel backed by foam. The buttons and front panel accessories are on the top of the case and will be discussed later. The front 120mm fan is not obstructed from airflow - only a removable filter stands between it and the outside, ensuring a clear supply of fresh air to your PC. This fan can also be swapped out for a 140mm model, though the 120mm is supplied. Foam backing sits behind the entire front panel and is easily removed if needed.
The side of the V9 has an angled window to show off your PCs insides, as well as some openings to let air circulate in and out of the case. While many cases are filled with bling these days, Thermaltake chose to give the V9 a bit of understated style, with a modest window and a lone LED fan.
On the rear panel you see the bottom mounted PSU, as well as water cooling in/outlets at the top. The side panels are securely held on by four thumbscrews - a minor touch that means a lot when you are constantly accessing the inside of your PC, and one enthusiasts have come to expect. Also mounted on the rear of the case is a Thermaltake 120mm fan, this one a Turbo Blade model. It is still rated at a near silent 17 dBA, however.
As you can see, the top of the V9 is dominated by an absolutely huge 230mm fan. Hot air has no chance of remaining inside your case with this behemoth operating. Its large size and low RPM also mean that it won't keep you awake at night.
Also in the middle of the top panel are the front panel I/O ports, with the standard 2 USB 2.0 as well as audio ports. Their placement is curious - while moving the ports to the top has become more common lately, the middle of the panel location may make them difficult to access on a case sitting under a desk, for example. While there appears to be ample room for one, the eSATA port is absent on this case - it should be almost mandatory, shouldn't it?