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Thermaltake Power Supply Mini Case Mini ITX 200 VL52021N2U


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  • Quintessence - Typical small form factor, Mini-ITX chassis; Qute - Cute , small size which require minimum spacing;
  • Quiet - Energy saving platform with fanless design; Built-in 200W SFX power supply
  • Front I/O ports for easy access; Compatible with Intel Atom platform; Don't settle for less.
  • Element Q supports full-size 5.25? Optical Disk Drives (Blu-Ray Players or DVD-RW Drives)
  • External Bay: 1x 5.25", 1x 3.5"; Internal Bay: 1x 3.5"
  • Expansion Slots: 1; Cooling System: None; Liquid Cooling Capable: No; Side Windows: None; Front I/O Panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x Micphone, 1x Speaker
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Thermaltake
  • Model: VL52021N2U

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 13 x 5.1 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002RWJGIG
  • Item model number: VL52021N2U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 7, 2009

Product Description

Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U 200W Power Supply Mini Case

Customer Reviews

The whole process took about five days.
terbeaux
There is VERY limited space for the cpu cooler under the power supply.
Sauron@Mordor
Great for easy access for a controller or usb stick.
Nico C

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By surmoi on March 26, 2011
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First, it comes with a 220W PSU instead of 200W in the title, which is a good thing.
Pro:
Standard 5 ¼" and 3 ½" drive slot, allows you to use old components.

Comes with a 220W PSU.

Large space between the 2 front USB connectors, you can plug in 2 USB devices without bending the connector.

Cons:
PSU mount directly on top CPU, and the PSU fan intake air directly above the CPU fan (unless you use a fanless ION/Zacate),
which not only limits the height of CPU cooler/fan (37mm~40mm Max., the Intel OEM Core2 fan won't fit), but also affect the cooling ability of CPU fan,
since they both try to intake the very limited amount air. (this is a FANLESS case)

Fanless, and there are no space to screw additional fan. There are enough space for a 120mm fan in the side 3.5" drive slot if not blocked by the bottom tray.
You can put a 3.5" drive and a fan on the side, but bad design of the case makes you spent a lot of extra work in order to do so.

There are a lot of space at the bottom of the horizontal 3.5 drive slot that is unused.

Conclusion:
A good case if you plan to use ION/Zacate board, otherwise, you will end up questioning the design of the case.
Quality better than the similar Apex case, less expensive than the Sliverstone one plus you can use a standard 5¼" optical drive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alice Y on March 14, 2010
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Used this together with Intel Atom Mainboard. Material is lightweight. The metal does not cut my fingers. Good ventilation. Able to insert a Samsung / LG SATA DVD Drive. I tried placing 01 x 500GB SATA Hard Disk vertically, without much problem.

If Hard disk is place horizontally, which is below the DVD bay, beware that the hard disk length may be too long, so near that it touches the CPU Fan. And also, it misses the RAM by 1 milimeter.

Hence i suggest putting it vertically. :)

Other than that, everything is great. I just love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rook1984 on September 13, 2010
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Overall, I'm satisfied with the layout of the case and the hardware included. The power supply does have a fan which is super quiet. I filled this case with an ASUS AT3IONT-I motherboard, ASUS DVD optical drive, VANTEC 60mm case fan, G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) RAM and Seagate 80g 2.5" HDD mounted in a SilverStone bay adapter. The PC is running on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx with Boxee and XBMC. The PC runs fairly cool but the 60mm fan was added to ensure no overheating. Although I didn't have to modify the case, I did bend some scrap aluminum in to a bracket for mounting the fan. There are cases smaller and lighter than this one but I didn't want to limit my hardware options. I would consider buying this case again if I were to construct another HTPC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sauron@Mordor on June 27, 2012
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I really want to like this case, but there are a couple of gotchas.

1. The front USB ports are only USB 2.0. Not a deal killer, but you'd expect USB 3.0 these days.

2. There is VERY limited space for the cpu cooler under the power supply. I had to scramble and find a 70x10mm fan to replace the fan on the stock AMD A8-3870 cpu installed in my motherboard. The stock AMD cooler would not fit.

3. There isn't adequate cooling for my AMD A8 cpu/gpu setup. I had to fabricate a small bracket to install another 70mm fan to blow air across the motherboard (from right to left side) or the cpu/gpu along with the power supply would quickly overheat when playing 720p video (which only uses about 10% of available cpu power). Without the auxillary fan, the power supply enclosure gets hot enough to burn your skin. I also had to underclock the cpu from 3.0ghz down to 2.4ghz to keep the heat in check.

Otherwise, I like the small form factor and it was easy to setup (except the drama with shoehorning an extra fan in there). My suggestion would be to avoid a cpu with a TDP over 35-40W, even though the case is rated to handle up to 100W (which is what my cpu is rated for).

Edit: It's 6 months later and the PSU failed. Going from 3 stars to 1. I'd avoid this case entirely since others seem to have gotten bad PSU's as well. Emails to customer service at Thermaltake haven't been answered.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By terbeaux on April 8, 2012
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I ordered this to build a PC for the kids. It did what I needed it to do for four months then the PSU died. It is a proprietary size so finding a replacement is impossible. Very disappointed with this product.

Edit 7/7/12: Thermaltake replaced the PSU under warranty and turned it around quickly. I had to ship it to them at my expense (typical) and they sent a replacement. They have a very easy to use warranty return website. The whole process took about five days. The replacement is still running after three months so, so far so good. Let's hope this one will live a long life. I commend Thermaltake for making it right. I'll post back if any more issues arise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter Boyle on November 14, 2011
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I built a small HTPC with this, mostly for running Netflix, Hulu, WMC and XBMC. The case works wonderfully for the use, the power supply is adequate (but just so) and the size is small enough not to be obtrusive in my living room. That said, there is no internal cooling or easy way to install it (there is just enough room for a stock CPU fan due to the placement of the power supply), I would suggest an SSD as your primary drive (they are smaller and if you buy the right one, cooler) and use external storage for anything big (you can find USB 3.0 motherboards in the Mini-ITX form factor and multi-bay external drives to go along with it). The space is tight and you may have trouble running the wiring depending on the layout of your motherboard. My only word of caution on buying this (other than the lack of cooling) is be sure you want/need a Mini-ITX board before you commit, other small form factors are available and may work just fine for you with fewer limitations.
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