Sunday, 12 June 2011 22:36

ThermalTake Element Q in the lab



05As motherboards get smaller and CPUs run cooler the demand for smaller cases grows. The idea of the small form factor case is nothing new but these days awe find the number of these is growing as well.  The idea is simple; stuff a motherboard (complete with CPU, GPU etc), optical drive and some type of storage into a small area while keeping things cool, pretty easy right? We take a look at one entry from ThermalTake; The Element Q. This is a small form factor case that has a few nice things to offer (like a 200 Watt Power Supply). So let’s take a look that the Element Q and see how it handles a system built around the Intel Core i5 661 CPU.



01The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition North American Finals for 2010 has come to a close. All the LN2 is gone, the press and contestants have all gotten home by now and the rooms at the Pacific Palms resort are all cleaned up. The top three overclockers for the event were sno.lcn, mikeguava and Ross. All three were awarded prizes but only sno.lcn and mikeguava will be flying out to Taipei for the world championship.

Gold-Award-introAbout a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.


The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.
DecryptedTech staff and their families are not eligible for this contest.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario
Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum.About a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.

The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario

Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum. Head over to the Modding Competition Thread to get started