A little less than a year ago Thermaltake presented a new case without much notice. It is called Thermaltake Versa H26 TG and belongs to the category of the simple Midi-Tower. Among the features on offer are a glass side window, plenty of space for current hardware, support for radiators and two mounting options for the very rare 5.25 drives.
The Thermaltake Versa H26 TG is only available in a black version and is priced at $59,99. According to Thermaltake, this makes it particularly suitable for gamers who are looking for a case that offers many features, but still remains affordable. Whether the Versa H26 TG meets this description and how it performs in general, we will find out for you in the following test.
|Model:||Thermaltake Versa H26 TG|
|Housing type:||Midi Tower|
|Dimensions:||220 mm (W) x 493 mm (H) x 464 mm (D)|
|Material:||Steel, plastic, tempered glass|
|Front connections||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x loudspeaker, 1x microphone|
|Drive bays:||2x 5,2″ (external)
2x 3,5″ or 2,5″ (internal)
3x 2,5″ (internal)
|Form factors:||E-ATX, ATX, mATX, mini-ITX|
|Ventilation:||Front: 3x 120 or 2x 140 mm
Rear: 1x 120 mm
cover: 3x 120 mm or 2x 140 mm
|Radiators:||Front: 1x 360 mm, 1x 240 mm
Lid: 1x 360 mm, 1x 280 mm, 1x 240 mm
Rear: 1x 120 mm
|Max. CPU cooler height:||160 mm|
|Max. Graphics card length:||340 mm|
|Max. Power supply length:||160 mm (with HDD cage), 220 mm (without HDD cage)|
|Cable management space:||25 mm|
|Place for front radiator:||55 mm|
|Place for cover radiator:||55 mm|
|Special features:||Dust filter, cable management, glass side panel|
Scope of Delivery
The Thermaltake Versa H26 TG comes well and safely packed in a brown cardboard box with black lettering and is wrapped in a soft foam. Furthermore, the manufacturer has covered the side window with an additional protective film to prevent scratches. The supplied accessories were stored in a transparent bag and fastened inside the housing. This bag contains all important screws, ten black cable ties, a mainboard speaker and an illustrated manual in several languages.
Also included are a black 120mm rear fan and pre-installed mainboard spacers.
The front section of the Versa H26 TG consists of plastic and a large mesh grille. However, since the mesh grid has no special shapes, the front appears relatively restrained and timeless. Above the fan grille, you’ll also find two f-stops that cover the external 5.25″ bays. With a bold jerk, the front fairing can be pulled off and behind it the three mounting positions for 120 mm fans can be seen. To protect against dust, the manufacturer has also attached a slightly finer fabric filter behind the mesh grid. One last feature that distinguishes the front end is the I/O panel, which is well equipped for the price class. This is located in the upper area and has two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone, headphones and one button each for power and reset.
The fact that Thermaltake has designed the Versa H26 for water cooling or a high airflow can also be seen in the lid. This consists of a single large fan grille covered by a magnetic mesh dust filter. The fan grille has various bores and rails to ensure the mounting of a 360 mm or 280 mm radiator.
The right side part of the Midi Tower is completely closed and has a pull-out aid or knurled screws that remain on the side part after disassembly (“Captive Thumbscrews”). The right side part consists of 4 mm thick tempered glass and is slightly darkened. Four flat knurled screws with a layer of rubber to protect the body from scratches are used to fasten it to the body. In addition, the body has a foam strip at the top and bottom on which the glass pane is stored.
Rear and bottom sections do not offer any big surprises. The case stands on four solid and rubberised plastic feet with a stylish aluminium look. The dust protection for the power supply unit is provided by a fine fabric filter, which can easily be removed to the rear for cleaning. Above the power supply there are seven slots for PCI expansion cards with a mounting mechanism outside the housing and the pre-installed fan with a frame width of 120 mm. Unfortunately, a first negative point stands out here. The PCI slot apertures can only be broken out and are not reusable.
Overall, the general workmanship and value for a case with a price of $59,99 is absolutely fine.
In the interior Thermaltake follows the current trend. It has a very open design and therefore offers a lot of space for hardware. A power supply cover divides the interior into two chambers. The mainboard and the expansion cards are mounted above the cover. In addition, the mainboard tray has various cutouts for better cable routing and a large cutout for the subsequent installation of CPU coolers with backplate. In addition, a total of eight of these openings were equipped with stylish and practical rubber cuffs.
The Versa H26 TG supports a total of seven drives. In the 5.25″ cage, the buyer can install up to two DVD drives or fan controls in the 5.25″ format. Below the power supply cover there is space for two 3.5″ or two 2.5″ hard drives in the HDD cage. The assembly is carried out in stable and decoupled plastic frames. Three additional 2.5″ SSDs can be screwed directly to the mainboard carriage. Another nice feature of the H26 is that you can easily remove both drive cages if necessary.
As on the outside, the Versa H26 TG is painted completely black on the inside. There are no sharp edges and the paintwork or general workmanship quality is fine for the targeted price range.
System Construction in Thermaltake Versa H26 TG
Now we come to system installation. As hardware I use a Intel Xeon 1230v3 on a Gigabyte H87M-D3H with 16GB RAM. The Xeon is represented by a LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120 cooled. An HD 7850 2GB from Asus is responsible for the image output. The power supply does the non-modular be quiet! pure power with 400W. In order to improve the wiring optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks* were used.
During the installation of all components there were no problems and the system was assembled very quickly. The generous space conditions in the interior and the pre-installed spacers contributed to this, among other things. Due to the well placed cable openings, the power supply cover and the generous space behind the mainboard tray, the cabling result is very satisfactory and the right side panel was very easy to close.
The good space conditions are not only important for cabling, but also for the general selection of components. According to the manufacturer, a maximum of 160 mm or 340 mm is available for CPU coolers and graphics cards. This is sufficient for most pixel accelerators and many powerful CPU coolers. Also friends of water cooling should get their money’s worth with the Versa H26 TG. The modular components (ODD cage, HDD cage and power supply cover) support a 240 mm or 360 mm radiator in the front and cover.
The tool-free assembly of large hard disks within the plastic frame works well. Decoupling does its job properly, but it can’t absorb all the vibrations of a large hard drive. SSDs and 2,5″ hard disks are fixed with four normal screws either to the mainboard tray or also in the HDD cage.
The only pre-installed fan in the Versa H26 TG is completely black, comes with a sleeved cable and rotates at a maximum of 1200 rpm. At this speed, it can be heard from within the cabinet and also produces a few background noises. If you lower the fans to 600-700 rpm, however, the volume is significantly reduced.
Finally, we come to the temperature measurements. To do this I ran Prime95 and Furmark for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 17.5 °C and then determined the temperature of the processor and graphics card with the CPUID HWMonitor. During the test only the pre-installed fan in the rear was connected and all fans were running at 100%. After 15 minutes, maximum temperatures of 59°C for the CPU and 68°C for the GPU were reached. These temperatures are absolutely in the green range and if you consider that only one case fan is installed, the Versa H26 TG offers a high potential for a good airflow.
Capitulation of the Thermaltake Versa H26 TG Review
Let us now come to the end of this review. Thermaltake did a lot right with the Versa H26 TG. It has a timeless but appealing design, a high airflow potential and offers a lot of space for components. It is also fully protected with dust filters and offers other features such as tempered glass, sophisticated cable management and modular drive cages.
Only the breakable slot bezels and the ambient noises of the case fan attracted negative attention. Considering the price of $59,99 these are points that can be neglected. Whoever likes the Thermaltake Versa H26 TG optically and who can do without RGB lighting, gets a super equipped housing with a very good price-performance ratio with this midi tower.