Thermaltake Chaser A41 Reviewred454 - August 4, 2013
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Thermaktake Chaser A41 Introduction:
Thermaltake has been around since 1999 and there is an impressive list of "firsts" in its pocket, including the first turbine cooler 'Golden Orb' for Intel Pentium processors, and the world's first liquid-cooler for for CPUs in 2004. Also in Thermaltake's arsenal are power supplies, fans, air and liquid cooling solutions, and last but not least, cases.
Thermaltake has a wide variety of cases to choose from. Conservative or cutting edge - if you know anything about Thermaltake cases, you certainly know that sometimes it throws the rules out the window. Just look at the wild Level case series. You can't forget those. But today we are looking at the Chaser A41, which is the latest member to join Thermaltake's hardcore gaming series. The Chaser range includes the MK-1, A31, A41, and the big daddy A71. The A41 is a mid tower with some nice features, including front panel USB 3.0 support, LCS (liquid cooling system) support, and tool free drive bays.
Thermaktake Chaser A41 Closer Look:
The box - yes, we have a nice glossy finish. The other cases I have reviewed so far have all been in plain brown cardboard boxes. And of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but the graphics here certainly get your attention. "Chaser A41 - Pursuit Without Fear" is displayed right up front. The front and back of the box are identical. The ends have a list of features and are otherwise fairly simple.
Inside we have the large Styrofoam end caps keeping everything well protected so that damage is minimized during transit. The plastic bag does its usual job and protects the case from damage that can be caused by the closed cell Styrofoam as it rubs against the finish. Overall a pretty standard shipping package used by most chassis manufacturers.
Thermaltake uses a series of plastic strips to cover mission critical front, top, and side panel components on the outside of the case offering further protection of these components during the shipping process.Once I removed all the plastic strips I am now ready to tear into the Chaser A41 case from Thermaltake!
Of course there is the distinctive Thermaltake logo right up front.