Thermaltake Chaser A41 Reviewred454 -
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Thermaltake Chaser A41 Testing:
Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, and motherboard during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted. No overclocking.
- Processor: Core i7 3770K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H70
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 9-9-9-24 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Corsair TX-750M
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
The A41 really surprised me. As you can see, these cases are virtually the same during the tests. When I first looked at this case, I admit that I thought for sure that there would be a much larger difference. I really expected a lot of heat build up in the A41. And the Ostrog GT has two 140mm front fans, so certainly it would have to be much cooler, right? Now I'm certainly not disappointed; just surprised. Neither the A41 or the Ostrog has side fans, and as much as I like side fans, having them probably wouldn't make much difference here. And while I have always had a weakness for cases loaded up with fans, perhaps I need to rethink my "More fans!" philosophy. Regardless, the airflow of the A41 is just fine.