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Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis Review

BluePanda    -   February 12, 2012
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Closer Look:

The photos are far from over; the plastic bag and foam are removed to reveal something rather pleasing to the eye. The front almost presents itself as a decent replication of the HAF series from Cooler Master. This style seems to be the favorite from many manufactures, as they try to make proceeds off of a very concrete design. Three blue accents on either side of the drive bays give this case its own look, and I see great potential here for you modifying friends!

In contrast to the stylish front panel, the back side is about as average as that of any case you can find anymore. A couple of water tube ports, bottom mount PSU, an array of PCI-E slots, and a 120 mm fan make up the rear. At the top right you'll notice a little change-up in the form of peripheral protection (this feature allows you to "lock" your keyboard and mouse to deter thieves). Two thumb screws secure each panel, and a hidden fan filter for the bottom fans can be seen. We'll discuss this filter when we look at the innards of the case later on in the review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The left and right sides of the case are next. The left has a small window and, with the protective film removed, provides a clear look into the case. A large fan opening is covered with a mesh filter, but unfortunately doesn't come stock with the fan itself. The window provides a little peek inside, but it does not show off the hardware much. As for the right side, it is just a plain panel with a little extra room built-in for cable management.

 

 

The top I/O portion of the case can't go without mention. The center isn't a button but rather a blue emblem that actually "breathes" with a blue LED once it is hooked up properly. I'm not really sure why this feature was added; it reminds me of the Razer DeathAdder mouse logo which "breathes" for no particular reason other than to simply look "cool". Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports are available (unfortunately my motherboard does not support the USB 3.0 header, but it is still a great option). An eSATA port as well as microphone and headphone jacks are also available for quick access. What seems to be more and more common in cases is the hot-swap feature for both SSDs and standard HDDs. It is something I personally didn't care about prior but has slowly found a way to prove its usefulness to me over the last few months. It's a nice feature that I really enjoy seeing in chassis of all designs.

 

Overall this case is quite appealing from the outside. As a fan of any blue in cases, I'm happy to see the blue LED fans, blue accents, and blue power lights. Besides, what would a BluePanda be without her blue?




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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