ThermalTake Chaser MK-I ReviewCompxpert - August 29, 2011
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A good case isn't just all about looks. Ideally a good case is something that not only keeps your precious components safe and cool, but also looks great while doing it. Thermaltake, a leading manufacturer of heatsinks, power supplies, and chassis might just have what you are looking for with their full tower Chaser MK-I. The Chaser MK-I doesn't just look good with its black paint and blue accents, it also packs a good number of included fans with a total of three. Like many other full-tower chassis on the market the Chaser MK-I has excellent support for anyone looking to do watercooling, whether via a self-contained unit or an actual complete loop. When it comes to expandability the Chaser MK-I won't disappoint. It features six tool-less HDD bays and even allows you to add up to three more fans for more cooling performance. So, does the Chaser MK-I have the features to set it apart from the rest? You won't know until you take a closer look.
As with most Thermaltake products, this one comes in packaging with color instead of black and white, which really adds to the level of detail that can be presented on the packaging. That level of detail really does show the case well. On the front of the box we have our case aptly displayed from the front-left side which showcases some of its best features, such as the side-panel window. The front also lets us know that there are USB 3.0 capable ports, and unlike most cases which utilize some sort of USB type A connection that runs to the back of the case and plugs into the motherboard, this case actually has an internal USB 3.0 header. The left side of the box seems to consist of multi-language specifications. The back of the box appears to be where all the descriptive meat is at, which shows both its liquid cooling and air cooling capabilities, as well as other specific details. The right side of the box seems to be nothing more than filler, containing a shot of the case that is exactly like the shot on the front.
Upon opening the box, not only are we greeted by our usual friend encased in Styrofoam, but we also appear to have its manual right there with it. Like most all cases, this one is also packaged with plastic around it to prevent scratches to the outer surface during shipment.
So far so good with first impressions. This case is sure shaping up to be something amazing with its cooling capabilities right out of the box. Surely that cannot be all there is to say about it can there? Read on as we take a closer look.