ThermalTake Chaser MK-I ReviewCompxpert - August 29, 2011
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Now that all the packaging is out of the way we can get a closer look at just what this case delivers. Like many great cases, this one sports a windowed side panel and a side intake for a fan. However, that is simply all that it is. The side panel does not include a fan at all, only supports a 200mm, and offers no adaptability towards other smaller sized fans. You may have also noticed a small rectangular shape attached to the side panel in the the right side of the photo. This is a special little accessory that once folded outward provides a convenient holder for gaming headsets. Additionally, the side panel window also gives us a quick glance at the inside of the case and just like the outside, the inside is painted black. The front panel, just like the top panel, consists of ABS plastic in nearly all black — bar the blue accents found on the 5.25" bay covers. Looking at the right side of the case there isn't much to see except that the side panel is nearly a mirror image of the windowed side panel, but with no window or fan intake. Finally bringing up the rear is the back of the case. Like many cases out today, this one also installs PSUs at the bottom, and like most other Full Tower cases, a total of eight expansion slots can be found in the rear. The rear also sports three grommet holes, so rest assured that adequate watercooling support is provided with this case.
Like the front panel, the top is also made of plastic and contains a few more blue accents. Both the top and front panels are easily removed just by simply pulling either off. Both are able to detach and reattach with no effort thanks to the plastic clips that secure them to the case. It is important to keep this in mind since you may find yourself wanting to lift the case by the top panel, which is not a great idea due to how easy it detaches. The bottom of the case features an elongated fan filter which handles both the PSU and bottom 120mm fan should you have one. Thermaltake made a nice addition to this case with its big feet, which can be turned outward to provide it with further stability so that there's no way this one will ever tip over. Last but certainly not least we have our top panel I/O, which sports an easy-to-use HDD Docking station, much like the ThermalTake BlacX HDD docking stations. Just like the BlacX this docking station allows you to install either a single 3.5" or 2.5" drive which hooks up to your internal SATA data connector and Molex for power. Providing you have AHCI support enabled in your BIOS you will be able to hotswap drives through this bay. On either side of the docking station we have our typical Power and reset switches, power LED, and fan controls for the Colorshift fans, which consist of speed and color.
Wow — so far this is shaping up to be quite an interesting case. Being loaded with a plethora of features, this case does it all. But this is only just the tip of the ice berg. Let's move on with a look at the inside.