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ThermalTake Chaser MK-I Review

Compxpert    -   August 29, 2011
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Closer Look:

With the windowed side panel out of the way we can finally get a look at the inside of the case. As you may notice there are a few large holes in the motherboard tray for running wires, all of which seem to contain rubber grommets, which help to keep your wires nice and neat as they work their way throughout the case. As with the side and bottom intakes, the front also has a removable fan filter to keep dust under control. Underneath the right side panel we have much of what you would expect to see, which includes the wiring of the case and of course the area in which all of your wire will run from the PSU. Space behind the tray proves to be more than adequate, and since you're going to be routing all of your wiring here, ThermalTake has been kind enough to provide plenty of areas that you can use to ziptie your wiring to keep it out of the way. The top panel of the case includes a single 200mm fan as well as support for another 200mm fan should you choose to buy one. Additionally, the top panel also offers support for 140mm and 120mm fans should you have other cooling methods in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case includes a great number of truly tool-less solutions and that is to say that these require absolutely no tools to install. These tool-less solutions, however, are only limited to the 3.5" and 5.25" bays and are not extended to the rear expansion slots, which utilizes thumbscrews. The tool-less solution for hard disk drives simply consists of a small door outfitted onto the bay, which once unhinged allows the tray to slide right out of the bay. After installing your 3.5" drive, or 2.5" since the trays offer support for it, you simply slide the tray right back into the bay and close the door, locking it into place. The 5.25" tool-less solutions allow you to simply insert your 5.25" device and slide it in until it locks in place. To remove it you simply push and hold in the blue button and slide the device right back out the front. As you can see, a large backplate hole has been included in the motherboard tray which seemingly should support the removal of just about any sort of backplate without the need to remove the motherboard from the case.

 

 

 

Just inside the case at the bottom is a convenient bracket with two thumbscrews, which allows you to adjust to support a wide range of PSU lengths. We also have two of our three included fans, which consist of a rear 140mm exhaust fan, a 200mm front intake color- changing LED fan, and a 200mm top exhaust color-changing LED fan. Next up we have our internal I/O connections for the top panel, and as you can see the USB 3.0 header is in with the mix. Bringing up the rear is a look at the top panel from the underside.

 

 

 

Up next we have a look at the rear of our right side panel, as well as a look at the back of our front panel. We also have a look at the back of our left side panel window, which if you take a look, only supports a 200mm fan and apparently nothing else. Of course our case would not at all be complete if it didn't come with some accessories. Included with the case is an internal 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter, which allows you to mount a 3.5" device in the 5.25" bays. This will work provided that your device of choice has mounting holes on the bottom and if it doesn't then you may have to find ulterior methods for installing, such as finding another bay converter. Also included as accessories are the necessities, such as screws and hardware to get you set up and even a few zipties to help with cable management.

 

 

 

Couldn't leave you without at least getting a closer look at the 3.5"/2.5" HDD tray. As earlier stated, once the device is installed into the tray, one simply slides it into the bay and closes the little door. Overall the case install went without a hitch. Wires were quite easy to hide due to the well placed holes in the motherboard tray as well as the way that the hard disk drives are mounted. No problems occurred during installation and everything was a breeze to set up. Even with my large heatsink there was no problem finding clearance between it and to top panel fan. Also, by the looks of it the case easily supports a Radeon 6970 or any similar length card.

 

 

What an impressive design from ThermalTake, but just how well does it hold in the tests? More on that after we review the specifications and features.




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