Thermaltake Commander G41 Reviewhornybluecow - August 5, 2014
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Thermaltake Commander G41 Introduction:
Today we take a look at the Thermaltake Commander G41, which is one of the newest entries into Thermaltake's chassis lineup. Established in 1999, Thermaltake was, and is, the leading company for aftermarket cooling. The company is also largely involved with the esports community, making peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and headphones with a mission of "delivering the perfect user experience." Being a well known brand has great rewards, as it can spend more time in research and development to really deliver that user experience. Thermaltake has already branched out into the power supply and computer accessories markets while keeping a steady supply of new chassis year after year.
The G41 is priced at $69.95 MSRP, which puts it right next to the competition price wise for the mid tower chassis. Thermaltake G41 chassis comes in two flavors: with a window; and one with a solid panel with two window mounts. While they should be identical other than the exterior, this review is based on the window version which is priced the same. So let's dive into this review and see what Thermaltake is offering in this mid tower.
Thermaltake Commander G41 Closer Look:
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis has similar resemblance to the Versa series with the angled granted front and the extruded side panels. Without spoiling the rest of the review, let me first give you a run-down of the exterior of this chassis. From left to right; the front has three exposed 5.25" bays with the I/O ports above aligned neatly across the front. The back is more or less standard that every modern chassis. This particular one comes with a 120mm rear fan, eight expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left side panel includes a large size window showing most of the interior of the chassis. Finally, the right panel is solid, but holds a bit of interest with its extruded panel that is reflected on the opposite side.
The top of the chassis offers a few cooling solutions with support for up to two 120mm fans in either space with options for larger fans if necessary. Thermaltake took a different route by allowing up to a 200mm or 140mm fan which isn't very common in a mid-tower. Strangely the 140mm fan mount is only included for the second space. I feel the design team could have pushed the mounting hole apart enough to allow two 140mm fans to be installed. In any case a 200mm fan should be enough for anyone who wants to move a large amount of air around.
Flipping the chassis over reveals a lackluster underside. Of course there can't be much to be said about the bottom of case and this one falls just over the bare minimum. The chassis includes a thin metal mesh over the power supply that act more of a improvised dust filter. Over to the right of the power supply space is mounting holes for an 120mm fan. combined with four rubber feet, it's enough to fill the needs and not a big deciding factor.