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Thermaltake Commander G41 Review

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Thermaltake Commander G41Conclusion:

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphics cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini-ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer. This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.

Continuing tradition and starting with the negative things about the chassis and finishing on a positive note, The Commander G41 has a few set backs. Many of the issues I have pertaining to the chassis are minor, but they do add up with enough of them. My only major complaint I have against this chassis was the USB cable issue. The USB 3.0 is no stranger to be in the spotlight as it's a bulky cable and not very malleable. As I explained earlier in the review, the chassis simply does not have space for the 90-degree connector. A redeeming feature is the ability to remove the top hard drive cage. Unfortunately this is the only place the angled port can be used. The bottom cage does not come out and the 5.25" bays are too close. On top of giving up a bay, the connector will bend in an unsafe manner.

The next few issues all play off each other. It's no secret that this chassis overall temperatures is higher than most of its competition. The fact that it's a compact mid-tower plays into its overall temperatures and airflow. It's expected that the temperatures would be higher than a full tower just because the fact everything is closer together, which translates into the same amount of heat in a smaller space. Some of this can be resolved by removing the top hard drive cage to allow larger video cards and or more space for the card to breath. The simple fact that the chassis airflow is limited because of the low RPM pre-installed fans is the main reason for this. I'm glad Thermaltake did include a front and rear fan which is essential to achieving good temperatures, but lacking the ability to mount a second front fan is strange to me when the space is available.

On to the Pros! The Thermaltake G41 has a fair amount of good things going for it. While a compact chassis design generally has some issues as a explained above, it has benefits to be smaller as not everyone wants a giant chassis taking up space. This is because not everyone has a high-end gaming computer and or the need for multiple video cards. With a solid metal frame as a foundation and a decent manual, Thermaltake has all its bases covered.

With few other qualities this chassis is shaping up to be something decent in comparison to the stiff competition. Having support for any of the largest aftermarket CPU coolers available today is a great addition for any chassis. Not only is the extended space behind the motherboard tray is helpful. Add the fact that once the top hard cage is removed, there is no longer a limit of the video card size.

To wrap things up, the Commander G41 isn't a bad choice for the asking price. That is of course, if the numerous minor set backs does not effect your decision than this chassis has a good price point for what it offers.

 

Pros:

  • Well built metal frame
  • Good manual
  • Compact design
  • Support for large aftermarket CPU coolers (185mm)
  • Support for high-end graphics cards (410mm)
  • Easy cable management (38mm behind tray)

 

Cons:

  • Potential USB 3.0 cable issue
  • No USB 2.0 ports
  • Lack of second front fan mounts
  • Graphic card space limited without removing hard drive cage (270mm)
  • CPU temps a few degrees higher than other chassis in its class.


 

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  1. Thermaltake Commander G41: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Commander G41 Closer Look: The Case
  3. Thermaltake Commander G41 Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Thermaltake Commander G41: Specifications & Features
  5. Thermaltake Commander G41 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Thermaltake Commander G41: Conclusion
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