SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Chaser A71 Full Tower Case
PROD LINK: Chaser A71 Product Page
PRICE: $129.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
A look at the side panel intake fan, which is a Thermaltake TT-2020 sleeve bearing model, 20mm thick. One hopes it ends up being more reliable than the incredibly poor quality 200mm fans I got with my Corsair 650D, both of which failed in short order. While there are replacements available in this size, they don’t tend to be that cheap. Especially if you want anything other than sleeve bearings.
This fan, like all others this case comes with, terminate in a three pin motherboard header. There is no built-in fan controller like the GRone has, so if you want that functionality you have to pay extra for it. Me? I just hope it’s quieter with the fans running full out than the GRone under the same circumstances, yet keeping my video card cooler. I’m not asking much, am I?
Let’s get the side panels off and explore the inner workings of the case.
I am definitely seeing less space to work in than I’m used to, here, though it’s a little deceptive. Back to front, the case is, as I mentioned, only about 4mm shallower than the GRone, and that case was positively cavernous.
A look at the internal drive bays. The lack of a tool-free 5.25″ release mechanism above these betrays the positioning of the external 3.5″ bay on this case. I kind of feel like Thermaltake could have given me a couple more internal 3.5″ bays and just ditched that external one.
Before we go much further, how about we look at some of the accessories this case comes with?
First, we have an upgrade kit for one of Thermaltake’s all in one liquid CPU cooling solutions. This little doohickey attaches to the liquid cooler, and then you bolt the whole shebang to the case where the 120mm exhaust fan normally goes.
Other items included with the case are this here Y adapter and extension for the CPU cable, in case you need it, two fan connector to Molex adapters, in case you need them, a drive bay cover in case you need to make use of that 3.5″ external bay, and a speaker.
I won’t be using any of these. My power supply needs no help from Y cables, my mainboard has fan headers out the wazoo, I don’t have any floppy drives, and I don’t care to hear my system beep when it boots.
Also included are the usual pile of screws and some cable ties.
I don’t see these cable ties too often… they’re both a blessing and a curse at the same time. On one hand, they’re unobtrusive and easy to trim down. On the other hand, they are super easy to break. Most likely, you won’t get much use from them for power supply cables, because they’re too weak for that. In fact, I think I broke one by looking at it.