Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower Case

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SUPPLIED BY: Thermaltake
MANUFACTURER: Thermaltake
PRODUCT: Chaser A71 Full Tower Case
PROD LINK: Chaser A71 Product Page
PRICE: $129.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Here’s the owner’s manual, and it is excellent. Probably the best manual I’ve ever seen come with a computer case.

I promised you a look inside the right side panel, and here it is now. There is indeed a fair bit less room to work in compared to the GRone, so I have my work cut out for me. I like that all of those fan cables are sleeved… less clutter, better looks.

Naturally, there are a lot of motherboard connections to make. We have the usual front panel LED and switch connectors, a USB 3.0 motherboard header, a USB 2.0 header, and an HD audio header. All of which are done in black.

There’s our SATA cable for the docking bay. Which, I repeat, is replaceable.

A look at the top fan location from inside. Not only can you toss a 240mm radiator up in there, you can also remove that 200mm fan and use two 120s or 140s if you wish. Thermaltake doesn’t document that little feature, and they don’t include the extra fan screws you’d need to make use of it, but the screw holes are there and they take the same machine screws used by the 200mm fan.

You know, looking at the power supply mounting location, I’m not sure you’d be able to use anything really long here and still use that bottom 120mm intake fan location. We’ll test that out in a bit.

The expansion bays use a somewhat tool-free design in that it’s the usual knurled screw and cover design a lot of cases use these days, but I personally find these almost more of a hassle than anything. My MSI 280X video cards are so wide, you can’t get your fingers in there to unscrew these things, so you have to use a screwdriver on them anyway. But that’s a minor annoyance.

The top panel comes off for easy access to the top fan locations. Just grab it here and pull upwards – it’s clipped on. Watch the front panel, because it will push the front panel forward if you’re not careful (it too is merely clipped on) and that’s where the control panel is. You don’t want to damage that.