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Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

"Pursuit without fear" is the tag line inspiring the new Chaser MK-1 from Thermaltake. Let's see if there is anything to be scared of!

| Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 7, 2011 6:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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First off, the Chaser MK-1 is a full tower option made mostly of SECC steel that gets a black painting inside and out. To give the chassis a unique look, Thermaltake uses a combination of black ABS plastic and steel mesh. This twenty-seven pound chassis measures in at 22.4" tall, 22.9"from front to back and 9.3" wide. This will allow for plenty of room for CPU cooler height and room for VGAs up to 330mm in length. This chassis will accept both Micro ATX and full ATX motherboards and has room for up to eight expansion cards. In the front half of the interior of the chassis you will find room for four 5.25" devices along with a rack for either six 3.5" drives or 2.5" drives with holes in each tray to mount the 2.5" drives.

As for the outside of the chassis, I am just going to let the images that follow cover that; there is a lot of angles and slashes of light blue going on to describe it without the images present.

 

Cooling the Chaser MK-1 is handled quite well. From the factory you will receive a pair of 200mm Colorshift fans; one in the front, and one in the roof of the chassis. Both fans can produce up to 800 RPM of speed while keeping a sound rating of 18 dBA, maximum. The rear of the chassis comes with a 120mm TurboFan installed as an additional exhaust. Options for adding fans are great, too. You can add another 200mm to the top, or re-use the front intake fan there if you decide to install a pair of 120mm fans in the front of the chassis as it is equipped to be able to do. If you want to go with water cooling, the top of the chassis has full support for a dual radiator, but I believe a triple can fit with very little modding. There is one available spot to fill with an optional fan and that is the spot in front of the PSU which will accept a 120mm fan of your choice.

 

I know I only covered the majority of the basics of the Chaser MK-1, but in my defense, to cover all the features here would take another full page. I will be sure to cover everything as we go along, so keep that in mind as we discuss the pricing and availability. As I check the good old, dependable, Google shopping, I see that the Chaser MK-1 is listing at over 29 sites as I type this out, including eBay listings. Pricing starts as low as $139 and depending on the retailer, pricing goes as high as $200 US dollars! On the lower end of that spectrum you will find the listing at Newegg.com at $159.99, plus shipping of course. Like I had mentioned, it is close to the SST-PS06 pricing, but far enough away that there really needs to be that special something, or a combination of small things that will win out over the afore mentioned chassis, so let's get right to it and see why you should spend $50-60 more for this design over the direct competition.

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