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Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Chassis Review

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

The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Chassis

 

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The front of the Chaser has angles and molded components that leave almost no surface unchanged from the plain flat front most cases go with. There is most obviously the tabs for the 5.25" drives that got molded in light blue plastic above the large intake mesh with the Thermaltake logo at the bottom.

 

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The top of the chassis holds the I/O panel on both sides of the hard drive dock for both 3.5" and 2.5" connectivity. Behind the I/O panel there is a large removable panel covered in mesh to allow the exhaust fan to blow through it.

 

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The I/O panel covers audio, reset and fan controls for HI or LOW settings on the left. The right holds a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an e-SATA port and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. The power button is centered under the HDD dock.

 

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Removing the top of the chassis, you can see the Colorshift 200mm fan included in the chassis. There are holes for both 120mm and 140mm fans along with tabs to help mount a 2X 120mm radiator. You can either order a second 200mm fan for the top of use the one from the front if you have fans to replace that one.

 

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The left side of the Chaser continues the angles and unique shaping that we saw on the front. Most notably are the half-window over the vented area that will accept yet another 200mm fan, the thick 35mm tall feet, and the odd looking clip hanging at the top right corner.

 

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In case you hadn't guessed what it was for, when you release the outside of the clip it now has a place to hang your headset while not in use.

 

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The rear of the Chaser has all the things one would want in a chassis. Water cooling holes at the top, eight expansion slots, plenty of ventilation and a bottom mounted PSU.

 

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The right side panel didn't get overlooked either. This side keeps the same angles and indentations as the other side, minus the window and fan hole.

 

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Under the chassis you immediately see the large feet applied to this chassis. Not only do they swing out as shown, but they actually will rotate 360° in 45° increments. The dust filter on the table will cover the PSU intake as well as the 120mm fan hole in front of it, if your PSU is short enough to allow for it.

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