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Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis Review - The Build and Finished Product

Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
Finally! The cases we saw at CES are hitting the market from Thermaltake. Let's have a peek at the new Chaser A41.
By: | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 10, 2013 7:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Build and Finished Product




To complete the build, you shouldn't need to have reason to remove the front bezel with the external access to remove the bay covers, but I pulled it off for two other reasons. The first is that you can now see the 120mm fan installed in the front of the chassis and the second reason is that there is also a dust filter on the back of the bezel that clips in and out for easy cleaning.




I liked the blue accents at the top, so I installed the DVD drive at the bottom to try to make it look more natural. Since all you need to do is squeeze the blue tabs inward to pull out the cover, and the tool-free clips will secure drives well enough, even if you travel, not to require screws.




Inside the chassis things are close and compact, I cannot deny that. The thing is though, even with a large PSU, an ATX build, and a full length video card installed, I had no issues getting any of it into the chassis.




Out back, the rear I/O shield snaps right in, the expansion slot cover comes out with a thumbscrew, and the thumbscrews used in the slots are very secure. At the bottom, the PSU also goes right into place and lines up well.




Behind the motherboard tray I tried to exceed the limits of the room offered. I found I fell short, even with the adapter clips back here, using their straps and the holes in the tray, I seemed to manage everything well enough that nothing even touches the door panel.




Since I was buttoning everything up to get one last image of it prior to adding some power to test things, I figured I would hang a set of cans on the hanger to show how it will work for keeping your headset within reach, but out of the way when not in use.




When the Chaser A41 is powered, the front fan glows with blue LEDs. The thing about it is, no matter what angle you are looking from, this is about the best you can see those LEDs from the front of the chassis.




The 200mm fan, however, is much brighter, and floods both the inside as well as anything above or near the mesh.




The last part of the Chaser in which you will notice any lighting going on is the front I/O panel. Here the power button will glow along the front edge with a blue LED, and the HDD activity light to the right will glow with an amber light when the drive is accessed.

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