The Chaser A71 is sleek and aesthetically pleasing, even if the light blue on the front matches nothing inside of the rig as was the case with my build. You really do need to see this chassis for yourself, the mix of protruding shapes, smooth and textured surfaces, along with having an easy to access I/O panel with a HDD dock right behind it, the exterior of this chassis really is a good looking chassis. If I were to fault this design for any reason externally, it would be the odd window location. Nobody wants to see the drive bays, wiring, and half of the CPU cooler, but I also get that to use a 200mm fan, you have to make some cuts.
Inside of the chassis, the management of all the chassis wiring, as well as the many leads from my PSU were easily handled with the management system offered in here. Even if you were to go to an E-ATX install, you do lose access to some of the holes with grommets, but there have been concessions made to still allow for the 24-pin plug, SATA cables, and the various power leads to be hidden there, too. With 160mm of room for CPU cooler, 340mm of room for video cards, and potentially a couple of cooling options for AIOs or custom water cooling, this full-tower has what it takes to grow along with you as your needs, wants, and desires in what makes the best PC for you.
Since we are on the topic of cooling, you really cannot ask for a better design and layout of the fans. With a 200mm pushing in through the front, and another in through the left side panel, there is a ton of air being forced in. With only a single 200mm at the top of the chassis and the much smaller 120mm fan in the rear, it leaves the chassis with positive air pressure during use. So, along with above average temperature results (meaning lower than normal) that I saw when testing, you also have the fact that you cannot hear a thing from the chassis if you are further away than the three inches I had to be to hear it.
The Chaser A7 is very solid in all aspects. With the panels off, the chassis does not flex much at all, the tool-free clips on the ODD bays are very secure and kept the DVD drive locked tight. The removable bay covers on the front don't rattle and are easy to access and remove from outside the chassis, I mean no matter where I want to look at the way the Chaser A71 was built or holds on to components, things are right as rain, and exactly what you should look for in a chassis.
When it comes down to the all mighty dollar, and we have to get back to the pricing, I still feel, maybe even more so, that the Chaser A71 from Thermaltake is feature rich, aesthetically appealing, a pleasure to work with, and for $139.99 that most people are listing it for, I not only think it is money well spent, but I strongly urge you to go out and at least look at one - the images are close, but they just don't do this case the justice it deserves in my humble opinion.
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