Getting right into it and just looking at the PS06, I will say this for Thermaltake. Even with more aggressive styling, I like this chassis more if I was to choose which case with blue accents to buy. Outside of that direct comparison, for the price Thermaltake is asking, it puts this chassis in direct contention with cases like the 600T, DF-85, Sniper Scout, and even the Raven 03. With that in mind, this chassis does offer the same things as most of the other chassis', Raven excluded, as it has many tricks up its sleeve. This is a tough spot to make a judgment call on what case I would choose over another. The 600T has its place on my table, the Raven is nice on the inside, but the gold really turned me off, and the DF-85 is too loud. So where does this leave the Chaser MK-1? Well, to me it's right on par with most of the competition, and it's the only full tower I have seen with blue accents, so the size of the chassis is the call to me over the PS06.
Issues with any part of the process in building the chassis or its use? Well, there aren't any! While I didn't like the way that the tool-free clips hold in the drives in the 5.25" bays, it served the point of aligning the drive to install screws provided. One other thing that isn't an issue because my motherboard supports it, it's the USB 3.0 connection. For those looking to get a new case and run their older rig, you are just out of luck for USB 3.0. There is not a provided adapter for those who would want to plug it into a rear USB 3.0 port or even adapt it to work with a USB 2.0 port at the bottom of the board. Like I said, this isn't an issue personally, but I'm looking out for the rest of the case buyers out there.
Moving on, I will now cover the cooling in the Chaser MK-1. The front fan does a good job at cooling the hard drives, but if you plan to fill all the hard drive trays, you will seriously impede its flow. The matching 200mm fan in the top offers a ton of airflow through the top. The addition of the 120mm fan in the rear as exhaust, helps out quite a bit with removing any un-needed heat that the 200mm fan up top doesn't get. Just these three fans alone are plenty to keep the chassis cool for most users. For those looking to fill this case to the gills with hardware, the options for additional fans are near endless. You can move the front fan to the top and have a pair of 20mm up top, and replace the front fan with a pair of 120mm fans. You can add yet another 120mm fan to the floor if you choose. Lastly, if the GPUs are getting toasty, you can also add a 200mm fan to the inside of the door panel.
I really like what Thermaltake has accomplished with the Chaser MK-1. It has everything I would want and need to get my new Sandy Bridge build fully under way. Honestly, I wish I had an old GIGABYTE motherboard or a midrange ASUS board so that my setup matched the chassis a bit more. Other than that, I really can't see where you can really dissect anything wrong here outside of personal preference to the exterior aesthetics. With USB 3.0 connectivity and a hard drive dock on top of what we expect in a chassis, just makes the deal that much sweeter in my mind. Between the PS06 for a cheaper price and this Chaser MK-1, both with the same accent colors, I would go with the Chaser MK-1. Not only because the HD Audio cable reaches, or the HDD dock isn't awkwardly allowing the drive to hang out the front, but because the Chaser MK-1 adds more bang for the buck to your purchase. Speaking of which, if you do decide this is the case for your next build, Newegg.com's pricing of $159.99 is on point and worth every penny!
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