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Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 8)

By Chad Sebring on May 10, 2013 02:25 am CDT - 2 mins, 46 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts

The Chaser does have some aggressive styling with bold blue accents, and while it definitely isn't the sleek and sexy case that many want, I think the design isn't that over the top to alienate itself, like some other cases we seen over the years. The lines, amount of mesh, and the bold accents all seemed to work some magic on me. Typically I don't care for cases with specific colors on them, when I don't own anything that color to match it. The way the blue is distributed, and then backed up with the glow of blue LED fans just works for the Chaser A41. The chassis also offering the duck feet for better stability, water cooling options internally and externally, and of course that handy headphone hanger on the door, the chassis looks better and better as the build sits at the desk and also help keep it cleaned up with a way to tend to your cans.

Structurally the chassis is great. There is no flex to discuss, plenty of room in front of and behind the tray, all the drive options most gamers are going to require, the design is really well thought out. With all of the mesh down the front, the large open top, and the ventilated bottom and rear of the chassis, the three fans included with the chassis offer ample air flow, with minimal noise. While I did see a 38dB rating on the meter while the Chaser A41 was powered on, the temperatures of the components were lower than average for a mid-tower chassis. With most cases in this price range, you will get one or two fans, and very rare is it ever that a third is included - it is a 200mm monster to force the chimney effect in the chassis to blow all of the residual heat right on out the top of the chassis.

I also know that for $100 you can get quite a few cases that offer a somewhat better feature set, but to me it is a tradeoff for what you need. While a HDD dock might be cool on paper, I never use them. You could also complain that this chassis does not have fan controls, but to be honest, with all the fans running full speed, the noise is too minimal to really need adjusting anyway. What is important to me, outside of what you can or can't put into the chassis, and here Thermaltake does really well, I look for features I can really use. I like that the fans are LED lit and the top fan adds a ton of glow to the chassis, it really makes things in the chassis much more visible through the window, without the need to buy extra lights. I am also one of those guys who have a headset around all the time and no proper way to store it, so the hanger on the side is worth it, over a fan controller or HDD dock.

As it sits, and based on things that I would need personally, the Chaser A41 hits all the major points and successfully passes all my main check points. For $100 or so the Thermaltake Chaser should be a very strong contender in the flooded segment of mid-tower cases.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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