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Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower Chassis Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring on Jul 1, 2013 12:09 am CDT
Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Specifications, Availability and Pricing


What the chart doesn't explain is the exterior of the Chaser A71. Of course this full-tower chassis is using steel for the majority of the construction, but it does use ABS plastic for the top and front bezel of the chassis, and this is where most of the magic happens. The top of the chassis has a long mesh area at the back of it, a large parts tray near the front, and even a 3.5" and 2.5" HDD dock. As the top meets the front, there is an angled section that holds the front I/O panel before it drops straight down the front of the chassis. There is where you will find nine removable bay covers, which can be pulled from the outside, and are ringed with a thin line of that light blue plastic that we saw in the A41 as well. Both panels are bumped out to allow for more room internally, but the left panel offers a large L-shaped window that surrounds a large ventilated area to house a 200mm fan there. In the back of the chassis you will find a loop for wire tending, a 120mm exhaust fan next to the rear I/O, and eight expansion slots just above the PSU.

Internally you will find three 5.25" bays. There is room for five in the rack, but the top one is limited due to the front I/O wiring, and the bottom section offers room for a 3.5" device. Below these you can find five 3.5" / 2.5" drive trays that easily slide out, and allow 3.5" drives to just snap in, while 2.5" drives need screws. The motherboard tray will house Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX boards, has a large CPU access hole, offers five large holes with grommets for wiring, and over 20 tie points.

On the cooling side of things you will find a nice assortment of supplied fans and options. The front of the chassis has a 200mm fan installed. The top of the chassis is the same, there is another 200mm fan installed, but you have the option to install a pair of 120mm fans or even an AIO or regular 240mm radiator. The rear of the chassis has room for a 120mm fan only, but it is room enough for say a single radiator Water2.0 unit. The floor of the chassis, in front of the PSU, offers room for a 120mm or a 140mm fan as an option. That leaves us with the left side panel that also ships with a 200mm fan installed, giving this chassis some of the best cooling potential I have seen in quite some time.

The pricing isn't something that should scare anyone away either. As I look around, I see pricing varies a bit, where on the low-end you can find the Chaser A71 for $119 base price at, and more averagely priced at Newegg for $139.99. While I have never used CostCaptain before, I will say that with the lowered base price, and the fact that when I add it to the cart, it offers me a free shipping solution; maybe it is time I think about buying something small from them to see how they work. Considering both TigerDirect and Newegg want $20 more before shipping charges, it seems like a no brainer to buy from CostCaptain if you reside inside of the USA.

At $120 I think the Chaser A71 is a great deal, but even if you have to pay the $20 more before shipping, I don't see anyone being disappointed with their purchase.

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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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