Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Once again, we are back with Thermaltake as we finish out their latest run of chassis samples. Of course, we are still riding the buzz from the Core V41 we looked at the other day, but this time we are switching gears a bit, while still sticking with mid-tower chassis. The main design idea here was to use an aesthetic that harks back to the older Commander cases, while still being unique. That means aggressive lines, angles, and the use of multiple textures. However, since our last look at the Commander lineup, the inside of the chassis has been reworked to a layout more in line with today's standards, and expectations.
As we look at this mid-tower chassis, keep in mind that we are switching gears from the very posh and almost overly feature rich Core series cases, and moving into something much more budget friendly. That does not mean that you are left with a plain Jane exterior and interior though. Along with the aggressive styling, both sides are expanded to afford as much room width as possible, and for a mid-tower chassis, it seems very roomy in general. We also get all of the wire management and tie points, it is painted throughout, and it even still affords a bit of modularity and water cooling potential.
Today we are looking at one of the latest cases to take on the Commander name, the Commander G41 mid-tower chassis. While we have listed most of what comes along with this deal, as you will see, even being budget friendly does not mean they had to cut corners. Of course, things like grommets are omitted, but we still get tool-free features, all black or sleeved black wiring, and the list really does go on and on. Considering what we are about to see, and the cost it can be obtained at, you are going to want to keep reading, because the Thermaltake Commander G41 is well worth your time to consider.
This mid-tower chassis stands only 19.2" tall, 19" deep, 9.6" wide, and weighs in at 15.6 pounds while empty. While both the exterior and the interior get the same black paint treatment, most of the chassis is made of SPCC steel, and uses ABS plastics for the feet and front bezel. Both sides of the chassis are bumped out beyond the frame, not only for wiring, but also for GPU wiring clearance, and room for larger tower-style air coolers. The left side of the G41 offers a very large, clear window, which blocks about half of the front bays, and affords a view of everything else inside of the chassis. The front I/O panel holds the HD audio, dual USB 3.0 connectivity, and buttons and LEDs. On the complete opposite end of the chassis, the back offers an 8+1 expansion slot configuration.
Inside of the chassis there are three tool-free 5.25" bays, but there is a fourth at the top without clips that may be blocked by the I/O wiring, and does not pass through the front of the bezel. Below those are six plastic trays, sectioned off in groups of three in two sections of HDD rack; the top three will remove from the stack, but the bottom three are permanent. Each tray is ready to accept 3.5" drives, but they are drilled for 2.5" drives as well. There is also an adapter to convert one of the 5.25" bays to a 3.5" bay for one additional place for storage. This chassis is ready for Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, and can even fit a 185mm CPU cooler, 270mm of video card with the cage left in and 410mm without it, and there is no listed limit to the PSU.
There are some options as far as cooling goes, but as the chassis arrives, there is a 120mm fan in the front of the G41, and supposedly there is an LED variant in the back of the chassis as well. As for options, the front of the chassis can house a pair of 120mm fans, there are holes in the floor for a 120mm fan, and of course, the back has room for just one 120mm fan. The top of the chassis is interesting though; there is room for a pair of 120mm fans, a single 140mm fan, and if you want to go big, there is even room for a 200mm fan up top.
As always, we shopped around for the best deal of the day to pass the savings on to you. While we usually go by the Amazon.com pricing (which you will find below), Amazon has the Commander G41 listed at $73.28 with free shipping. Of course, that isn't such a bad price, but we did mention that this is a more budget friendly solution, and near $80 is not exactly what we would consider "budget friendly," no matter how you try to twist it. That is why we are so pleased to be able to say that if you do some smart shopping, and look around a bit, you will find this same exact Commander G41 with window for just $54.99 at Newegg.com, and that includes the shipping cost. Now, when it comes to budget friendly, $55 is very much in the ballpark, and as we alluded to before, we feel that at that sort of pricing, Thermaltake is offering huge bang for your buck in this chassis.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Commander G41 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Commander G41 retails for $73.27 at Amazon.