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Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 4, 2014 3:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Commander G41




With our first look into the G41, we find that the wiring has been tended to, and not left to damage the window by moving freely. We find the hardware bag tied to the motherboard tray near the floor, and we see splashes of light blue at the front.




Wiring does block access to the first bays, and that is why only the lower three have the black and blue tool-free clips to lock in devices. The other side requires screws, and screws can still be used on this side as well if you plan to travel around with this chassis.




Moving further down, we find the six drive trays, and the pair of cages that splits them into two racks of three. To remove the top section, just squeeze the wide plastic tabs, and the top three trays and the cage will come out.




With the top section of the HDD rack out of the chassis, there is a lot more airflow. However, we find the supplied fan is in front of the permanent section, and for good flow, you really need that second fan.




To put some perspective on the potential for AIOs in the roof, we find the top has a 1" bump out, and it is nearly two full inches to the first motherboard standoff; this will allow thinner radiators and fans on one side without issue.




The motherboard tray has eight of the nine standoffs already installed, offers a large cutout for cooler access, and also offers four holes around the motherboard and eight tie points to help keep it all tidy.




The floor of the chassis offers four rubber pads to support the power supply at the back, and there is a large wiring hole in front of it to easily pass wiring through. We also see holes in the front for an optional fan, but without a PSU limitation set, it is probably not intended for use.




In the back of the chassis we find this amber colored 120mm fan, and while it uses a three-pin connector on a sleeved cable; there is not a single LED on this fan. Below the knockouts, we see that this chassis uses screws to secure cards, rather than thumbscrews.




At minimum, behind the motherboard tray, there is another 10mm of room. The chassis wiring has been run pretty simply for you, and leaves a ton of area to allow the PSU, and any additional wiring you want to add back here.




With the cabling running all the way to the floor of the chassis, all we have to do is go through the large opening at the bottom, and make the connections. The front I/O wiring and USB 3.0 cable are plenty long, but if your HD audio port is not at the bottom of the motherboard, then things get ugly fast.

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