The box is simply massive and it comes in at a whopping 27lbs, which is just slightly less than what we saw with the Level 10 GT. The box is wrapped in colorful graphics emphasizing the gaming nature of the case. The back of the box goes over various features that you will find on the chassis. Opening the box up the MK-1 came wrapped in the usual foam pieces and plastic bag which is perfectly sufficient to protect it during shipping.
The blue highlights around the case are the most noticeable feature when it first comes out of the box. I like the headset hook on the MK-1 far more than the one that was included with the Level 10 GT. It folds up and is out of the way until it is needed. Taking a look at the side we can see the stylized window and large vent opening.
On the back of the case we see three openings for water cooling, eight expansion slots and a bottom mount PSU opening. Going around to the far side, it continues the styling of the case. The front of the case sports the Thermaltake logo and four 5.25” external bays. The blue highlights also serve as retention clips for the bay covers, making it one of the easiest bay covers to remove that I have run across.
The controls are found on the top of the case. Prominently featured front and center is the power button. On the left side we find the audio ports, reset button, high/low fan settings, and the Fan LED button. The Fan LED button works exactly like the Level 10 GT and will cycle the colorshift fans between blue, green, red, disco mode, and off. On the right side there are two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Last but certainly not least is the SATA hotswap dock right in the center supporting both 2.5” and 3.5” drives.
Taking the top off you can see the large opening for an additional fan. There is plenty of room to add a radiator for water-cooling should you want to go that route. Also, taking a look at the bottom, the fan filter is removable from the back. This means you won’t have to open up the case in order to clean the air filters. The feet can also be folded out if you want additional stability, though the case is hefty enough that you probably won’t need to.
Next we will crack the case open and take a look inside.