Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-19-2011
Provided by: Thermaltake

Hardware Installed:

Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 GHz
MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Heatsink
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Sentey GSP850-SM 850w PSU
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60gb
1.0T (x2) SATA 3.5" drive
2.0T (x1) SATA 3.5” drive
Asus Wireless nic

Installing the optical drive was easy. The blue highlights on the front also serve to remove the mesh cover so there is no need to fidget in order to get the cover off. In the next picture you can see the incredible amount of room available in this case. The expansion slots support an extended ATX mainboard, so actually extended past where I had available slots. The extra room on the top made it easy to install the board even with the CPU cooler already on.

The openings to route cabling through are plentiful and well placed. The extra space will allow you to be creative with any water-cooling setup you might come up with.

If you recall, the PSU is a bottom mount style. I am a fan of this style as I think it makes it easier to install, and gives the finished build a better balance. The drive caddies are elegant in their simplicity. The front cover acts as a latch. The black pins push right in and retain a 3.5” drive in for a tool-less design. A 2.5” drive requires screws, but at least the holes are positioned towards the back of the tray so the ports are easily accessible. It drives me nuts when manufactures place these in the center of a tray.

The extra space behind the tray comes is handy when routing the SATA and power cables behind the mainboard tray.

I probably could have done a little more work cleaning up the cables, but with so much of it stashed behind the tray, it really isn’t that bad as is. With the side of the case placed back on, you can see the finished result.

The headset holder and SATA dock work well in the last picture. On the last page we will wrap up this review with some thoughts and conclusions.

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