- SECC ATX Full Tower
- USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1 Front Ports
- 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 5 x 3.5" or 2.5" Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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The Big Beast is Back on the Block 01/15/2014
This review is from: Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Black SECC ATX Full Tower Case
This is really well designed full tower chassis, which is what I would expect from Thermaltake. What I liked the most:
1 - Big roomy tower.
2 - Large quiet fans.
3 - Tool-free snap into place 5.25 in drive bays (use screws to secure 5.25 in drives to case).
4 - Really slick tool-free 3.5in HD bays.
5 - Front panel USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Audio.
6 - Hot swappable e-SATA at the top of the case for fast and easy data backup.
7 - Tray at the top of the case for temp. storage of smart phone, ear buds, mp3 device, digital camera, etc.
8 - Nice lint/dust cover for bottom air vent.
9 - Ready for 240mm radiator with 2x 120mm vans to be installed at the top of the case.
10 - Tool-free snap in/out front 5.25in face plates with lint/dust catch.
11 - Easy cable management.
12 - Watercool ready.
13 - Large quiet side door fan for additional air flow and cooling.
14 - Really sharp looking case.
15 - Top and side door fans are blue LED fans.
16 - Easy cable management as expected in a high quality tower chassis.
The tool-free 5.25in bays allow the optical drives to snap into place with an easy release lever. Once snapped into place, screw holes line up perfectly. The tool-free 3.5 inch bays show some really smart design. The plastic mounting brackets/trays slide out of the 3.5in bays. There is a plastic notch on the brackets that keep the 3.5inch drive steady with screw holes lined up perfectly. Once the 3.5in drive is securely mounted to the bracket, the bracket can be slid back into the bay, and it snaps into place. There is plenty of room between the 3.5in HD bays to allow for proper air flow coming from the front fan. The front 5.25in face plates snap in/out for easy removal and installation.
The quality design of this case is what I expect from Thermaltake. I'm an owner of many Thermaltake tower cases (Armor, V9 Black X, Xaser). When I went looking to build a new PC my first stop was Thermaltake's website.
Very minor knit-pick:
- On the cable management side fo the motherboard tray a few of the horizontal cut-out holes used for threading plastic ties through should have been vertical. A few of the vertical cut-out holes should have been horizontal.
- Most of the fans in the case have a 600 RPM maximum speed. However, they are whisper quiet. The rear exhaust fan is 1000 RPM max speed.
The case has a < 160mm CPU cooler height limit (which takes into account the CPU) and a < 344mm VGA card length limit. The CPU cooler limit will make many highly rated air CPU coolers incompatible. Will the following air CPU coolers fit into the Chaser A-71?:
- Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212 (159mm) = Yes
- Noctua NH-U12S (158mm) = Yes
- Noctua NH-U14s (165mm) = NO
- Noctua NH-D14 (160mm) = NO (possible RAM slot blocker)
- Zalman CNPS9900 D/F (154mm) = Yes
- Zalman CNPS9900 Max (152mm) = Yes
- Zalman CNPS10X Optima (152mm) = Yes
- Zalman CNPS14X Optima (159.3mm) = Yes
- Zalman CNPS12X (154mm) = Yes
I settled on a CoolerMaster Seidon 120 All-In-One water cool unit. I have the Seidon setup in a push/pull config.
Parts I used with the Thermaltake Chaser A-71:
- Asus Maximus VI Formula Z87 (socket 1150) ATX motherboard (fits perfectly)
- CoolerMaster Seidon 120m AIO Water CPU cooler
- Intel Core I5-4670K 3.4Ghz CPU (LGA 1150 CPU)
- EVGA GTX 660 video card (long video card but fits)
- Seagate 2TB SATA 6-G Harddrive (7200 RPM)
- Thermaltake TR2 TR-700 700watt PSU
- 2x SATA DVD Burners (super cheap price @ Newegg.com)
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