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Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case Review: Page 4 of 4

Thermaltake has really given this case an aggressive look that you’re either going to love or hate. Personally, I kind of like it. There are quite a few manufacturers using aggressive styles for their cases and this is one of the better ones in my opinion. By B. Ramirez

Chaser MK-1 Conclusion

Now that we’ve gone over some of the features of this case and how to install everything, let me give you my final thoughts and conclusion. This case does price at the lower end of the spectrum for full tower cases. It also comes with many really great and useful features.

My first problem with this case is that it does feel a little on the cheap side. The side panels and the plastic on the front panel do feel a bit flimsy. I guess that’s what you get from a case that costs less than 170 dollars and has all of these features. There is going to be a bit of a give and take in this regard. Given all of the features that Themaltake have incorporated into this case I just would have liked them to make it feel a little sturdier. This is just my opinion and you may think that it feels sturdy enough for whatever you plan to use it for. It’s just been my experience with water cooling that the sturdier the case the less of a chance there is for problems. I can see there being problems with using one of the larger 240mm radiators with this case. Those radiators can get a bit heavy once they’re full of water. I’m just not sure that the thinner steel would be able to handle the weight. We didn’t have one of these radiators lying around to try this though. This is just my impression.

Thermaltake has really given this case an aggressive look that you’re either going to love or hate. Personally, I kind of like it. There are quite a few manufacturers using aggressive styles for their cases and this is one of the better ones in my opinion. This case also uses one a good tool-less installation technology for simplifying hardware installation. There are plenty of drive and expansion options that are available with this case. There is also plenty of room for even the longest graphics cards. It would have been nice though if they could have included support for XL-ATX motherboards. These are being used more and more now and Thermaltake should have made this an option. There aren’t too many cases that support this form factor and Thermaltake should have taken that into account. It would have really made this case one of the better options for that form factor.

Let me wrap this up by saying that for all of this case’s short falls it does have so many useful features. It also comes in at a really great price. For all of the features that this case has you really should be paying more for it. I understand that Thermaltake cut costs by keeping the materials cheaper. I kind of wish they hadn’t have done that. It does make the case lighter, but it also makes it feel less sturdy. You really don’t want a flimsy case housing your high-end hardware. This will become even more apparent if you are planning to water cool your system in this case. With the color shift fans, you will be able to really make this case stand out. These are pretty good fans that don’t generate a lot of noise. Right now it doesn’t look like Thermaltake makes replacements for these fans and the mounts for them don’t look like they’re standard either. This is something that Thermaltake needs to address. They should either manufacture replacements for them, or have them made compatible with fans from other manufacturers. Just keep this is mind if you plan to change out the fans in the future. Aside from these minor issues this is really good case for the price.

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