Thermaltake Chaser A71 Computer Case Review
By Greg Schepers
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.
Typically, when you purchase a computer case from Thermaltake, you can expect to get a well-built chassis packed full of features at a reasonable price. And why not? After all, the mission of the organization is to “deliver the perfect user experience.” Well, Benchmark Reviews has been given the opportunity to look at every nook and cranny of the new Thermaltake Chaser A71 in order to see if it lives up to the reputation that Thermaltake has established and if it is consistent with the company’s mission statement. Spoiler alert: the Thermaltake Chaser A71 is a 2013 Red Dot award recipient in product design.
As I am sure you are all well aware, the Thermaltake Chaser A71 is not the first chassis in the Chaser Series. Its direct predecessor, the A41, was a mid-tower addition to the Chaser Series that boasted some of the same features that are prevalent in the A71, such as great cooling, tool-less drive bays, and great cable management. And, it is not the first full-tower design in the Chaser Series. That distinction goes to the Chaser MK-1, which shares the same dimensions and has very similar features to the A71, including a top-mounted HDD hot-swap bay. Now, let’s move forward and take a closer look at the Thermaltake Chaser A71.
Regarding the features of the Chaser A71, Thermaltake placed emphasis on a number of different items. This chassis was adorned with the Thermaltake E-Sport Design, giving it a stylish look without going overboard. The aforementioned hot-swap drive bay is certainly a convenient feature. Ventilation was a major consideration of this Chaser model, as was the tool-less design and cable management. Basically, the Thermaltake Chaser A71 has a ton of features and is sure to turn some heads, and we will test these features as well as all of the features that this chassis has to offer. Having said that, why don’t we move forward and take a closer look at this computer case.
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Features
I already mentioned several of the features. However, the full complement of features maintained by the Thermaltake Chaser A71 is as follows:
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower chassis – This new full tower chassis of Chaser hardcore gaming series, designed for gamers to gear with the latest gaming component, offering not only style and personality but an exceptional combination of cooling, performance, versatility and adaptability to any configuration for gaming purists to ensure true enjoyment while in or out of the game.
E-Sport Design – The black metal meshed highlighted with blue fluorescence stripes on the front panel combined with a windowed side panel, it hard not to get attention on!
Easy Hot-Swap – Top-mounted 2.5” or 3.5” HDD Docking Station enables blazing fast file transfer and effortless hot-swap drive replacement.
Supreme Ventilation – Preinstalled one 120mm rear fan; three large 200mm fans located at front, top-mounted and side including blue LED to optimize system cooling solution for extreme airflow. In order to keep the interior dust free, all intake ventilation holes come with dust protection including a removable dust filter at the bottom of the chassis.
Innovative tool-less design – Innovative 5.25” & 3.5” tool-free drive bay design minimized the troubles of installing ODD, HDD and SSD devices for more expandability.
Convenient Support – Two retained holes with rubber grommet to support LCS, five retained holes for advanced cable management ,one large CPU cut-out to ease on CPU cooler installation
High-end Complete System on the go – Enables user to simply build up a complete high-end water cooling solution with 240mm radiator liquid cooling system and extra long graphic card supported to protect user’s hardware and increase CPU’s overclocking potential, most importantly delivers outstanding cooling efficiency in the entire case.
Stress-free Cable Management – Wide cable routing gap for easy cable management and hiding cables behind motherboard tray, to ensure smoothness for build and tinker (upgrade), reduce wiring tangled, as well as better airflow and dust management.
Thermaltake Chaser A71 Specifications
|Case Type||Full Tower|
|Dimension (H x W x D)||537 x 221 x 565mm (21.1 x 8.7 x 22.2 inch)|
|Net Weight||10 kg/22.1 lb|
|Side Panel||Transparent Window|
|Color||Exterior & Interior : Black|
|Cooling System||Front (intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (600rpm, 13dBA)
Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm,16dBA)
Top (exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600rpm, 13dBA)
200 x 200 x 20 mm Blue LED fan (600rpm, 13dBA)
Bottom (intake) : (Optional)
120 x 120 x 25 mm or 140 x 140 x 25 mm
|Drive Bays||– Accessible : 3 x 5.25’’, 1 x 3.5’’
– Hidden : 5 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’
– HDD Docking : 1 x 3.5” or 2.5”
|Motherboards||9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13” (Extend ATX)|
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1|
|PSU||Standard PS2 PSU (Optional)|
|LCS Upgradable||Supports 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube|
|Radiator||Top: 1 x 120mm or 2 x 120mmRear: 1 x 120mm|
|Other||CPU cooler height limitation: 160mm
VGA length limitation: 344 mm