Thermaltake Chaser A71 External Features
It is difficult to get a true grasp of the quality and features that were incorporated into a chassis’s design until it is unboxed. The anticipation of receiving a new computer case generally leads to two different conclusions after it is pulled out of the box; you are either going to be disappointed or impressed. I guess indifference could be a third result, but that usually means that the chassis met expectations. In the case of the Thermaltake Chaser A71, it was the latter for me. There was no doubt that this was a quality case and its stature was more formidable than I initially expected it to be. That’s a good thing; clearly, a full-tower is ordered for a reason.
When this case was originally announced, one of the common descriptions for its appearance was that it resembled something out of “Tron.” I can see that, but it is not overwhelmingly “Tron.” In person, I found this case to be a very attractive design. I really liked the fact that the combination of steel and ABS plastic is textured, appearing to be more of a flat black. The only glossy portion of the exterior surface is found on the inside edge of the chassis’s ridges that span the entire length of the front and top.
The drive bay covers consist of black mesh surrounded by a plastic frame. As you can see, airflow is not obstructed from the front of the chassis. Behind the bottom five covers, you will find a 200mm fan. Speaking of the covers, I’m sure you’ve noticed the fluorescent-blue coloring running around the perimeter of each. I wasn’t sure that I would find that feature attractive. However, when this case was loaded up and running, the blue LED lighting paired well with the fluorescent-blue coloring.
Let’s flip this thing around and take a look at the back. There’s really nothing new to see here. The I/O area is in the upper left-hand portion with the 120mm exhaust fan to I/0 area’s immediate right. Directly below the I/0 and the fan is the expansion slot area. Two holes with rubber grommets, which are designated for liquid-cooled rigs, are located to the right of the expansion area. Clearly this is set up for a PSU to be mounted at the bottom of the case. Finally, there is a small cable lock in the upper right-hand portion of the case’s backside.
On the bottom of the computer case you will find four pretty significantly-sized feet, which each have a rubber pad to prevent movement and surface marring. A large pull-out dust filter, covering both the PSU and the optional fan areas, can also be found down there.
The top of the chassis has a whole lot going on. From right to left, you can see the I/O panel, the top-mounted hot-swap drive bay, a speed bump-laden storage tray, and the mesh area for the 200mm exhaust fan.
The left-side of the case has a nice big window on it so you can show off the components of your cool rig. Here, you will also find yet another 200mm fan, this one being an intake. It has blue LED illumination when on, just like the top fan.
On the right-side, you won’t really find anything, with the exception of a pretty significant bulge. This same bulge can be found on the left-side, but it is way more beneficial on the right in terms of providing space for cables. That bulge provides another ~½” of width to that space.
Do you think we’re done admiring the Thermaltake Chaser A71 on the outside? Think again. Follow me to the next page where we’ll take a closer look at the external features.