Thermaltake Chaser A71 Internal Features
What are our expectations from a full-size tower? Obviously, space is on the top of the priority list. With the left-side panel removed, you can see how cavernous the interior appears. You will find 13 1/2′ of space for your video card, so you won’t have to try to squeeze it in there. If you plan on installing a custom liquid-cooling system, there is plenty of space to accommodate it as well. Oh yeah; I would be remiss if I did not mention that Thermaltake provides plenty of accessories, which includes screws, ties, stand-offs, buzzer, 8-pin extension cable, 3 pin to 4 pin adapter, a 3.5′ adapter plate, and a non-interference fan module if you do decide to go with a liquid-cooling setup.
After pulling off the right-side panel, we can see behind the motherboard tray. This view reveals all of the cabling for the chassis and all of the grommets that make routing cables a breeze. I also appreciated all of the metal loops for tie-downs. The generous CPU cutout is also very noticeable, aiding CPU cooler installation.
Staying behind the motherboard, I have no doubt that you are curious to know just how much room you have back there for cables. I measured approximately a half-inch of space between the motherboard tray and the panel on the right side. However, the generous bulge on the panel door provides another half-inch of space.
Tool-less designs are not always well-designed. I have no doubt that most of you have had situations to where an ODD or HDD did not sit as securely as you had hoped, and there was no secondary option to keep it in place. I did not have this experience when installing drives in the Thermaltake Chaser A71. After removing a drive bay cover, my ODD slid right into its slot and locked securely in place.
Installing my SDD and HDD’s was as smooth a process as was installing the ODD. This is worth mentioning; the Chaser A71 is not a modular design, so the HDD and ODD racks are riveted into place.
There are five HDD trays/slots in the Thermaltake Chaser A71. Again, the tool-less designs make HDD/SDD installation a simple proposition after utilizing the holes to mount your drives to the trays. Squeeze the tabs together on the front of the tray, and it slides in or out with ease. These trays stay secure as well when inserted.
We’re not quite done looking at the interior of the Thermaltake Chaser A71. There are a few more items to look at in further detail. Let’s move on…