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Talking about the external details, we should note the headset holder you can see in many modern Thermaltake products.

This holder may be suitable in a computer case that stands on a desk, but the Chaser A41 is obviously designed to be somewhere below the user. We don’t think it’s handy to have your headset in your knee zone.

 

With the side panel removed, we can see more colored details: the quick fasteners of external 5.25-inch bays. Like the feet, they are the same as in the Thermaltake Armor Revo and ensure rather good fastening. If you want more reliability, you can always use good old screws.

In the bottom part of the case there is a disk rack with four individual bays. In between it and the external 5.25-inch bays there are two 3.5-inch bays: the top one is external and the bottom one is internal (and compatible with 2.5-inch drives).

There are three openings with rubber gags in the top part of the back panel. They are meant for the pipes of a liquid cooling system. The openings in the mainboard’s mounting bracket are rubberized, too.

The disk bays support 3.5-inch (using the side mounting points with vibration-absorbing pads) and 2.5-inch (using the drive’s bottom mounting points) devices.

The sides of the bays are so high that they block any air flows, which may have a negative effect on ventilation. The manufacturer’s website shows different disk bays with lower sides, by the way.

 

Assembling our configuration in this computer case was simple and easy. Securing each drive with four screws took us the most time.

 

The Chaser A41 offers less space for expansion cards than the Carbide 200R if you use the top disk bays. On the other hand, 315 millimeters should be enough for any modern graphics card irrespective of the position of your drives.

The cable compartment is deep, so you can easily hide away your cables and have no problems closing the corresponding side panel.

The CPU cooler cutout is as large as that of the Corsair Carbide 200R. It’s going to be hard to find a mainboard whose CPU socket won’t fit into that window.

The default ventilation system consists of three preinstalled fans: one highlighted 120mm intake fan on the front panel, one highlighted 200mm exhaust fan on the top panel, and one 120mm exhaust fan on the back panel.

There’s also one seat for a 120/140mm fan on the bottom of the chassis. Instead of the top 200mm fan you can install two 120mm fans or a 120x240mm radiator of a liquid cooling system with two such fans.

A perforated sheet of plastic under the top panel protects the chassis against dust.

A 140mm fan might have been installed opposite the disk rack (there are appropriate mounting holes there) but Thermaltake put in a smaller fan there to reduce the cost. As you can see in the photo, there’s a lot of blank metal behind the fan, which may have a negative effect on cooling.

In the mainboard’s Silent mode, the fans had the following speeds: 615 RPM (the front 120mm fan), 990 RPM (the rear 120mm fan) and 540 RPM (the top 200mm fan).

The assembled computer looks good enough thanks to the clever highlighting and the unconventional outline of the front panel.

Highs:

  • Good out-of-box ventilation
  • Good protection against dust
  • Cute exterior design
  • Easy to assemble a computer in

Lows:

  • Some flaws in the design of the dust filters and disk racks
 
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