Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case

Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2012 - 3:30pm

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1Not as extreme as the Level 10 GT but equally fascinating is the new Chaser MK-1 gaming case. Aimed at the gamer and enthusiast, the Chaser is designed to house everything needed to build that ultimate gaming rig. It’s tall, full featured and quite different than any other case found on the shelf at your local retailer.

Introduction to the Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case

Thermaltake are so regularly adding new and exciting products to their line-up that is it pretty hard to keep up with them. And when it comes to their cases the line-up covers everything from the budget case to the super high-end. And what I like most about Thermaltake cases especially their high-end models are that there is always a somewhere. There is always something about them that will make them stand out in a crowd.

I mean take a look at the Level 10 GT. Regardless if you like it or not it had everyone talking from the time the press release been issues till now. It is one of the most modded cases today. And if you don’t believe me take a look at their Facebook page.

Not as extreme as the Level 10 GT but equally fascinating is the new Chaser MK-1 gaming case. Aimed at the gamer and enthusiast, the Chaser is designed to house everything needed to build that ultimate gaming rig. It’s tall, full featured and quite different than any other case found on the shelf at your local retailer.


Specifications  

Case Type

Full Tower

Material

SECC

Front Bezel Material

Combination of plastic and high air flow mesh

Color

Interior: Black
Exterior: Black

Side Panel

Swivel Door with Tranparent Window

Motherboard Support

9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX)
12” x 9.6” (ATX)

Motherboard Tray

No

5.25" Drive Bay

4

Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay

By using 5.25" to 3.5" Converter

Int. 3.5" Drive Bay

6

Expansion Slots

8

Front I/O Ports

USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 2
eSATA connector x 1
MIC & Speaker (support AC’97 & HD Audio)

Cooling System

Front (Intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (600~800rpm,13~15dBA) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) Rear (Exhaust) :
140 x 140 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm, 16dBA or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional)
Top (Exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA); 200 x 200 x 30 mm x 1 (optional) or 140 x 140 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional)
Bottom (Intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional)
Side (Intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm x 1 (optional)

Liquid Cooling Capable

Yes

Liquid Cooling Embedded

No

Power Supply Supported

Standard ATX PSII Power Supply

Power Supply Included

No

Dimension (H*W*D)

567.9 x 237.0 x 581.6 mm
22.4 x 9.3 x 22.9 inch

Net Weight

12.3 kg
27.1 lb

Security Lock

for peripherals only

Application

Suitable for gaming, enthusiast, DIY and modding

Features

 

Command Center – With Chaser MK-1’s fan controller onboard, gamer and enthusiasts can appreciate the convenience of adjusting the fan speed or lighting effect of the computer system.

 

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed – Tired of reaching to the back of the computer to connect a USB 3.0 device? Chaser MK-1 features latest USB 3.0 ports with internal header. Two USB 3.0 ports are conveniently located on the front of the case.

 

HDD Docking Station – By adapting world’s best selling BlacX Docking Station concept into a computer case, users can now effortlessly transfer large volume of data without the need for a conventional external storage device. Simply insert any 2.5” or 3.5” SATA hard drive into the docking station and start enjoying hot-swap capability and blazing-fast transfer speed through SATA interface.

 

VGA TripleMax 33CM – All of today’s high-end and advanced graphic cards that are capable of delivering ultra-realistic, immersive and intense gaming experience have longer than usual form factor which means not all computer case will fit. Chaser MK-1 not only address this concern by supporting graphic card up to 330mm in length, but also designed cooling surrounding the graphic card location to improve heat dissipation and reduce acoustic output.

 

CableClear Cable Management - Dramatically improves thermal efficiency of the computer system by ensuring power cables do not get in the way of airflow.

 

Enthusiasts Water Cooling Ready - Spacious interior is only the bare minimum when it comes to water cooling. Chaser MK-1 features an innovative top removable panel that can be easily transformed to accommodate high-efficiency 24cm radiator!

 

Combat Headset Holder – Headset holder designed into the case allows gamers to store their gaming headset easily and securely.

 

Heightened Foot Stands – High thermal efficiency case that addresses all common and uncommon issues. Heighten foot stands elevate the whole computer system enough to prevent rug or any other soft flooring material from blocking the air intake/exhaust found on the bottom of the case.


Closer look at the exterior
The Chaser MK-1 is made mostly of plastic and metal with the front of it been all plastic with the exception of the mesh drive bay covers. And from the overall design of the front facial you can definitely see the gamer influence. Sitting at the top are four 5.25” optical drive bays. The panels are outlines in a nice powder blue that gives the case some added good looks. By pressing the blue tabs on each side of the plate will allow the user to remove them. Just below the bays is another mesh area that protects a 200mm cooling fan. More on this later in the article.

The left side panel has a large window that is far from the usual symmetrical windows we see on many cases. This one has a shape that I ready can’t describe so I will leave it at that. Just below the windows is a vent area that would protect a 200mm if it was included. Something a little different with the Chaser MK-1 is there is a holder for a set of gaming headsets.

About the only thing of interest on the opposite side panel is the stamped design which is about as unique as the windows on the other side.

Looking at the back of the Chaser MK-1 you can see it is a bottom mount PSU model. There are a total of eight vented covered expansion slots. A set of loops near the side panel will allow the user to use a simple lock to secure the inside of the case.

As busy as the top may look it is well laid out. At the center front of the top is the power button surrounded by a lighted design. And immediately following that is a SATA HDD dock which also comes in handy.

On the right we have two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 along with a single eSATA. These take care of all you storage and peripheral connections. And on the left side is a fan controller that is used to control the top fan and the front mounted ones as well. There are also audio jacks and the reset button.

The once everything is assembled rest on four large plastic feet that rotates 90 degrees for more stability. And for added dust protection a long dust cover is included to cover the intake for the additional fan and PSU fan.


Closer look at the interior

Looking at the interior of the MK-1 with the side panel removed the first thing that catches the eye are the accents of blue on the HDD and optical drive bays. Nice match for those using some of the Gigabyte motherboards which are also the same color.

Here we have an image of the back of the motherboard where there is decent amount of space and hooks to secure any cabling you may route to the back of the tray.

When it comes to the motherboard tray like any good case this one also has a large cutout for changing out the CPU cooler as well as numerous outlets for routing of cables to the back of the tray.

Looking at the rear the only here we didn’t discussion earlier is the 140mm cooling fan used for exhaust. And expansion cards are secured using metal thumbscrews.

A 200mm cooling fan is mounted to the top of the case. What’s unique about the fan is it is one of Thermaltake’s Colorshift models which take alternate different colors. The fan can be removed to support a 2x120mm cooling rad.

The bottom is well vented for air intake.

Theinstallation of the optical drives and HDD are totally tool-less but installing a SSD means you will have to broke out the screwdriver.


Chaser in operaion

One of the Chaser's finer points in the assortment of fans and the colors that illuminate from them when in operation.


Conclusion

The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 is one of the toughest looking cases I have ever seen. Simply looking at it begs for you to give it all you got. And this is a style that the hardcore gamers are looking for. But the Chaser is all about rugged looks for also about features. Inside and outside, it seems like there is something functional every square inch.

Internally speaking there is room for a multi-GPU setup with cards totaling more than 13” in length, six 3.5” bays which is plenty for a high performance gaming rig and the three installed fans are plenty but there is more room to add more, a lot more. One small aspect we loved about this case and it is small is the small contrast of light blue which Thermaltake used to accent the drive bays. This along makes the Chaser a real looker.

For a water-cooling enthusiast would be happy to know it takes very little modding to get a 240mm rad in the top of the case. Something we have only seen from Thermaltake is the headset holder on the left side panel. And atop the case you have access to plenty of controls and storage input ports like the integrated fan controller and dual USB 3.0 ports. And we can’t forget the HDD dock.

The Chaser is a love it or hate type of case mostly due to its look. If you are a gamer, I can see you loving it. If you are one of those that love straight and subtle looks in a case than maybe you will slide to the opposite side.

The Chaser could use some anti-vibration material for the power supply.

 

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