Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower

Posted by on Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 11:34pm

Thermaltake Overseer RX-IToday, we will not be taking a look at their clothing line-up but one of their newest cases. The RX-I aka Overseer is a full sized chassis that is aimed purely at the gamer in us. From the future-like front facial to the interior opening for large video cards says I want to be a gamer rig. But what Thermaltake has done with the full-sized case is make it pretty inexpensive for the consumer. So, check out the review to see what you will get for about $120.

 

Introduction to the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower

If you don’t think e-sports is all the rage right now you are seriously out of touch with what is going on in the PC scene. Every popular manufacturer of cases, cooling and other gear are quickly making a point to add an e-sport category to their product line. One company that may have made a bigger splash than most would be Thermaltake. The leap has included gaming mice, keyboard, and audio and if you paid any attention to CES coverage this year, clothing. Yes, you heard it right clothing everything from shirts to caps to shoes.

Today, we will not be taking a look at their clothing line-up but one of their newest cases. The RX-I aka Overseer is a full sized chassis that is aimed purely at the gamer in us. From the future-like front facial to the interior opening for large video cards says I want to be a gamer rig. But what Thermaltake has done with the full-sized case is make it pretty inexpensive for the consumer. So, check out the review to see what you will get for about $120.


Specifications

P/N

VN700M1W2N

Case Type

Full Tower

Dimension (H x W x D)

535 x 220 x 580 mm (21.1x 8.7x 22.8 inch)

Net Weight

10.3 Kg / 22.7 lb

Side Panel

Window

Color

Exterior & Interior : Black

Material

SECC

Cooling System

Front (intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo Fan (1000rpm,16dBA)
Top (exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (Optional)
Side (intake) : Optional
200 x 200 x 30 mm fan
Bottom (intake) : Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan

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’’

Expansion Slots

8

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, eSATA x 1, HD Audio x 1

PSU

Standard PS2 PSU

LCS Upgradable

Supports 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube

Other

CPU cooler height limitation: 177mm
VGA length limitation: 344mm

Features

- Breath lighting effect.
- E-sports gaming style front bezel.
- USB 3.0 SuperSpeed .
- Top-mounted HDD Docking Station enables blazing fast file transfer and effortless hot-swap capability.
- Black coating makes stylish inside look.
- Bottom-placed PSU design for better and easier installation.
- Supports most advanced AMD & NVIDIA graphic cards up to 12.5”/32cm (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 6990 & nVidia Geforce GTX 590).


Closer look at the exterior

Pulling the case from the box you will see that it is far from subtle in looks. Everything visually about it is pretty extreme. Definitely putting it in the love it or hate it category. If you are a gamer chances are you love it.  The entire external is cover in black paint with a small hint of blue accents. Thermaltake classify the Overseer as a full-sized enclosure. They would have to in over to support eATX motherboards and any of the current video cards in multi-GPU setups.

The beginning of the front portion of the case begins with the four 5.25 optical bays which are made of plastic and mesh. The bottom half is a mostly metal mesh which is used to hide the 200mm blue LED cooling fan.

The left side panel is part windowed and part vent spacing. The space in which the window is designed you get a visual of the higher half of the motherboard and the end of the video cards. The vent opening will accommodate a 200mm cooling fan which is not included with the case.

The right side panel has no window as one is not needed unless you want a visual of the back of the motherboard tray. But it does protrude out to add room for cables that will be secured to the back of the tray.

The top of the case is comprised mostly of mesh which covers the 200mm exhaust fan. But just forward of this is the I/O portion of the case which consists of a SATA HDD dock, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 port along with two audio jacks. The two gray buttons are the reset and power switches. The logo in the middle glows blue when powered.

The rear of the Overseer is of a standard configuration with a bottom mount PSU opening. There are dual inlets for tubing to run to an external rad. At the top of the case is a small loop that is secured using a small black screw. This is to allow the user to secure his/her input devices like mouse and keyboard.

The case is sits high off the ground by four plastic and rubber feet. The two vent areas (power supply and optional 120mm fan) are cover by a single removable dust filter.

Here we have the top panel removed from the rest of the chassis. With it removed not only does it revival the included clear bladed 200mm cooling but another big opening for another fan of the same size.

And with the front panel removed we get a good visual of the front mounted 200mm cooling fan. Both of the included 200mm fans have a rotational speed between 600-800 RPM and run at a quiet 15 dBA.


Closer look at the interior

The interior of the Overseer is completely black with the exception of the three buttons that secure optical drives in place.

In the motherboard tray, TT cut a decent sized opening in it for changing out the CPU cooler. There are five rubber grommet covered opening for routing cable along with three more that are not covered with the grommet. Cable management should be a non-issue with this case.

Here we have the back of the MB tray which doesn’t have a lot of room for securing cables, so that is the reason for the protruded side panel. Without the condition of the side panel there would only be about 1/3 of an inch of gap.

These sturdy plastic pieces are used to secure any 5.25” devices in place. Just under the optical bays are five plastic docks for easy mounting of 2.5”/3.5” drives.

The first vent area in the bottom of the Overseer is for the PSU and the second one is for a 120mm/140mm cooling fan that the user would have to purchase them self.

The eight expansion slots in the rear are covered by vented covers. The 120mm cooling fan in the rear spins at 1000 RPM and has a noise level of 16 dBA.


Build images

A standard sized or even longer PSU has no problem fitting in the new Thermaltake case.

Here we have our test MB installed.

We added in an ASUS Radeon HD 6950 video with its over-sized heat sink to give you some idea of how much room you are dealing with in this case. There was approximately three inches of gap between it and the HDD cage.

The HDD is mounted in the plastic cage. This procedure is not tool-less as four screws need to secure the HDD in place.

Next, we have our optical drive in place.

Power on.


Conclusion

The Thermaltake Overseer RX-I is a budget-minded gamers’ dream. The looks are extreme but also full of detail that begs to be looked at. It definitely reminds us a lot of the Chaser which will be reviewed here shortly.

The cooling possibilities are endless as TT place fans or fan options just where they are needed. Included are three fans: two 200mm up top and in the front and a single 120mm in the rear. The user can opt to purchase three more fans in the same size configurations as just stated for the bottom, side panel and top of the case. And all to the included fans are pretty quiet topping off at 16 dBA.

The RX-I is not meant to be a file server but has more than enough HDD room for the avid gamer. There are five docks that make the installation pretty simple. And the installation of optical drives is tool-less.

The HDD dock and the dual USB ports add to the value of this case.

The RX-I does have a couple of points that may be of some concern to the purchaser. The first would be the lack of room behind the MB tray. With the side panel intact, you may get about an inch of spacing. And the looks of the case may not be appealing to everyone. If want to W/C this case you have to resort to using Thermaltake's own units or kits which use a 120mm rad. Mounting large rads would require some modding.

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