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Thermaltake Commander MS-I Mid Tower

Thermaltake Commander MS-IThe new Commander MS-I is a new case aimed at the budget-minded DIYer. The case is priced at the lower price spectrum, retailing for about $40-$60. The pricing depends on where it is purchased from as well as if it comes with fans or out. But what do you get for this incredible low price? We will tell you, read on.

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Thermaltake Commander MS-I

Thermaltake Commander MS-IThe new Commander MS-I is a new case aimed at the budget-minded DIYer. The case is priced at the lower price spectrum, retailing for about $40-$60. The pricing depends on where it is purchased from as well as if it comes with fans or out. But what do you get for this incredible low price? We will tell you, read on.

Introduction to the Thermaltake Commander MS-I Mid Tower

Thermaltake has to be the busiest case manufacturer on the planet. It seems like every week we are receiving a new case from them. Last week it was the Overseer RX-I and we have the Chaser MK-1 coming up. And we just received the Commander MS-I.

The new Commander MS-I is a new case aimed at the budget-minded DIYer. The case is priced at the lower price spectrum, retailing for about $40-$60. The pricing depends on where it is purchased from as well as if it comes with fans or out. But what do you get for this incredible low price? We will tell you, read on.

Thermaltake’s take on the Commander MS-I

Thermaltake, a leading brand in DIY computer chassis, is introducing their entry level mid-tower chassis. This new product comes with added features such as extra-long VGA support and cable-management. Users can wire their computer cables underneath the mainboard for enhanced ventilation; this chassis also holds premium VGA card, such as nVidia GTX590 and AMD Radeon HD6990, with ease. Two USB 2.0 connectors as well as HD audio microphone and earphone jacks are on the front bezel, integrating all major multimedia connectors within your hand’s reach. As an alternative and upgraded option, Thermaltake offers a USB 3.0 Super-speed version for transfer-speed seekers. This tool-free, all black Thermaltake Commander MS-I chassis offers a total of 9 drive bays for maximum storage expansion and 7 PCI expansion slots.

Inheriting the characteristics of the long line of Thermaltake chassis, special attention was paid to optimizing ventilation and airflow. Therefore, one 12 cm exhaust blue LED fan is installed in the back to warrant immediate heat dissipation. Additional airflow is driven by two ventilation holes on the right side panel and the top of the case.

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The foot-stand of the Commander MS-I elevates the computer, to allow for improved ventilation at the base, where the ATX PSII power supply is located. To prevent dust from finding its way into your power supply, a removable and cleanable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep your treasured platform spick-and-span.

Specifications

Case Type

Mid Tower

Material

SECC

Front Bezel Material

Plastic

Color

Black

Side Panel

Window

Motherboard Support

Micro ATX
Standard ATX

Motherboard Tray

N/A

5.25″ Drive Bay

3

Ext. 3.5″ Drive Bay

1

Int. 3.5″ Drive Bay

5

Expansion Slots

7

Front I/O Ports

USB3.0 X 1
USB2.0 X 1
Audio port

Cooling System

Top (Exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25 mm fan

Rear (Exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED Fan

Front (Intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm fan

Bottom (Intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm fan

Liquid Cooling Capable

Yes

Liquid Cooling Embedded

N/A

Power Supply Supported

Standard PS2

Power Supply Included

N/A

Dimension (H*W*D)

484 x 202 x 426 mm / 19.1 x 8.0 x 16.8 inch

Net Weight

4.5 kg / 9.9 lb

Security Lock

 

Application

 

Warranty

 

Features

 

eSPORTS-inspired design with performance attributes to deliver unique styling.

 

Bottom-placed PSU design for easy installation and greatly improved thermal efficiency.

 

Supports high-end graphic cards up to 12.5”/32cm

 

Included rear 120mm silent fan with blue LED (allows for up to one 120mm front fan, one 120mm top fan and one 120mm bottom fan placement).

 

Fully black-powdered interior that blends in perfectly with all today’s high-performance components.

Closer look at the interior

The Commander we received is all black. But TT does offer it in an all white model as well adding to their Snow edition line. The case does have a low grade aggressive look but it is not completely over-the-top. The use of mesh and unsymmetrical lines does separate it from many of the other cases in the same price range.

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The Commander stands just 19” tall and sits 17” deep. The thin sheets of metal and plastic weigh a total of 1o pounds. Definitely not tall or heavy by any means the case does offer many of the features one would want in a case.

To begin with the front of the Commander offers just three 5.25” optical drive bays that are made of mesh. Just below the larger bays are one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 along with audio jacks. sitting off alone to the right is the power button and just below the reset switch. It has been awhile since we see an external 3.5” bay but this case does offer one.

The rear of the Commander is of a standard configuration. But it does offer a single 120mm exhaust fan and dual inlets for water-cooling. The PCI slots are protected by covers that once removed cannot be re-used, but two that are re-used are included.

The top of the case has two areas for additional two 120mm fans but not a dual 120 rad.

The case is held off the ground via four non-slip rubber feet. There are also vent areas for the power supply and another 120mm cooling fan.

Closer look at the exterior

The interior is just as black as the outside. That is another good thing about TT even in their lower in case the interior matches the exterior. The Commander is deep enough to support video cards up to 12.5 inches long. Video cards this long or close would include the Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia GTX 590, but the chances of using a higher end case is very likely.

The MB tray does offer a CPU cooler cut-out as well as a few cut-outs for routing cables.

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The two of the three optical bays utilize plastic locks to secure drives and other devices in place. If you wish to occupy the third bay you most screw it in. the HDD bays use the same type of mechanism to secure the drives in place, well three of the five internal bays. A SSD can be added using screws and the bumps on the bottom of the case.

To keep pricing to a minimum the only vented area that has a dust filter is the one provide for the PSU.

Internal shot of the top fan openings.

The rear fan does illuminate is the rear mounted 120mm offering.

Conclusion

The Thermaltake Commander MS-I is the ideal case for someone looking to build a nice system for someone not asking for too much. It offers all the is necessary in a case like good air ventilation when you take in account all the available fan options, USB ports (in this case USB 3.0) in an easy to reach location and plenty of room for storage devices like hard drives and solid state drives.

Thermaltake could have left the case alone at this point but they choose not to. There is the all black interior, dust filter for the power supply and an external 3.5” bay which seems to be not too common in today’s’ case.

The Commander is offered in several different versions: a USB 2.0 model, a USB 3.0 model and an all-white model. The first two models are costing about the same price online making the pick between the two not very hard. The snow white version was nowhere to be found at the time of this writing.

The only issues we found with the Commander were the lack of space behind the motherboard for cable management. The only place for extra cabling is up near the HDD cage.

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