Inside we notice many articles; the large black box which holds the liquid cooling accessories, the brown one underneath which houses the case parts and finally a bottle of UV Green fluid for the water cooling. Why Thermaltake have chosen green is anyone’s guess? This is a black and baby blue themed chassis and a green based liquid cooling solution would stick out like a sore thumb.
Next we have the motherboard tray. Now this unfortunately is not a removable model, however given the amount of room inside the chassis and the options for wire management then really it is a feature not needed. Speaking of the wire management, this case offers a high quality standard and is second only to some ‘Coolermaster’ cases we have reviewed on here. Every option is catered to with the first hole coming right after the power supply bay area in order to cut down the visible exposure of the wires.
Finally we have the hole for the CPU mounting area. Of course most people know the use of this, that is the end user can mount and un-mount a water cooling block that requires a backing plate or a heatsink of the same mounting mechanism all without having to remove the motherboard from the chassis.
Up until now everything has more or less been ‘sweetness and light with Chaser LCS chassis. But now we come to some concerning issues. The radiator (shown below) is of the aluminium type (more on this later) and when combined with the fans makes it difficult to gain access to the eight pin CPU EPS connector on the motherboard.
However the issue does not end there because Thermaltake have seen fit to provide a fancy removable top in order to install fans which in turn has narrowed the available space between the motherboard edge and the radiator/fan combination. Indeed the latter leads slightly over the motherboard edge leading to the mention of the first issue. If Thermaltake would have done a solid top and placed everything internally then this would have saved the very much needed four centimetres of space. If this would have been added internally a larger gap between the trailing edge of the motherboard and the top panel would be the result. This would then have made the case more desirable for professional water cooling enthusiast and they would have been able to install a full depth radiator, which are at LEAST 50mm PLUS 25mm for the fans.
This is indeed a rather large oversight by Thermaltake.
The bad news on this section keeps on coming really, as shown below. Even with Thermaltakes own radiator, the top panel’s 200mm mounting struts cover part of the radiator thus potentially spoiling the radiator performance. This combined with the abnormal fan spacing causes issues, more on the fan spacing later.
The two penultimate photos show the radiator issue. If only Thermaltake had transferred this space underneath the removable top panel to the space between the motherboard and the inside-top panel, then this would not have been an issue and every option present would have room to spare and more.
The photos below shows the 120mm exhaust fan, which even on full RPM is almost silent. Finally the well constructed bay area, holding the power supply and its large removable dust filter.
Now we look at those wonderful looking drive caddies that have a lovely baby-blue colouring to them. Reminding us of the old ‘gigabyte’ range of motherboards, we have a series of removable caddies to support hard and solid state drive.
To operate the above simply ‘flip the locking lever to the right hand side and out pops the caddy. Then just remove the two locking tabs, place the drive into the caddy and attach the clamps again. Finally insert the whole thing back into the bay area, it’s that simple and it works wonderfully.
Next we have the’ tool free’ 5.25 inch bays. All that needs to be done is to slide in the device, push in the tab and slide the leaver to the ‘lock’ position. Again so simple its genius!
As mentioned before in this review the top and front panels can be pulled off and pushed on with ease. However in the case of the top panel this makes the case hard to carry and one must be aware of the panels coming off when lifting the chassis.
This now completes our interal look of the Thermaltake Chaser Mark One LCS chassis.
Next we look (cue James Bond Villian laugh here) we look into the heart of the Chaser Mark One chassis and that will be its Liquid Cooling System.