Thermaltake's Spacecraft VF-I landing this month for under $100

By on August 12, 2011, 5:46 PM

Thermaltake's recently launched Chaser MK-1 has received a companion today with the arrival of a new e-Sports-branded chassis, the Spacecraft VF-I. Aimed at gamers with a soft spot for harsh edges and flashy lights, the mid-tower enclosure is slated to launch sometime this month for about €53 (roughly equal to $75). That figure isn't indactive of a true US retail price, but you can certainly expect the enclosure to be much cheaper than the $160 MK-1.

Considering that price point, it seems fair to assume the Spacecraft VF-I is intended to compete with entry-level chassis such as Cooler Master's HAF 912 and Antec's Three Hundred. As such, you should expect comparable specifications, including a steel and plastic construction along with enough elbow room for high-end desktop components, a respectable cable management system, a relatively tool-free installation process, and a solid cooling system.

All of the above are true. The Spacecraft VF-I can house up to four 5.25-inch devices, six 3.5-inch drives, one 2.5-inch drive, a 12.5-inch graphics card (enough space for the GTX 590 or HD 6990), 24cm liquid cooling radiators, and a plethora of optional fans along the top, bottom, front, rear, and side. That cooling capacity sounds great on paper, but so did the Chaser MK-1's and we were generally unimpressed with its thermal performance in our roundup.

Other noteworthy features include dust filters for the fans, a CPU hole cutout in the motherboard tray for simplified rear access, pre-drilled holes for liquid cooling tubes, and support for CPU coolers measuring up to 168mm tall. Front panel connectivity will vary based on the specific SKU. One model has dual USB 2.0 ports and will be marginally cheaper, while a pricier unit has one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. Both have begun surfacing on EU e-tailers.

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Guest said:

More horrible, ugly, embarrassing cases.

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Care to elaborate?

DeliciousPie said:

Looks kinda neat to me. I'm going to be upgrading my case soon. Considering the Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer. Tooless ftw.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I don't even stare porn as long as I did that beautiful build.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Guest said:

More ****ing horrible, ugly, embarrassing cases.

To each their own.

I think it looks pretty good.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The bottom of the face plate looks like a "robot mouth". It's just a tad to "anime" for me.

I still like the CM Storm series styling for a case of this type.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

More ****ing horrible, ugly, embarrassing cases.

Looks pretty standard to me in terms of gaming chassis, definitely seen a lot worse.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What I loved more of it by just looking at that is how the side panel is made, with a low fan and the acrilic just to look at the goodies.

Guest said:

Hated the side panel, just gives the ppl one big transparent side panel window and we will take care of the heating issue ourselves.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

The bottom of the face plate looks like a "robot mouth". It's just a tad to "anime" for me.

Are the 'Transformers' That big a deal? I have seen the influence on dozens of cases.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Are the 'Transformers' That big a deal? I have seen the influence on dozens of cases.
Well, I just searched my house and can't find nary a one.... Although, I did find this Apex Matx; [link] that sort of looks like the front end of an old streamliner locomotive.... Just a touch flatter, like it hit something.

Andt don't even get me started on the drive retainer knobs on the Thermaltake, they're way too Fischer-Price.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I thought it was just me, but my comment was deleted twice today in this specific thread...?

Usually, when threads are effectively-key word here-moderated, a written reason for moderation is considered customary.

lipe123 said:

Guess they really want you to use AMD video cards in this one, red + green just wouldnt look so great.

lol @ first comment, this case is far from ugly. I bet he still has a beige chassis from 1994 with a 12xcd-rom and a 4xHP dvd-rw.

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