Thermaltake intros Overseer RX-I eSports gaming chassis

By on September 19, 2011, 7:00 PM

Thermaltake's eSports series grew one chassis stronger today with the enthusiast-grade Overseer RX-I. Priced at €102 (~$140), the full tower crams the functionality of Thermaltake's $160 Chaser MK-I into a more affordable package. It appears the company shed some materials as the Overseer RX-I is smaller than its sibling, measuring 21.1 x 8.7 x 22.8 inches and weighing 22.7lbs (an inch shorter, half an inch narrower and three pounds lighter).

Although it might be less of a tank, the new arrival is equally roomy, supporting E-ATX motherboards (12 x 13 inches), up to eight expansion cards with space for 13-inch-long graphics cards as well as CPU coolers standing nearly 7 inches tall. You'll also find room for four 5.25-inch devices along with five 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives. The Chaser's tool-free mounts left a good impression on us earlier this year and the Overseer seems to borrow this design.

As with most aggressive designs, the Overseer has set itself up for a love/hate relationship among enthusiasts. The accompany its sharp lines, the enclosure features an all-black paint job (including the interior), a left panel window and a so-called "breath lighting effect." Although the spec sheet fails to mention eSATA connectivity, it's clearly visible in product photos alongside two USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an audio jack, as well as a dock for 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives.

Cooling is handled by two 200mm fans (one in the front and one on top) and one 120mm rear exhaust. If you need additional thermal dissipation, you can add a second 200mm top exhaust, 200mm side intake and 120mm bottom intake, not to mention the pre-drilled holes for liquid cooling setups. It's worth noting that the Chaser MK-I shipped with a similar cooling configuration and it didn't fare particularly well in our recent gaming chassis roundup.

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SammyJames said:

I am definitely interested in a gaming case. But not for gaming! No -- I love how some of these are built with quiet in mind.

I'm seriously torn between this one, the Rosewill cases that I've seen on NewEgg, and a Fractal "Quiet" case that has damping material right in the chassis. The only thing that bugs me about THAT is the weight. On the other hand, any good case is gonna weigh a fair amount.

Thanks for sharing this. I'm looking long and hard at lots of different case options, but the gaming case is the best-in-class for a variety of reasons. Mostly, they are generally designed for modularity, have nice fans, offer the correct cooling position for the PSU (bottom-mounted) and are often tool-less in design.

- S

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I agree, sammy... Gaming cases do seem to get you great features, but do so at a price point that isn't as painful as some of the top-end enthusiast or designer cases. If I'm building a PC that doesn't have specific constraints (like size or serious budget limitations), I almost always go with a gaming case. The decent ones are built with heat flow in mind, noise reduction is often a priority, but (most importantly to me) they are built to be easy to service and upgrade. That modularity is a huge feature for me.

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