Thermaltake has updated its Chaser series with a new Tron-inspired mid-tower aimed at gamers and enthusiasts. Said to exude an "e-sports appearance," the Chaser A31's aesthetics have been greatly tamed over the Chaser MK-1's hyper-aggressive looks by using smoother surfaces and straighter lines. It seems like an increasingly popular decision for case makers to opt for a balance between overly rigid and overly clean -- presumably to broaden market appeal -- and we're digging the results.
The standard Chaser A31 seems to be the one with a black paint job and neon blue highlights and while Thermaltake doesn't show any other colors on its product page, we've seen pictures elsewhere of a white model with blue accents, a blue model with white accents and a pink model with yellow accent. According to a review by Vortez.net, the black version will go for around £65-75 (about $110 directly converted), but it's unclear how much the other colors will cost or when/where they'll be available.
Regardless of which one you pick, you can expect to receive all the trappings of a mid-ranged enthusiast chassis, including support for up to three 5.25-inch devices and six 3.5- or 2.5-inch drives, up to seven expansion cards, mATX and ATX motherboards, a standard power supply, a processor heatsink standing up to 160mm tall, as well as a graphics card measuring up to 290mm long with both drive cages installed and 410mm with one of them removed -- deep enough to handle any consumer card.
Stock cooling includes two 120mm fans (one front intake, one rear exhaust), though plenty more can be added and liquid cooling should be easy to pull off with pre-drilled holes ready for your tubes. The front I/O panel is populated with two USB 3.0 ports as well as stereo/mic jacks and power/reset buttons, while other standard features include cutouts for wire management and easy access behind your CPU. All told, the Chaser A31 spans 19.7 x 8.4 x 19.5in (501 x 212 x 495mm) and weighs 14.4lbs (6.5kg)
The Cooler Master HAF XB I/O panel has a large rectangular power button followed by the smaller rectangular reset button, two audio jacks and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Inside is a large amount of room under the motherboard tray considering the HAF XB only accommodates two 5.25" drives, two 3.5" drives and four 2.5" drives.
The ThermalTake Chaser MK-I has a massive array of features making it an attractive prospect. Its façade has vast disarray of lines that blend plastic and mesh together. Despite its incredibly busy design and unusually colored accents, everything seems to work on some level.
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