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Thermaltake Chaser A31 Case Review

To put this case through its cooling paces we will be using a test system consisting of an AMD FX-8350, Radeon HD 7850 and multiple storage drives. This system allows us to produce a substantial amount of heat and effectively test the Thermaltake Chaser A31‘s cooling capabilities.

For stress testing we use a mixture of Prime95 and FurMark to create the maximum heat output. Prime95′s ‘Small FFTs’ setting allows us to stress our CPU. FurMark’s ‘GPU Burn-in’ mode creates the maximum amount of load our GPU is ever likely to see.

Test System:

Thermal Performance Test Procedures:

  • The case’s default fan configuration is used to give an accurate interpretation of the out-of-the-box performance.
  • The Thermaltake Chaser A31‘s default fan configuration is: 1x 120mm front intake, 1x 120mm rear exhaust.
  • The fans are operating at full speed.
  • We allow the system to idle for 15 minutes and record the stable temperatures.
  • We allow the system to operate under extreme stress for 15 minutes and record the stable temperatures.

Room temperature was maintained at 24°C.

temps - idle

temps - load

Cooling performance is sufficient enough to tame a mid-range, gaming-calibre build. With just one intake and one exhaust fan, Thermaltake’s Chaser A31 can’t match the cooling performance of NZXT’s Phantom 630 when a heavy load is applied to the system.

Purchasing an additional 120mm fan for the uppermost front mount will help to improve cooling performance. We would recommend purchasing a 120 or 140mm unit for positioning in one of the roof mounts, but make sure that there is enough clearance in the confined space above a large CPU cooler.

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