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Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Case Review

The Overseer RX-I has been designed to offer the same level of thermal performance as the Chaser MK-I at a considerably lower price, aiming towards enthusiasts who do not want/need the myriads of features the Chaser MK-I is loaded with. As a matter of fact the two cases share the same steel body, consequently we expect the Overseer RX-I and the Chaser MK-I to be similar in many ways.

Outside the box, the Overseer RX-I is an impressive-looking case with an aggressive futuristic design of many edges and sharp angles. Weighting just over 10kg, the Overseer RX-I is not what you may call a lightweight chassis but it definitely does not weight above average when compared to other steel cases of similar size.

The frame of the faceplate of the Overseer RX-I case is mostly made out of plastic and a metallic mesh covers the front, allowing air to be easily sucked inside the case by means of negative pressure and/or the front intake fan. Blue lines are forming a colorful next to the drive bays. Although it appears that four 5.25” bays are available, they are actually three; the far bottom bay is part of the faceplate and only the mesh may be removed to accommodate an external 3.5” device. The design of the faceplate is highly aggressive and complex, obviously aiming to please gamers and users who enjoy fancy solutions. A simple nickel plated company logo can be seen at the bottom middle part of the faceplate.

The front connectors and buttons of this case can be found at the top side of the faceplate. An asymmetric, large power button can be seen at the right front side of the faceplate, while the smaller reset button has been placed on the left. The “vandal” kind of artwork at the center between the two buttons will light up blue when the system is powered on. The very large power on and disk activity LEDs can each be seen at the right and left edge of the top cover’s front respectively.

Right after the front panel buttons Thermaltake neatly placed all of the front connection ports, which are two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports and the standard headphone/microphone 3.5mm jacks.

The USB 3.0 is using an internal header and no cables will have to be routed to the back of your motherboard; however your motherboard must have an USB 3.0 internal header available as well. We should also mention that the USB 3.0 header cannot be installed on an internal USB 2.0 motherboard connector, meaning that if your motherboard does not have an internal USB 3.0 header you will not be able to make use of the USB 3.0 ports at all.

Further in towards the middle of the top cover, Thermaltake installed a SATA dock for 2.5” and 3.5” SATA devices, allowing the user to connect and remove disk drives as easily as if they were floppy disks. There is no fan speed controller, which is the most noticeable missing feature of the Overseer RX-I over the more expensive Chaser MK-I.

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