Thermaltake Gives Builders a Modestly-sized Chaser Option with the Mid-Tower A21
Posted on August 27, 2013 2:00 PM by J.D. Kane
Thermaltake has just taken the wraps off its latest addition to its Chaser series of chassis: the A21.
Looking to all the world like a cut-down A71, the new A21 is precisely that, a more compact interpretation of the Chaser series’ signature visual features. It is even smaller than the A31. As part of the Chaser chassis family the A21 boasts: fluorescent blue accents; full-mesh frontal treatment; bulging flanks on the side panels; a windowed and vented left side panel; and a visual style that just shouts “Look at me! I’m a gamer!” to even the most uninitiated onlooker.
The A21 might be the smallest Chaser, but it still can host a powerful PC. It has three 5.25″ drive bays for optical drives (or bay-mounted reservoirs), six 3.5″ drive bays, and one dedicated 2.5″ drive bay for SSDs. Most of the storage bays are toolless, which confers a user-friendliness that should please most PC builders. The A21 also has seven PCI expansion slots, so this can handle even a twin-dual slot GPU configuration quite easily. Speaking of GPUs, Thermaltake says the A21 can handle even “extra long” graphics cards with no issues, though it didn’t provide a maximum GPU length in its specs.
As far as cooling goes, the A21 has one 120mm blue LED fan pre-installed at the rear exhaust position. However, it can accommodate one 120mm fan at the front intake position, one 120mm fan on the side panel, two 120mm fans at the top of the case, and one more 120mm fan at the bottom. Moreover, Thermaltake’s own AIO (all-in-one) WATER-series LCS (liquid cooling systems) are naturally fully compatible and fits at the top position as well.
Front I/O needs are met by: 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 2.0; HD Audio In and Headphone Out.
Thermaltake says that its Chaser A21 will carry an SRP of $59.99, and that its availability should happen in about a month.