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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Overseer RX-I System Build
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Final Thoughts

Overall I am very, very happy with the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I PC Case. The main problem besides its name is how difficult the side panels are to remove and re-install. In this day and age with the advancement of technologies it should not cause actual pain to remove the side panels from your case. I go in and out of my case quite a lot so this is a big issue for me. For those of you that build and forget then you will only encounter this problem once or twice. The paintwork on the Overseer looks very nice but is easily damaged. After photographing and installing hardware inside I have quite a few scratches on the back panel, if this was a $50 case then I wouldn't mind but it isn't so extra care needs to be taken if you want to preserve the good looks of this case.

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Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Conclusion

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I PC case a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have been given a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the PC case is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.

Performance of the Overseer RX-I is great. Temperatures of my overclocked system stay well within limits and the noise level is very, very low indeed.

Appearance is marmite when it comes to Thermaltake cases, you either like them or you don't. The Overseer I'm sure will be no exception. Is it bad to like in-your-face overly complicated designs like this?

Construction is second to none, apart from the issues discussed about removing and re-installing the side panels that really let this case down.

Functionality is top notch. There isn't a lot that this case is missing and there is ample free space to fill with extra hardware.

As of mid-October 2011, the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I (model VN700M1W2N) costs $128 from Amazon.com. In this price range are cases such as Antec Nine Hundred Two v3, NZXT Phantom and the Rosewill Thor V2. Where the Overseer RX-I may not win in looks it definitely wins in features, I could not ask for much more. This case is well worth that asking price.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Good construction
+ USB 3.0 support
+ External 2.5/3.5" HDD/SSD dock
+ 1 x 120mm fan + 2 x 200mm fans provide excellent airflow
+ 240mm watercooling radiator support in roof
+ Lots of room for big hardware + more
+ Quiet operation
+ Bottom mounted PSU
+ Vented and filtered air intakes all round
+ Eight PCI slots
+ Room for extra 2 x 200mm fans
+ Excellent cable routing potential
+ Enormous feet give near 35mm floor clearance

Cons:

- Tool free 5.25" clips are a little weak
- Side panel fitting is very poor
- Paintwork is easily damaged
- Looks are not to everyone's taste

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# RE: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Computer CaseJulien 2011-10-27 09:06
Hello,
Do you know of a 360mm radiator could take place on the top of the overseer?
thanks a lot for your review, it's the first on internet !
Bye Bye
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-10-27 14:31
I would say yes, but it will be a squeeze and there will be some cutting and drilling to do. Also remember that there is only 40mm space under the shroud. An ODD in the top bay may conflict if you have the rad on the inside.

Thanks for the compliment, at Benchmark Reviews we aim to please. :D
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# RE: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Computer CaseLuke 2011-10-30 13:06
Great review!!!

I'm guessing corsair's h100 radiator would fit... which would make it perfect.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-10-30 13:13
Correct, the H100 radiator should slot in nicely.
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# Made to be moddedMoto Psycho 2011-10-31 23:49
I think anyone buying this case is going to be open to the idea of a little tool-time to tweak her to requirements,
I look forward to seeing some nice casemods coming up soon :)
Moto
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# Just a little too teenager for my tastelwatcdr 2011-11-01 08:36
The looks are just a bit too over the the top for my taste. Love all the cooling options. Probably a good case for someone else. Unless it is ons sale.
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# I agree......dlb 2011-11-01 18:15
Yeah, I've never been a fan of the "futuristic" or "Transformer" type of case.... however, with this case, I do like the internals. For externals, I like something with some understated burlyness like the BitFenix Shinobi (the all black window-less variety), or the NZXT BetaEVO (which I use for my home PC). WHile this TT case has excellent features, the outer "bling" isn't by cup of tea. I'd like to see the same internal features on a much less externally "flashy" case.

(At least it isn't red, yellow, and black!)
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# Agreed, Nice butt ugly caseMergatroid 2011-11-01 19:42
For the price I would rather have one of the newer Corsair cases, but this case has all the right stuff if you like the looks.
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# nice gaming case,chronofusion 2013-04-04 17:41
Will swiftech h220 fit? Will the nzxt kraken x60 fit?
Also will the thermaltake extreme 2.0 fit?

If even TWO of these will fit, then this case is a 100% winner for me. Building for the wife her first real gaming rig. going overclock the snot out of a 8350 for her since that' is the cpu she already has. cheers
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