Thermaltake Cases Are Suitable For Everyone’s Budget (Part 2)

6/3/2013 11:31:15 AM

Thermaltake Commander MS-II

MS-II doesn’t look much different from the aforementioned MS-I model. We can only be able to find out some tiny changes such as the additional external 5.25-inch slot and the side window that has different shape.

But these 2 models indeed are much more different than what you can guess from the first look.

Product photo

Product photo

You can easily see a completely different set of quick fastening screws and a new chassis. We will discuss in details right below.

Front connectors

Front connectors

The I/O connectors not only include a USB 2.0 port but also a USB 3.0 one. Its end is connected to the head of the motherboard. We have never seen USB 3.0 ports which is compatible to the computer cases with the affordable price before. (There’s a product from Antec, but it costs more).

The connectors on the front cover are placed reasonably: 2 USB ports are separated by the headphone and micro jacks, so you can easily plug 2 big USB devices into them at the same time. Note that each cable for connecting the USB port on the computer case requires having 2 headers on the motherboard.

The power and drive indicators are s little too bright.

Dust filter

Dust filter

The front is similar to the MS-I with the plastic cover, the foam rubber protective layer and the metal grille outside. It’s tightened by 6 flower-shape metal screws, each of which has 4 petal-shape screws.

Unlike the common products with reasonable price, MS-II has the shield on the back with the reusable thumbscrews.

The holes for the pipes on the liquid cooling system are sealed by the rubber buttons. These buttons are incredibly hard and difficult to be bended toward their petal-shape screws.

Compared to MS-I, the accessories here include several cables and a power adaptor from a 3-pin fan connection with a 4-pin PATA power connector.

In MS-I, the motherboard is mounted on the bulges on the mounting face. MS-II, it’s kept safely thanks to the supportive pins. To insert the last part of it, there’s a special tip for the way of using a multi-tip among the accessories that come with the computer case, but anyhow it’s not easy to fasten the screws into the pins on the top and the back of the case.

Product structure

Product structure

The pads used for absorbing the vibrations seems to be under the grille of the  PSU fan, not under the PSU cover when the PSU is fitted with its facing-down fans. This seems not good.

You don’t need to take your PSU out or even open the computer case to clean the dust stuck on the filter because its end sits under the bottom cover. Besides the PSU, it also protects the optional fans on the bottom.

The filters here are much worse than those in MS-I. The perforated sheet of flexible plastic blocks more air flows than of a grille.

The side of the case

The side of the case

MS-II lacks a dedicated cable compartment, so you can’t put all of the cables into a main frame of the chassis. The inner design of MS-​​II seems to be slightly outdated, which is the same to the products of 5 years ago or even more.  

The position for the 2.5inch drive

The position for the 2.5inch drive

As in MS-I, there’s a position for the 2.5inch SSD right under the main disk rack which is designed for 5 3.5-inch devices (along with some other devices if you don’t want to use the exterior 3.5-inch slot).

And just like in MS-I, the set of screws for quick fastening can’t fix the HDDs solidly. In fact the screws are very identical, though they have different shape. So, as with MS-I, you will prefer the good-quality old screws.

It’s the same to the screws for 5.25-inch devices.

The side panel of the product

The side panel of the product

The side panels have a lot of hard fixing points as a special trait of the cheap-pricing computer case. The window is the only unusual feature for the product with this price.

Because there’s no cable behind the motherboard to press the side panels together its latter can easily put into the right position. 

The position for placing the CPU cooler

The position for placing the CPU cooler

The cut-out part of the CPU cooler is bigger than in Commander MS-I, allowing you to remove your CPU cooler without taking the motherboard out of the chassis regardless of the proper position of the CPU socket. CPU power cable can’t be all pushed behind the mounting side of the motherboard.

The photo of the case when installing

The photo of the case when installing

MS-II is somewhat more inconvenient that MS-I when talking about your system-installing process, and the result seems less tidy and neat because the cables can’t he hidden. Alternatively, you can tie orderly the cables into bunches by using the belts, the accessories which don’t have the appearance of the MS-I model.

So, MS-II shows some signs for the intention of cutting cost. It has the quick-fastening screws for all the slots. The holes for the liquid cooling system on the rear are rubberized.  The frame of the expansion card can be reused.

So, both MS-I and MS-II has their own strong and weak points, but we’ll find out in our practical test to see which one is more preferred.

The product’s fan

The product’s fan

The ventilation system is as similar as in MS-I except for having only 1 fan which is placed at the front panel. Though, the default fan works at higher speed. It’s about 700 RPM ở at silent ode of the motherboard. Combined with the interior space which seems to be larger (due to having no cable compartment), this leads to many positive effects for the ventilation system.

At every fan position, except for the 2 sides, they’re all equipped with a dust filter. The filter on the top IS perforated piece of plastic which weakens the airflows of the fan. Anyhow, the inefficient dust protective layer is not the signature sign of the primary case.  

Completely assembled case

Completely assembled case

The assembling way of Commander MS-II seems good, but the LED indicators seem to be a little too bright.


·         USB 3.0 supporting

·         Affordable price

·         Stunning appearance

·         Harder-than-expected chassis

·         Can accommodate a lot of hard drives

·         Offering a lot of position to place the fans

·         Good dust-resistant ability


·         Made from slightly thin metal plates

·         Not having dedicated cable compartment

·         Too bright Led indicators

·         Only 1 default fan (but it highlights the entire case system)

Thermaltake Commander MS-II’s technical standards

·         Dimension, mm: 195x423x481

·         Compatibility: ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX

·         Exterior slot: 3x5.25”; 1x3.5”

·         Interior slots: 5x3.5”; 1x2.5”

·         External ports: 1x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0; 2 audio jacks

·         Fan: 1x120 mm

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