Thermaltake’s Commander C chassis: Choose your own front panel style

Have you ever seen a case and thought, "I like that layout, but I hate that front panel." Sure you have. We all have. Thermaltake is looking to step around those complaints with its new Commander C series of mid-tower ATX cases that come in six different variations. The Thermaltake Commander C31, C32, C33, C34, C35, and C36 are all exactly the same case, aside from the front panels.

The case itself is a thoroughly modern ATX mid-tower chassis. It's got everything you expect from a case like this in 2019: a power supply shroud, a tempered-glass window, ample cable management, and a space to mount graphics cards vertically. And of course, it has RGB lighting—specifically, a pair of 200-mm addressable RGB fans right up front.

If that's a little much for your taste, you can opt for a pair of 140-mm air movers or a trio of 120-mm spinners. For even more airflow, you can install a pair of 140-mm or 120-mm fans in the top. The Commander C-series includes a 120-mm fan in the rear for exhaust, but given how much air will be coming into the front of the case, it feels almost like an afterthought. Folks who prefer liquid cooling can stick radiators up to 360-mm in length in the front and up to 280-mm in the top, although top-mounted radiators may limit your memory clearance.

Storage accommodations in the Commander C-series comprise three 3.5" or 2.5" drives plus an additional pair of 2.5" mounts. The case takes full-sized ATX motherboards, and as a result, it has seven expansion slots in the back. If you want to install four dual-slot cards in this case for whatever reason, you'll want to make use of the two vertical video card mounting slots. While the riser cable isn't included, there's a special bracket for it to help keep the vertically mounted card from wobbling in place.

Thermaltake didn't tell us when nor for how much you could purchase a Commander C case, but we've asked and will update this post if the company replies.

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    • Mirage8008
    • 9 months ago

    They scored about a 0.5 / 6 on those faces – pretty amazing, really. You’d figure they’d have made a really nice one by accident if nothing else.

    • Cuhulin
    • 9 months ago

    I don’t mind the RGB’s, but the problem with this case is that it basically looks like every other RGB case. Where is the unique engineering and design that makes it a Thermaltake case?

    • DPete27
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]A pair of 200-mm addressable RGB fans right up front. If you prefer something a little bigger, you can replace them with a pair of 140-mm air movers[/quote<] What now?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 9 months ago

      Whoops, jacked up in editing as we were moving stuff around. Thanks for pointing it out, heh.

    • ronch
    • 9 months ago

    I’m all for bringing back the simple, un-gaudy lines of cases from the early 90’s, albeit in black. Who’s with me?

      • Shobai
      • 9 months ago

      I wouldn’t even know where to buy 60 mm fans any more.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 months ago

        At least up until a few years ago, there were a handful of choices that were clean, simple, windowless, well-executed designs with 120mm and 140mm fan mounts. Seems like a dying breed though.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 months ago

      That’s basically what I look for these days when I buy a case. And yeah, the selection has become increasingly limited, especially if you don’t want a side window.

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 months ago

    Classic Thermaltake.

    • just brew it!
    • 9 months ago

    Presumably the vertical GPU mount area is for mining rigs? They’re a little late to the party if so.

    Or am I missing something?

    At least this thing looks like it should have excellent airflow, and plenty of clearance for tall CPU coolers.

      • limitedaccess
      • 9 months ago

      Vertical GPU mounting is primarily done for aesthetics. Most of the design elements of modern video cards are on the fan side which typically is facing downwards and can’t be seen.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 months ago

        Ahh, OK. Being an “I hate case windows” guy, that never even occurred to me. I guess this is a thing now.

        Looking at the pic again, doesn’t that put the case window close enough to the GPU fan intakes to restrict the airflow to the GPU though?

          • euricog
          • 9 months ago

          [quote<]Looking at the pic again, doesn't that put the case window close enough to the GPU fan intakes to restrict the airflow to the GPU though?[/quote<] Of course, just have a look at any of the many tests and reviews everywhere! But don't underestimate the human power to be idiotic. It's many times more important to show off your expensive graphics card under a thick layer of glass and RGB fog than to have it working efficiently and reliably!

          • limitedaccess
          • 9 months ago

          In this case it would, there are however implementations with more spacing.

          At the same time however for a large part of the GPU market you could argue whether or not it would make a practical difference in actual usage.

          • Spunjji
          • 9 months ago

          It’s better suited to users who have a custom cooling loop than an air-cooled GPU. Doesn’t stop people from choking off the airflow to their standard cards, though 😀

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 9 months ago

    RGB rainbow fans = eye cancer

    • rechicero
    • 9 months ago

    They would be probably not so ugly without the UnicornPuke(TM) line of fans.

    • llisandro
    • 9 months ago

    [i<]You can have any front panel you want, as long as it's ugly [/i<] - Henry Ford

      • Wirko
      • 9 months ago

      Wrong, Henrgby Forgbd said that.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 months ago

      well it’s not black

    • qmacpoint
    • 9 months ago

    All those covers are pretty nasty, the c35 is barely presentable. Even the MasterCase series is more presentable than this.

    • NTMBK
    • 9 months ago

    And none of those options have an optical bay? What a waste of time.

      • Rand
      • 9 months ago

      Yes please, I’m sick of cases that skip the 5.25 bay. I may not need the optical drive very often but I don’t want to get rid of it entirely as it does get used sometimes.
      Why do I need an external optical drive in an ATX case? Surely there is enough room here they can manage to squeeze one in?

      Incidentally, none of these from panel designs are much different, you’ve got 6 clones that have slightly more or less plastic on the side. I am not finding this particularly impressive, or customizable.

        • SirReptitious
        • 9 months ago

        It’s gotten to where choosing a case for a new build is something I hate having to do. First I have to pick the cases that DO still have a 5.25″ bay, THEN out of those few choices find the one that has the least amount of disco lights and doesn’t look like something a 10yr old boy obsessed with Transformers would love…

      • Shobai
      • 9 months ago

      What use would a front panel option for a 5 1/4″ Bay be when the case obviously doesn’t cater for them?

      If it was something like that Riotoro case from a while back, where the case allowed for one but some of the front panel options didn’t, I could let this slide.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 months ago

        I assume he’s implying something like the Riotoro. But one of the front fan mounts would also need to be modular, to allow a smaller fan to be subbed to leave room for a 5-1/4″ bay. This would obviously add cost, and would ruin the aesthetics (such as they are).

    • ronch
    • 9 months ago

    Woah, those front panels are so different from each other!

    /s

      • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
      • 9 months ago

      When I saw the headline, I assumed it meant a few different optimizations for sound versus airflow, in the vein of the Define S vs Meshify. I was very wrong, and quite disappointed.

      • strafeshot
      • 9 months ago

      now you can choose from 5 “different” ugly, tacky, plastic front panels.

    • euricog
    • 9 months ago

    What horrible sins have we done to keep getting punished with these cases full of rainbows and hideous plastic covers that serve no purpose other than making the case uglier and perform worse?

      • Krogoth
      • 9 months ago

      Blame the current gaming demographics and eCelebrities that they follow.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 9 months ago

      Heh, I think the C33 is pretty tasteful and stylish. It’s known that I have terrible taste, though.

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