Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Review

Written by Paul Goodhead

November 15, 2011 | 07:53

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Overseer AX-I Performance Analysis

Building a PC inside the Overseer RX-I proved to be a simple task, thanks to the generous width of the case and the well placed cable-routeing holes. Fitting on the right hand side panel proved to be a little bit of a squeeze, however, as there was only just enough room for the thick 24-pin ATX12V cable between the panel and the back of the motherboard tray, even with its extruded bulge. Thankfully, fitting the right hand side panel isn’t something you’re likely to have to do more than a few times over the life of the case.

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Firing up the system revealed that the fans bundled with the Overseer RX-I were relatively quiet and unobtrusive - the sound they did emit was at the deeper end of the frequency scale, which is much easier to tolerate than high, whiny frequencies. One complaint, however, was that the large side panel fan mount allowed noise from our graphics card cooler to escape, although this failing is common among high air-flow, gaming-orientated cases.

The temperatures that the Overseer RX-I returned also leaned towards the more impressive end of the scale. Its CPU delta T of 40oC was commendable - a result on par with the Lian Li PC-V1020 and the Silverstone Raven RV02.

Its GPU delta T of 49oC proved similarly solid, again just about keeping up with the RV02 and outstripping the well regarded Fractal Design Define R3, although the R3 ran significantly more quietly.

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Conclusion

The Overseer RX-I is a competent performer, then, but in truth it’s not a case any of us here at bit-tech towers is clamouring to take home. This is because it feels like a by-the-numbers product; it lacks any kind of innovation or panache. We’ve seen every feature on it before and while that doesn’t make it bad, it does mean it’s about as interesting as a meal aboard the Nebuchadnezzar.

This may have been acceptable if it retailed for £80 or so, but at £107.74 it’s a problem - if you’re shelling out that kind of money then you want something with a bit of personality to it, such as the Raven RV03 or the NZXT Phantom. It’s this intangible sense of cool that we think the Overseer AX-I lacks. We appreciate that this is subjective, however, and if you like the look of what you see in the Overseer RX-I, then you won’t be disappointed by the excellent cooling on offer.
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  • Cooling
    25 / 30
  • Features
    16 / 20
  • Design
    22 / 30
  • Value
    10 / 20

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