So you catch me this time with a new case review. Thermaltake is back with another smart looking chassis, it’s the Commander C34 TG ARGB case with its tempered glass side panel and very interesting 200mm ARGB fans. This is a pretty decent sized ATX case and certainly has plenty of options for PC builders, with lots of space for a potential water cooling loop in there and more.
Let’s get to it then and dig into reviewing the new Thermaltake Commander C34 TG ARGB case!
Commander C34 TG ARGB Case Specifications & Features
|Model||Commander C34 TG ARGB|
|Case Type||Middle tower|
|Dimension (H x W x D)||462 x 233 x 533 mm
(18.2 x 9.2 x 21 inch)
|Net Weight||7.86 kg / 17.33 lb|
|Side Panel||4mm Tempered Glass x1|
|Color||Exterior & Interior : Black|
|Cooling System||Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan
(1000rpm, 16 dBA)
Front (intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm ARGB fan x2
(800rpm, 29.2 dBA)
|Expansion Slots||7 + 2|
|Motherboards||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)|
|I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, RGB Switch x 1|
|PSU||Standard PS2 PSU (optional)|
3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm
1 x 120mm
|Radiator Support||Front: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm
Top: 1 x 240mm, 1 x 280mm
Rear: 1 x 120mm
Commander C34 TG ARGB Case Closer Look
So let’s get to it and open up the box and see what treasures await inside the Commander C34 TG ARGB’s box, and from the get-go it looks ace. The mesh front panel and magnetic filter atop the case are always welcome additions in the fight against dust inside the case. Of course, the crown jewels for this case are the hefty 200mm RGB fans in the font and that lovely tint free tempered glass side panel, which makes a welcome change to some I have dealt with, so all the lighting inside the case (if you have it) is as it should be!
The usual suspects are there, which I welcome from preinstalled standoffs to the baggy of hardware for bits and pieces to install GPU and hard drives. So popping the metal side panel off the case you get to see the simple but effective controller board. This manages the fans’ speed and RGB lighting and means no fiddling about connecting it up as it’s already done out of the box. Internally, the case is also really spacious offering plenty of room for a full custom water cooling loop setup which, combined with the clear glass, could make for some very awesome looking PC builds. The space for hard drives is ace too as it keeps everything hidden behind the back panel out of sight. Cable management in this case is also top notch and I don’t think it will take much in order to cleanly manage once a system is installed, a good thing too since that clear panel could be a burden if your spaghetti is showing.
From what you have seen so far, the building stage in the Thermaltake Commander C34 should be nice and easy, although upon checking out the internal layout of the case a couple of things I would have liked to see would be rubber grommets in the cable management holes as well as a retractable basement shroud to hide the rather large opening towards the front the case. I feel these options would make an even better case from what is already a brilliant case.
I managed to get everything in nice and neatly following my build, the basement shroud is just enough to hide some cable but you can still see them poking out a little. I like the fact the controller for the fans is Sata powered too! Finally, a more modern solution that I’d like to see implemented more often as Molex can be very fiddly at times and adds an otherwise unnecessary cable to builds with modular PSUs. Cable management in the C34 is nice and pain free with plenty of loops for cable ties or velcro cable management to keep everything tidy.
One thing I do need to note is that the front panel is a little bit of a stretch for the AIO I am currently using but with some reshuffling of where I mounted it all worked out well. The ARGB 200mm fans in the Commander C34 TG ARGB case are also ace too, they are nice and quiet for their size but they also have multiple settings controlled by the LED button atop the case with the front I/O and you can turn the LEDs off whilst not turning the fans off. The ARGB of the fans is nice and smooth as well which is always welcome. Overall the build experience and quality of this case are top notch in my mind and it would not look out of place on anyone’s desk.
The Commander C34 TG ARGB Case Review: The Verdict
Now that the build inside the Commander C34 case is complete it’s the verdict time and I’m happy to say its only good words from me with the odd suggestion on improvements for a brilliant case to become even better. One big suggestion I would make is a longer basement shroud just to hide away some of the additional cables most people will have left over due to PSU requirements for most power needs. If you manage these excess cables well though you may not have this issue to deal with once its all built and sorted to your liking since the Commander C34 TG ARGB is really well covered for management.
The Commander C34 is also pretty affordable for its features too I have spotted it online for less than £100 over at Scan which for a case with RGB and tempered glass is pretty damn affordable! It also has great options for water cooling as well as air cooling of course so I can’t recommend it enough to everyone for a nice aesthetic case.
I’m actually happy to award the Thermaltake Commander C34 TG ARGB case our Gold Award due to its overall ease to work with and how decent it looks with its clear tempered glass and RGB fans, and, due to it being one of my favourite cases to work with so far, it also gets our Editors Choice Award reserved for the best examples as seen by each reviewer.
- Easy to work with and build in
- Clear Tempered Glass panel
- The RGB fans are nice and smooth lighting.
- No management hole grommets.
- Short PSU basement shroud.
I’d like to give a big thanks to Thermaltake for sending a sample of the Commander C34 TG ARGB case in for review.