As a lot of you know, buying a case is not as easy as it may seem. Graphic cards nowadays are getting longer and in some cases exceeds 12 inches in length. This means you might need a chassis with removable drive cages or some option that will open up space to allow such graphics cards. Another factor to look at when buying a chassis is cooling. If you’re a water cooling enthusiast or thinking about making the move to water cooling you have to do your research and make sure it’s possible to install a custom water cooling system or for beginners, a closed loop All In One CPU cooler. Even if you’re into air cooling and would like to mount the new Noctua D15 CPU cooler, you have to make sure that once the D15 has been mounted to your motherboard, that there’s not going to be any issues with your side panel hitting the cooler. Luckily, Thermaltake has solved a lot of these problems for you with the release of the Core V71 Full Tower Chassis, which is the subject of today’s review so let’s dive in and see if the Thermaltake Core V71 is the chassis you have been waiting for.
Thermaltake’s Take on the Core V71 Chassis
Experience the next generation of chassis design! Thermaltake has introduced a new concept for more versatility and adaptability to any configuration. The Core V71 full-tower E-ATX case gives PC enthusiasts flexible installation options and seamless operation. Users can keep their systems cool by modifying the chassis for superior liquid cooling or superb airflow. This new chassis is the ultimate powerhouse suitable for any type of PC enthusiast – no matter liquid cooling or extreme airflow.
Features and Specifications
|Case Type||Full Tower|
|Dimension (H x W x D)||583 x 230 x 560 mm (23 x 9.1 x 22 inch)|
|Net Weight||13.2 kg|
|Side Panel||Transparent Window|
|Color||Exterior & Interior : Black|
|Cooling System||Front (intake) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) x 2 Rear (exhaust) : 140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm, 16dBA) Top (exhaust) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)|
|Drive Bays||-Accessible : 2 x 5.25’’ -Hidden : 8 x 3.5’’ or 8 x 2.5’’|
|Motherboards||9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13” (Extend ATX)|
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 2,USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1|
|PSU||Standard PS2 PSU (optional)|
|LCS Upgradable||Supports 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube|
|Fan Support||Front: 1 x 120mm or 2 x 120mm or 3 x 120mm 1 x 140mm or 2 x 140mm 1 x 200mm or 2 x 200mm Top: 1 x 120mm or 2 x 120mm or 3 x 120mm 1 x 140mm or 2 x 140mm 1 x 200mm or 2 x 200mm Rear: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm Bottom: 1 x 120mm or 2 x 120mm|
|Radiator Support||Front: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm 1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm Top: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm or 1 x 360mm 1 x 140mm or 1 x 280mm or 1 x 420mm Rear: 1 x 120mm Bottom: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 240mm|
|Other||CPU cooler height limitation: 185mm VGA length limitation: 310mm(with HDD rack) 400mm(without HDD rack)|
Let’s take a look at theCore V71 ChassisRadiator and Fan support List:
Core V71 features:
The large mesh design found on the front and top of the V71, helps maintain a constant flow of cool air throughout the chassis while at the same time keeping the hot air out. Thermaltake’s integration of afar controller and LED indicator are easy to reach and complements outside of the Core V71 chassis.
The fully modular concept of the Core V71 allows users to interchange both 3.5” & 2.5” hard-drive cages to suit their planned build and even remove the 5.25” bay drive and 3.5” drive bays to gain maximum space for advanced cooling performance or perhaps a custom water cooling system.
Moving on to the Tool-Free feature which allows users to quickly remove every single cage to suit their building needs. The screw-less assembly of the 3.5” and 5.25” tool free drive bays, not only saves you time but also minimizes issues that can be found with other chassis during installation of HDD and ODD devices. Once the interior drive cages have been removed, the new exclusive back-tray design allows you to mount both 3.5” & 2.5” drives on the rear of the drive cage support area.
Water Cooling Features:
Water Cooling Enthusiasts will be happy to know that the CoreV71 allows users to mount 240mm, 360mm, and 420mm radiators in both the top and front sections of the Core V71. A 120mm Rad can take place of the rear fan, and you also have an option of mounting either a 120mm or 240mm in the bottom section of the chassis in front of your PSU.
The Core V71 arrived in a plain brown box, the Thermaltake logo and the phrase Cool all Your Life can be found on the top left hand corner. In the middle of the box we find a large black stripe. Towards the left there’s a drawing of the Core V71 chassis, and to the right of the drawing the words Core V71Bottom right of the box shows a link to Thermaltake’s web page.
The side of the box lists the complete specs of the Core V71 including Cooling System Fan Support, Radiator Support, and Other, in this section Thermaltake lists CPU cooler height limitation, VGA length limitation with or without HDD rack being installed.
Closer Look – Exterior
Let’s move on to the exterior of the Core V71. The window on the left side panel is the perfect size for showing off your hardware, we know that right about now some of you are having mixed feelings about the drive cage and trays being shown, but remember that the whole HDD cage assembly can be removed which means you will have more than enough room for mounting a 240mm or 270mm tubular reservoir and pump which would now be shown in this area instead of the cage and trays which is a big plus in any chassis with a large window.
As we mentioned earlier the front and top of the Core V71 has a massive mesh design which allows a stream of fresh cool air in, while keeping hot air out.
There are only two 5.25 inch drive bays which are not located next to each other in an open space, so if you’re thinking about using a dual bay fan controller or a dual bay reservoir / pump combo you’re going to be out of luck, however you can always mount a 240mm, or 270mm, tubular reservoir and pump inside the chassis, freeing up the 5.25 bays for a 6 channel fan controller and a DVD burner of Blu-ray player.
The top of the Core V71 houses the front I/O which has two USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports, plus headset and microphone jacks.
The fan controller panel on the left has a fan LED button, low and high-speed buttons as well as HDD activity light and the reset button. The power on button can be found dead center between the I/O and Fan controller panels.
At the top of the rear panel we find a tab for the removable top dust filter, below the tab and to the right side, three tubing holes with rubber grommets. On the left the rear I/O and under the tubing holes you will find the honey combed grill for the V71 rear 120mm fan.
The left side has eight (8) expansion slots and directly below the slots a cut out for mounting your PSU. Finally dead center bottom, another tab for the removable bottom dust filter, both the upper & lower dust filters slide out with ease which makes them very easy for cleaning.
The bottom of the Core V71 is not partially anything special, as you can see in our photo below, there are four rubber feet which do a great job stopping the chassis from sliding around, even on glass, you can also see the removable dust filter that we showed and mentioned earlier in the review.
Here’s a shot of the right side of the Core V71.
Here’s a couple of photo showing the front panel of the Core V71 chassis with the two front fan with blue LEDS and another photo showing both the top and front fans with the blue LEDs, as we mentioned, the LED lighting can be controlled by the on / off switch in the fan controller panel located top left.
Closer Look – Interior
Let’s now move on to the Thermaltake Core V71 interior. With the front panel removed we see two 5.25” bays, and two 200mm intake fans which can be removed and replaced with either a 360mm or 420mm radiator.
The top section also comes with a 200mm intake fan, there’s enough room to mount a second 200mm fan or if you’re a water cooling enthusiast there’s room to mount either a 240mm, 360mm or a 420mm radiator.
With the left side panel removed we can see just how spacious the interior of the Core V71 really is, especially once the drive cages have been removed.
With the hard drive cages removed you now have more than enough space to mount a tubular 240mm or 270mm reservoir and pump. There’s also more than enough room to mount a 120mm or 240mm radiator in the bottom section in front of the power supply.
Let’s take another look at the HDD cage as well as all eight drive trays which can hold either 3.5” or 2.5’ drives.
We used the new OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD and a Western Digital 640GB Black Edition platter drive. The WD 640GB HDD snapped right into place, we had to use 4 small screws to secure the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD to the Core V71 HDD tray.
Our next photo is a shot of the power supply bay, if you’re going to be using a longer PSU you can loosen the thumb screws on the support beam and slid it forward just remember to tighten the thumb screws before installing your power supply.
We have two more interior photos for you before moving on to the full build photos This photo shows you the upper section where you can add a extra 200mm fan or a radiator of your choice up to 420mm.
The next photo covers the inside top section, rear fan, eight expansion slots, rear I/O, power supply bay.
Building and Installation
For our build we will be adding some Thermaltake goodies also the Intel DX79SI motherboard and a Sandy Bridge 3960X chip which will be cooled by the new Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme AIO closed loop cooler. We would like to thank Kingston for supplying us with their Genesis 32GB 2133MHz memory kit for this build. Moving on to graphics, we decided to go with a pair of Gigabyte R9 270X OC cards with Crossfire X enabled, and to power the Core V71 system, the Thermaltake Tough power 850W DPS PSU. Let’s get this hardware installed and see how the Core V71 looks all dressed up and ready to party. We will also let you know if we ran into any kind of issues while installing our hardware.
The core V71 is one of those chassis that’s a pleasure to work with; the build including cable routing was done in 90 minutes and we are happy to report no install issues and no skinned knuckles. If we had gone with a complete custom water cooling system, it would have increased our build time another 90 minutes or so for adding dual 360mm radiators, fittings, tubing, reservoir, pump, CPU and GPU blocks and coolant. All in all we are very happy with the way the Core V71 build turned out.
Here’s another photo of our build with the windowed side panel installed.
Back section showing cables neatly routed and tied back .
Here’s a shot of the rear panel with all the hardware installed and another photo showing the finished product.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Thermaltake Core V71 seems to have all the features a builder could ask for in a full tower, not to mention that it’s very easy on the eyes. Last check at Newegg shows the chassis selling for $149.99 which is an excellent price for a full tower with this many features. With Thermaltake adding the front I/O panel located top right and the fan controller panel top left , it makes things easy to reach and we like that Thermaltake gave us the option to turn the fan LEDs on and off with a simple touch of a button. The removable dust filters and easy pull out tabs makes it easy to keep your system free from dust.
Water cooling enthusiasts will love the Core V71 especially seeing as it comes ready to mount radiators up to 420mm not only the top interior but also front interior of the chassis while a giving you the option to mount a 120mm radiator on the rear panel. The bottom fronting the PSU bay area is also a mounting location for another radiator that can either be 120mm or 240mm long.
Let’s not forget that the whole drive cage can be removed within minutes to make room for a tubular 240mm or 270mm reservoir and pump, and that you can also mount two HDD trays that hold both 3.5” and 2.5” drives, on the back section to the left of your motherboard tray.
When all is said and done, the Thermaltake Core V71 is one of the best full towers on the market today, and with a price of only $159.99 at Amazon for a chassis with this many features, makes it an easy choice to buy, which is why we are giving the Thermaltake Core V71 our Editor’s Choice Award!