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Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case Review

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Core V71 Detailed Features

Now that we’ve seen the outside, let’s look at some of the more detailed features of the Core V71.

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Removing the side panel reveals the modular bracket for the 3/3/2 3.5″ tool-less drive sleds. Each of these modular units can be removed and reconfigured based on your needs – in fact, the entire assembly can be removed if necessary. In its stock configuration, there’s still enough room for another set of fans inside the chassis frame (or a slim radiator), but the bracket can be moved rearward to free up even more room. You can even place a single drive cage suspended somewhere in the middle, if you’d like. To me, this ability (along with the 200mm fans) is one of the most distinguishing features of the Core V71. Very rarely do I personally fill a tower with drives, but what an option! That’s what the PC ecosystem is the best at (options), in my opinion, and it’s nice to see a chassis that can accommodate a wide variety of builds/purposes.

While we’re here, take a look at that top panel – see how tall it is? There’s quite a bit of room under there, and by removing the dust filter there’s just under 7cm of vertical room for fans or radiators.

TtCoreV71_MoboBack

That space is even more apparent when the top mesh panel is removed (like the front, the force required to remove the panel is practically perfect – enough to prevent any movement when attached, but not so much that it feels like you’re going to break something when removing it – well done on the tolerances here Thermaltake!). The I/O cluster sticks up in the front, but that just shows how much space is located above the frame.

All fan cables are very nicely wrapped and routed, and the stock cables are mostly tucked away already for you. I would have preferred a much larger grommeted opening at the bottom for the cables from the PSU, but the rest of the cables should route nicely with very little effort.

TtCoreV71_ModularTrays

Removing and rearranging the drive cages is just a matter of removing some thumbscrews. The lower 5.25″ bay is removable as well, you’ll just need to remove the front panel to get access to the screws.

TtCoreV71_ToollessHDD

The drive sleds themselves are a distinct bright blue, and feature a tool-less mounting method that makes it very easy to add and swap hard drives (remove drive sled, pop out the side “pins”, insert drive, replace side pins, insert drive sled and latch). The latching mechanism works well, and the overall operation of these drive sleds is very confidence-inspiring. 2.5″ drives will still need to use screws – it’s too bad at least one bracket/sled wasn’t re-purposed to give a tool-less option for mounting SSDs. Even dedicating one of the drive cages to 2.5″ drives would have been a nice touch. A minor issue to be sure, but most enthusiast builds that end up in cases like this could be assumed to have at least one SSD.

TtCoreV71_TraysRemov

With the drive cages removed, there’s a lot of space to work in. Virtually the entire top, front, and bottom of the Core V71 is available for fans or radiators.

TtCoreV71_Floor

The floor strangely doesn’t include any specific mounting points for fans, but using the included screws they can still be secured through the metal mesh. The series of holes that you can see in the middle are for the PSU support bracket; this bracket should accommodate any power supply on the market.

TtCoreV71_TopUncov

The above photo is looking down on the Core V71 from the top, where the extra 200mm fan mounting location and offset 120/140mm fan/rad mounting points are obvious. While it may ruin the symmetry (you don’t see it anyway), offset radiator and fan mounting points are essential for clearing motherboard components.

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All of the panels can be removed with a very fine-tuned application of force. The “snap-in” of these panels is very crisp and pleasant, and they don’t require an “I’m going to break something” amount of force to remove. Both feature removable dust filters, although the front panel needs to be removed entirely to gain access to its filter. This angle also gives a great view of the two 5.25″ bays (one in the chassis, one “on top”).

TtCoreV71_IOPanel

Thermaltake did an excellent job with the switches used on the I/O panel. The power button is very crisp and tactile, and the others follow suit without any binding or mushiness. A small detail, but surprisingly pleasant. Two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports complete the I/O assembly, along with the 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks.


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  1. kzinti1

    A pretty and nice case. Except for the niggling little problems always inherent with Thermaltake products.
    That’s always been the trouble with Thermaltake.
    Almost, but not quite, perfect.
    It would take just a little bit more effort for them to make excellent products.
    But, they’d rather save a dime than make a fortune.
    Flimsy side panels and noise just don’t cut it these days.

    1. Tom Jaskulka

      It seems you might be on to something – the Core V71 has been on sale at Newegg for $139 for the last few days, along with a $10 MIR (and a promo code too, it seems). I still think a chassis that comes stock with three 200mm fans and those modular drive trays is a decent value at $159, but there are a LOT of good choices in that price range…

  2. Caring1

    Very nice case, but I would prefer a couple of SSD’s inside, so the usual hard drive cages are useless to me.
    Also would like to see dust covers for the top outputs, even in an airconditioned room the top of my computer seems to attract dust.

    1. Olin Coles

      I don’t think that dust covers over the top fans (which exhausts air) would prevent dust from settling on top of your computer.

    2. Tom Jaskulka

      I agree it’s a bit strange that these $100+ cases don’t make some sort of specific provision for 2.5″ drives/SSDs (other than some holes in a drive tray). I would assume those users spending that type of money on a case would also set aside at least that amount for an SSD, given the difference it makes for the system as a whole. Maybe I’m just getting lazy, but it’s a little frustrating to have decent tool-less drive bays for HDDs that still need screws if you want SSDs.

      As far as the dust covers, the top panel does include a removable filter – although if by “outputs” you were talking about the USB/audio ports, you could always add something like these.

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