Building in the Core V71
With a review of the main features complete, let’s take a look at building a system in the Core V71.
Although, there’s one feature we haven’t looked at yet. Not only are the drive cages modular, but there are two additional drive mounting points on the back of the case. Simply take two of the drive sleds out of their cages and hang/snap them on the included supports. I’m not sure if I’ve seen quite this approach before, but I like it. Especially for my builds, which are usually gaming oriented and rarely use more than two drives (SSD+HDD).
Drives pivot and snap in solidly, and seem quite stable when attached. I didn’t get the feeling they’d fall out whatsoever. Maybe with some severe jostling…but I’m guessing you’d crash some drive heads before getting these trays to fall off.
The PSU installs very easily as well, although you’ll have to shift the support bar that sits on the bottom to fit your specific power supply. A few thumbscrews later, and you shouldn’t have any problems with fitting any power supply on the market.
Adding the motherboard and CPU is easy, just like any other full-tower ATX case – made a little easier just because of the extra room above and in front of the motherboard. You won’t be suffering from cramped quarters in the Core V71. I especially appreciated the very wide opening up top for the 8-pin CPU connector – this cable is probably the most troublesome for any ATX full tower, and the extra space will come in handy for routing fan cables for radiators too.
Adding a graphics card is effortless as well – with the drive cages removed, I don’t think you’ll need to worry about clearance for longer GPUs. The specifications state a limit of 310mm with the HDD rack in place (400mm without)…
…which leaves more than enough room for the XFX Radeon R9 270X pictured here. Something like a R9 290 or GTX 780 (generally around 260-300mm) would also fit fine even with the modular drive cages in place.
Cable management is made pretty easy, although there is only one drive for this build. Still, everything neatly lines up for the most part, and Thermaltake includes some reusable tie-downs to make tidying up even easier. The expanded side panel ensures even the thick 24-pin ATX cable will have room without any bowing side panels. There’s about 2.5 cm of space for cables without the side extrusion, 3 cm total. That’s more than an inch for cables, which is generous and appreciated – you shouldn’t have any difficulty replacing the side panel on this case.