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Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Co., LTD.
Product Name: Core V71
Model Number: CA-1B6-00F1WN-00
UPC: 841163054567
Price As Tested: $149.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.

Thermaltake is no stranger to the computer chassis market. With Reddot design awards for their Chaser A71 and Level 10 enclosures, they aren’t afraid to try different approaches to chassis design. With their new Core V71 Full Tower chassis, Thermaltake is offering an E-ATX capable enclosure that is both versatile and adaptable. Focusing on performance with either air or liquid cooling, the Core V71 offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and customization.

Loaded with a 140mm and three 200mm fans in stock configuration while featuring the modular drive trays of the Thermaltake Urban T81, the Core V71 allows the end user to customize this full tower to adapt to their specific purposes. Does it sacrifice anything in the process? Can you really have a case that offers superior performance in both air and liquid configurations? Benchmark Reviews was given an opportunity to see what the Thermaltake Core V71 offers, so let’s get started!

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If you’re familiar with some of my other reviews, you know that I try to build a system in each enclosure that matches (or exceeds, if only just for fun!) the type of system one would expect for each chassis and make some observations along the way. When I saw that the Core V71 ships with three 200mm fans in its stock configuration, I simply had to see how an overclocked Crossfire Radeon configuration would perform along with an overclocked FX-8320 CPU. While the ambient temps in the upper Midwest USA are still a little low (preventing some truly objective comparisons), I’m still looking forward to see how well those 200mm fans can cool some toasty components.

Features & Specifications

Model Core V71
P/N CA-1B6-00F1WN-00
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
Material SPCC
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’’
Expansion Slots 8
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)


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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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