Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Thermaltake's cases seem to feature about an even mix of either designs based on older ideas and tooling or a very unique take on the idea of a chassis, or when the aesthetics are a little more subtle, Thermaltake does everything they can with that design to offer anything and everything an enthusiast would want in a chassis. Today, we are going to be discussing the latter with this design, as some of the more recent submissions were more or less tweaked ideas with older chassis components as the base of the design.
As we look into this latest chassis, we find that in no way is this an average submission. Thermaltake has taken the whole idea of a full-tower chassis, stripped it down to the base panels of the frame, and reworked just about every panel and component that is offered inside of this chassis. Optical bays, storage racks, chassis modularity, and an aesthetic that most companies tend to stay away from can all be found in this latest submission. On top of that, the chassis is very well appointed, and in the factory, they take the time to pre-wire the chassis, as well as offering all the bits and pieces needed to add PC components into this chassis and do just about whatever you want inside.
It has been quite a long time--like since the Level 10 days--since we have been this excited about a Thermaltake chassis. Don't take that the wrong way as we did like a lot of their designs; however, once everything unfolds in front of you of what this chassis is capable of, it is really tough not to be excited about the new angles we are seeing manufacturers take with chassis design in just the last few months.
At this point, find a beverage and get comfortable. We have a lot to show you, and after, it will be very easy to see why the Thermaltake Core V71 EATX full-tower chassis is a serious contender for one of the best designs of the year.
The Core V71 is made mostly of steel that has been painted black throughout, but it also has some components made of ABS plastic. What is aesthetically special about this chassis is that the front bezel and the top of the chassis are both completely covered with steel mesh with tiny round holes as the pattern. The left side of the chassis offers a very large, almost full panel, window, and it is from this side that you can see the extended top added on to this full-tower chassis. Around the back, there are eight expansion slots and a bottom mounted PSU, and the right side of the chassis is a solid steel panel, but it has a large bumped out section to allow for more wiring. Inside of the chassis, there are two 5.25-inch bays; eight drive trays plus two hidden locations for storage; and a motherboard tray that offers grommets and good wire management options, in addition to allowing Micro-ATX, ATX, and Extended-ATX motherboards to be installed.
The cooling inside of this chassis as well as the drive mounting modularity is where this chassis really excels. The chassis shows up with a pair of blue LED 200mm fans in the front of the chassis, as well as another blue LED 200mm fan in the top of the chassis. There is one other fan sent inside of this chassis, and that is the 140mm Turbo fan used in the back as an exhaust. Since the design allows for it, once the storage drive racks and the lower optical drive bay are removed, things get interesting for water cooling. The front will now be able to house up to a 360mm (3 x 120), a 280mm (2 x 140), or even a 400mm (2 x 200) radiator there, and the top of the chassis offers the same options as the front does. The rear of the chassis can hold either a single 120mm or 140mm radiator, and depending on the PSU choice, the floor offers room for a single or dual 120mm radiator.
What is noticeable as we look around at pricing and availability is that we can locate the Core V71 just about everywhere we tried, but pricing is a touch higher than most full-towers that buyers gravitate to. New tooling, research and development, and designing new packaging all have really high costs related to them, and to be honest, it does not seem like they are trying to stab your wallet trying to make that up on each chassis; this pricing says to us that they plan to sell quite a few of these and make just a few dollars here and there to recoup those costs. With what we have had the chance to see already, we do feel that while buyers may get a bit of sticker shock, this chassis is well worth the investment.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Core V71 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Core V71 retails for $151.44 at Amazon.