Inside the Core V71
As we remove the panels, our first view inside shows us a large chassis that has been divided off with the ODD bay and the eight drive tray below sectioning off the front from the main motherboard section. The wiring is tended to next to the bays, and as for the hardware, it was shipped between the motherboard tray and the right side panel.
Since the first optical bay is under the top cover, this is technically the second bay, and it is completely removable if needed and offers a tool-free mechanism to lock drive in when in use.
Here we have three cages that have been screwed into the right side framing as well as being tied to a removable support rail that is on the left of all the drive bays in this image. These cages and the support can be removed completely or reassembled to use just the racks you need at the top, in the middle, or all stacked from the bottom.
Just by removing all of the drive bays and the support rail, we have opened things up for near unlimited potential. While we can see the stock 200mm fans in the front, there are many options for fans and radiators to contemplate now.
The top of the chassis comes with a third 200mm fan, but by looking at the steel running from front to back, there are all sorts of holes to allow for many fan and radiator types, and with oval holes, they even compensate for various offsets with radiators.
The motherboard tray will house boards up to EATX, has a large CPU back plate access hole, and also offers five large areas to pass wiring and plenty of tie points stamped into the steel.
Once the HDD cages are removed, the bottom is also completely open now. The PSU goes in the back and on top of the adjustable PSU support rail, and the rest of the room can be used for fans, a radiator, or the pump and reservoir.
Inside of the back of the Core V71, we see the Turbo fan is all black, and it does not sport the LED lighting of the front and top. Also, while the 200mm fans are connected to the fan and light controllers, this fan requires power via a 3-pin plug. As for the expansions slots, thumbscrews secure cards and the replaceable covers currently in the slots.
Behind the motherboard tray, there is a minimum of 25mm of room, and combined with the door bump, that is 30mm of room in most places. The wiring is pre-routed to help with the build, and to the left are two racks that support the blue trays that you will see used later in this review.
All of the chassis wiring is black or sleeved to be black as well. There is a 4-pin Molex that powers the fan and light controllers, but the 200mm fans are all pre-wired to them. The rest of the wiring, for the switches and LEDs, USB 2.0, native USB 3.0, and the HD Audio connections, is long enough for any build.