Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When the Core Series is spoken of, we immediately think back to the Thermaltake Core V71, where Thermaltake offered a chassis like no other they had before. Of course, it did take some interior components that we had seen in other designs, but the versatility of the interior design, along with the slick rounded exterior, the full mesh front panel, and huge side window, all lent to its high ratings. Not only did we at TweakTown give the Core V71 an outstanding rating, but no one elsewhere could point out a failure with that design either.
So, how do we connect this oversized full-tower into the realm of Small Form Factor cases? Well, both of these are from the same Core Series from Thermaltake. Of course, we are dealing with something much smaller this time around, but there is a definite styling that is easily recognizable as a chassis from this same series. This is due to the full mesh front bezel, the rounded off design, an interior layout with plenty of room for an AIO, and all of the typical Mini-ITX system goodies. They even figured out a way to put in an extra-large window in perspective to the chassis and panel size. So, even though we are now in SFF territory, you will easily see why this chassis is named Core V1.
We have you here today to join us as we take a tour around, inside of, and have our hand at a build inside of the Core V1 Mini-ITX chassis from Thermaltake. We know it shares aesthetics and design elements that make it easily recognizable as a Core chassis, but following the V71, we also expect some modularity, and an easy time with the process as a whole. Stick around as we go through all of the finer points of what this Core V1 has to offer, and see if it is a SFF chassis worthy of carrying the Core Series moniker.
The Core V1 has an all steel assembly for the frame and panels, but this Mini-ITX chassis has a plastic bezel frame with steel mesh that covers the entire front. The Core V1 is restricted to 276mm in height, 260mm in width, and 316mm in depth. We can also see that there is a windowed panel, and a mention of interchangeable panels. This means that either of the well ventilated side panels will swap with the top panel, so the window can be on the left, the right, or you can leave it at the top as shipped.
Inside of the chassis there are two storage drive trays that will allow for either a pair of 2.5" drives, or a pair of 3.5" drives that hang off the right side of the motherboard tray. Speaking of which, the tray offers raised steel section drilled to accept the motherboard screws, and even offers a large access hole for the CPU cooler backplate. At the front of the plate, near the 200mm installed fan, the tray is open to allow for all wiring from the PSU to get to the upper shelf easily. In the back there are two expansion slots, and cards that fill them can be 255mm and still fit inside the chassis. The front is also cut away to allow you to fiddle with fitting 285mm worth of card, if the 200mm fan is not used. The other specification that will lead to many wanting to use an AIO is that the CPU height restriction is 120mm from the motherboard to the top panel.
Cooling options are pretty limited inside of this chassis as far as locations are concerned, but this is a very small chassis to fit many fans into. The front allows for the stock 200mm fan to be installed, but also offers mounting for a single 140mm or 120mm fan. With the room between the front of the chassis and the motherboard tray, AIOs with standard 27mm thick radiators will pose little issue installing here. The other option for air flow is to fill the pair of fan locations in the rear of the chassis, but sadly those are 80mm, so adding fans here will likely raise the noise level of this chassis as well.
Finding a Core V1 for your very own is pretty easy at this point, as stock showed up everywhere we looked during our search for its current pricing. This is where things get even better for the Core V1 in our opinion. While some locations are asking the moon for one of these cases with near $90 pricing plus shipping, currently, this chassis can be had for much less of an investment. At first, we thought the deal at Newegg was pretty good at $49 with $5.99 more needed for shipping.
However, when we looked over at Amazon, we found the current pricing to be set at only $40.99 with $8.99 for shipping, saving a couple more dollars yet. For this sort of an investment, the Core V1 would have to be a serious failure to not attract tons of customers, and we already know that isn't the case with the Core V1. For this price, it certainly is impressive.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Core V1 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 V1 retails for $40.99 at Amazon.