With all the customizable options in this larger-than-normal full-tower chassis, Thermaltake has really stepped out of the usual shoes and was sporting new kicks when this design hit the table. This, at first glance, is not the typical thing we would expect from them either, and if it were not for that one last remnant of the light blue trays on the inside, this design is completely new and worthy of a serious amount of contemplation when looking for your next full-tower. I do get that the trays do go with the LED lighting offered by the trio of 200mm fans, but we would have liked to have seen black trays, or maybe red, to go with all their air coolers and company colors, but that is the one and only thing that I can find any issue with in this design.
The build went as expected with no issues to report for fit or final installation. Cooling out of the box is not spectacular, but it still allowed us to get average thermal results inside of the Core V71. With 200mm fans, it is more the sheer amount of air that is being moved rather than actual force of that airflow, but with this design, I can see these fans coming out and going right to the bin with the box on day one. Why? Because this is designed to maximize water cooling options as well. We also like that while NZXT completely eliminated the ODD bays, Thermaltake goes the other way with it and delivers a chassis in which one ODD is removable and the other is outside of the normal frame and can still be used. This in effect offers the best of both world's for those with vast dreams of water cooling that still need room for the ODD.
To hit on the subject, when the drive cages are fully removed, the chassis does lose a bit of structural integrity if left wide open like we showed it off. The support rail, as we called it earlier, is a completely separate entity to the HDD cages and can easily be reinstalled without the cages to give the chassis the rigidity it had when we opened the chassis the first time. So, even if the way we used it showed a slight weakness, Thermaltake has designed it to account for that, so we can't deduct points or anything due to our specific choices.
In the end of it all, there really is no hard factual reason to not like this design. Thermaltake has definitely shown a new and much better direction with this chassis at the basic level. Additionally, you have all the easy controls at the top for controlling fan speeds or disabling the LED lights for a full night's rest and the sleek and stylish look of the mesh front and top with a huge side window to enjoy the fruits of your labor; there isn't much left to put into this chassis, and Thermaltake really covered all the angles here.
The Thermaltake Core V71 may cost a bit more than the $100 to $150 range that most buyers are comfortable with buying, but this chassis, for its price, is packed with options and features, has a look that not many other cases can offer, and is one of the most well thought out cases we have seen from Thermaltake in quite some time. At this point, we just hope this spawns a new direction for their cases. We hope to see more to come as they advance and surprise us with an evolution of this design, because after looking at the Core V71 and what it offers all potential buyers, we have a feeling these are going to fly off the shelves.
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