Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Thermaltake is a company that needs absolutely no introductions, as it seems they have been in the game as long as there has been a game to be in. For some reason, when Thermaltake started, they were always viewed as a lower tier company, which is likely due to being tied to some lame brick and mortar stores in that timeframe. However, Thermaltake has always been on the ball, delivering at least one product from every lineup that was a huge hit - insert things like the Sword M, or any of the original Orb series CPU coolers. In our time as reviewers, we seen major changes in Thermaltake's team members that have led to a very forward thinking design team. Moreover, Thermaltake has definitely shaken off much, if not all of the old stereotypes associated with the Thermaltake name, and has become a brand that everyone now wants a part of to use in their day-to-day life.
Of course, we could sit here and list all of the products that fit the bill for our statement above - like the introduction of the Level 10 series of products, or any of their latest series additions for that matter - but if we did then we would be here forever. So instead, let's simplify things, and just stick with the Core series cases we were introduced to on our last trip to CES. When we saw the design then, we were impressed to see the direction taken in chassis design. Thermaltake was ready to begin pulling ahead of other chassis manufacturers with this new series. Rather than letting designs get stale and trying to beat a dead horse, the team at Thermaltake is always trying to improve upon their ideas, as was obviously seen in the Core V71 we rated so highly.
That brings us to the reason we have you here today. We had no issues with the Core V71, and there was plenty of hardware to fill it and the room to house it; in our opinion, there was no real conceivable reason not to own one. Then we realized that not everyone has the room or desire to employ a full-tower chassis in their rooms. So, for those of you who love trying to fit as much gear as physically possible into a smaller design, Thermaltake has you covered. The design we are reviewing today has almost all of the same design elements, aesthetics, and even the same level of customizability, only this time it's all wrapped up into a mid-tower design. Now, allow us to formally introduce the design in question, the Core V41, an awesome, more traditionally styled, mid-tower chassis.
As the chart below shows us, we are dealing with the Core V41, a mid-tower chassis that stands just over twenty inches in height, and weighs 17.6 pounds while empty. The Core V41 offers a large side panel window, and the rest of the exterior is comprised of black painted SPCC steel, and various components made of black ABS plastic. Of course, this design also incorporates the entire front bezel with the small, round-holed mesh, and it keeps that same traditional feel on the outside.
On the inside, we find two removable 5.25" drive bays, with six 3.5" drive bays in removable cages below. The motherboard tray will house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards, has a large access hole, and also offers wire management holes, but this time there are no grommets in any of them. On the floor, there are no limitations to the PSU length; however, the CPU cooler has a 170mm limitation, and the GPUs are limited to 275mm if the HDD cages are left in place. At the back of the chassis, we find plenty of passive ventilation, as well as eight expansion slots.
For a mid-tower chassis, Thermaltake has really topped off the cooling capabilities. As far as fans are concerned, the front will hold a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans. The top has room for three 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans, and even a pair of 200mm fans, if that is what you are after. That just leaves us with the floor of the chassis, and as shipped, it will house a single 120mm fan, but after removing the drive cages, there will be room for two of them. As for the radiator support, it follows the fans in all locations. The front will house a 240mm or 280mm radiator. The top will hold a 360mm radiator, or a 280mm radiator. You can stuff a single 120mm radiator in the back of the chassis, and the floor still offers room for a 120mm or 240mm radiator as well.
As usual, we shopped around online to locate the best price. Oddly enough, Amazon has every other chassis that Thermaltake has made, but does not show the Core V41 in any fashion, so off to other locations we went. Looking at multiple locations, it seems that the current going rate to obtain the Core V41 is $89.99, and most listings also require a bit more for shipping. We like that while making the choice to go from the much larger Core V71 to this more manageable Core V41 mid-tower, you are also saving $30. Compared to the rest of the mid-tower market, $89.99 is less than that magic $100 mark; and as you will soon see, the Core V41 is well worth the cost.
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