With the design of the Core V41, you really don't lose much of anything from its much larger brother. Of course, there are a couple less hard drive trays, but did you seriously need eight of them anyway? However, there is the modularity, allowing you to completely strip or reconfigure the layout to the bays. This time, since there are a few less bays in the layout, Thermaltake tries to make up for it by allowing the ODD bays to be repurposed with adapters. So, you really don't lose out at all in the end.
As it ships, we found no issues with fit or room, even with a longer than standard VGA involved, and a 360mm AIO thrown into the mix. What really helps in this design is the love given to the top of the chassis. Multiple trails and various locations of holes allow you to use any form of water cooling within the limitations, no matter the maker, and even more importantly, it keeps everything far from the motherboard, and any clearance issues.
While the air flow inside of the chassis is limited as it ships, we still had lower than average thermals due to our choice in CPU cooling. As for the video card though, it was a touch warmer than usual since the HDD cages block most of the intake fan's air flow. Of course, the idea here is to allow the user to reconfigure the cooling and interior to allow just enough to hold your gear, while opening the air flow and improving upon it with your own personal choice of cooling. As a result, we cannot really fault Thermaltake too much for that.
We also really liked the fact that outside of the AIO installation, we installed all of our gear with just seventeen screws; everything else either uses removable thumbscrews like the bays and expansion slots, or they have captured thumbscrews that unscrew, but are not removable. This is all to help speed things up and make the build process as easy as possible, while still keeping a firm grip on everything, leaving you with a very solid and structurally sound chassis, even when gutted.
Considering all of the water cooling options, the modular bays and adapter trays, the customizable layout, the sleek, yet chunky looking design similar to the Core V71, and the pricing below $100, it is hard to deny Thermaltake their dues with the Core V41. Against the entire market, this is a very feature packed mid-tower, and for $89.99, it offers a lot of bang for your buck. The mid-tower market is truly flooded with offers, and with companies having to take everything to the next level to appeal to the customers, we get to sit back and reap all of the benefits. The Core V41 is surely in our top five of all mid-towers we have ever seen, and that is really saying something.
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||97%|
The Bottom Line: Thermaltake proves they are at the top of their game with the Core V51. They deliver a mid-tower with all of the functionality, customizability, and modularity at a great cost that we have come to expect today.
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