Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The chassis we are about to see may be the last of its kind, that is unless Thermaltake stays in line with someone who has since left the company, and was a huge part in making many of the largely successful cases is known for as of late. For those that follow the case market, there had been a defined shift in what Thermaltake had been producing in their high-end cases, outside of the Level 10 series, and great strides have been made in this time to deliver cases which were not only pretty darn impressive but trendsetting as well. Of course, Thermaltake can continue to follow in their previous footsteps for a few more years, building off of these designs, but at some point in time, that formula will no longer hold up to the test of time. Without a key part of the team that made these cases a reality, while we hope all the best for Thermaltake, they may not have an answer up their sleeves for cases of this caliber.
In this latest design, Thermaltake delivers a chassis which is strong as an ox, they enveloped it with tempered glass panels in a clean and sleek manner, and they also developed quite a few user-friendly features which will draw many potential customers to their door. Modularity is key in such a design, and a vast openness for additional cooling options, which is enough on its own to get many excited for this chassis. However, there is still one more trick up Thermaltake's sleeves, where they are giving the customers the option to connect the video cards directly to the motherboard as one would expect. Or, with a bracket supplied in the case, you can install the video card vertically, exposing the fans or the water block to the left side of the chassis. This feature is not new, we have seen it in many Thermaltake cases, but there is one major difference to this option, which we have not seen Thermaltake do to its customers in the past.
Sit down and strap in, as we are about to take you on the journey that is the Thermaltake View 71 TG. Do note, that there are two versions of this design. One of them sports solid color Riing fans, while another sticks to the RGB trend, using Riing RGB fans pre-installed into the chassis. Outside of that one difference, everything about these cases is identical in every way, and it is highly likely that this chassis is one of, if not the best mainstream Thermaltake chassis to hit the market. That being said, we have much to cover and point out along the way, so let's dive right in and see just what the View 71 TG has in store for us.
The View 71 TG that we received is also known as the CA1I7-00F1WN-00, whereas the RGB version ends in 01, and both are considered full-tower options. Dimensionally the View 71 TG is huge, measuring in at 592mm tall, 274mm of width, it has 577mm of depth, and these measurements include the glass panels as well as the mounting screws for them. All told, this beast weighs in at 41.66 pounds, and once parts are installed, the weight can easily exceed 60 pounds. All told, there is four tempered glass panels, and not the wimpy chemically treated type. These are 5mm thick heat treated tempered glass panels found on the front, both sides, as well as on the top. The rest of the chassis is comprised of ABS plastic components as well as a steel frame, all of which has been painted black.
In and around the chassis, we are given ten expansion slots to start things off. Eight of them are lined up in the typical fashion, while two more allow for the vertical GPU orientation option. Motherboards which will fit inside of the View 71 includes, Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even E-ATX ones, with no funky bumps or extruded metal to block the right-side access to the motherboard. The front I/O has a power and reset button, but along with them, there is a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and HD Audio jacks, all of which have rubber dust covers installed in them. Thermaltake also mentions the restrictions, or clearances, as they are not restrictive to the majority of users. CPU coolers can be 190mm tall, video cards could be blocked by the HDD bays, limiting the length to 310mm, but without them, there is 410mm of room in the case. The PSU is only limited if you choose to use a fan on the floor of the case, and even if doing so, the PSU can be 220mm long. What we do not see is a mention of how many bays are in this design. For starters, there are no 5.25" bays. For storage, we find a cage in the interior capable of holding either four 3.5" drives or four 2.5" drives. Behind the motherboard tray, there are an additional three trays. These trays will hold a single 3.5" drive on each, or they can be used for a pair of 2.5" drives on each tray too.
Cooling options are robust in this design. The front of the View 71 TG can house three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. The top of the case can hold three of either 120mm or 140mm fans. The back of the case will hold a single 120mm or 140mm fan, while the bottom is set to allow for up to a pair of 120mm fans to be placed there. As for radiator support, the front, as well as the top of the case, are capable of housing 360mm or 420mm radiators. The rear of the case can support a single radiator in 120mm or 140mm sizes, the bottom can hold a 240mm radiator, but we also see that once the HDD cage is removed, you can also use the bay wall to support a 360mm or 420mm radiator on the same plane as the motherboard.
As we looked at the Thermaltake store for pricing information, we find that the chassis we are showing you today is listed at $169.99, and the RGB upgraded version is priced at $199.99. However, as we shop the major e-tailers out there, we ran across something very odd. While the price for the View 71 TG RGB stays the same at $199.99, no matter where we looked, the standard versions prices are all over the place. At Amazon, with Thermaltake listed as the seller, we see the chassis listed at $207.27, plus shipping for those who are not Prime members. When looking at Newegg, it gets even worse, as the price for this chassis there is currently listed at a whopping $245.87, but to ease the pain a bit, shipping is free here. At this point, all we can say is that the chassis is worth the MSRP set by Thermaltake, and if you do not want the RGB version, but the View 71 TG direct from Thermaltake right now, as there is a bit of price gouging going on with the big players in the market.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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