The View 71 TG is a beast and is well received. We have seen other cases with this many tempered glass panels, and while Corsair did a brilliant job with a similar design, we do feel that Thermaltake takes the top honors with this design. The thumbscrews are not that distracting to the overall aesthetic appeal of the case, and the use of hinges at the back of the side panels is something that everyone can appreciate. The frame is solid, even stripped down to basics, and the modularity of the HDD cage, options drive mounting locations, and the vertical GPU placement is standouts in this design. Taking things even further, we love all of the fan and radiator support options. Five locations to mount radiators, a removable tray at the top to make life easy on us and the use of Riing fans shining through the tempered glass is a fine addition as well. Overall, Thermaltake has won us over with this design and everything it brings to the table.
There are two things which stand out as misses for this chassis though. The first, and most important are the lack of a PCI-e extension cable. In our minds, if you are going to offer a vertical GPU mounting bracket, the buyer should be able to use it without additional costs involved. Suing Tt branded gear, for a Gen. 2 cables you need to add $29.99 at the minimum, and for a Gen. 3 cables the price jumps to $69.99 for the shortest one available. We also feel that filling the front of the chassis with Riing fans is the only logical choice, and to do this, we would have to spend another $18.99 per fan. So to get the full assortment of fans and the most affordable cable Tt offers, you will need to pony up an additional $70 just for it to do what the box makes it look like it should do anyway.
At $169.99 for the version we tested, we do not feel that Thermaltake is reaching too far with the price for all of the things we do get. However, on the flip side of that coin, to make the chassis look like the box shows it, at $230-240, we feel it is too much for many to justify. At $199 for the RGB version, we at least get three fans in the chassis as well as the hub and all the goodies to control them, and we feel that the View 71 TG RGB is the best bang for the buck. Thermaltake is so close to perfection and had they added a couple of fans and the PCI-e cable; they would have gotten a perfect score from us.
Even so, we find no major faults with the View 71 TG. As long as you don't mind putting a decent sized dent in your account for one of the best, tempered glass cases, to go through our labs, we strongly urge you to check out this modular, sleek, and roomy full-tower chassis.
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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The Bottom Line: It is huge, aesthetically pleasing, modular, and comes with plenty of features to please most customers! However, the price, with all of the extras needed to make this a spectacular specimen, will drive many away. We do still love the chassis, and recommend you give the View 71 TG a chance.
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