The Thermaltake Core V71 is a premium grade product, so it can be quite expensive and most retailers have it listen in the region of £130 here in the UK and around $169.99 in the US. At time of writing there was a good deal at Scan.co.uk for £106 + shipping, which for a chassis of this specification is a great deal, even at full retail price is very competitive when compared with similar priced offerings from Coolermaster, Corsair, NZXT and many more.
Thermaltake have once again gone all out with their latest chassis; component support is incredibly high in the Core V71 and for those looking to invest in a high-end gaming rig, the cavernous interior is going make easy work of any high-end graphics cards, motherboards and more. The biggest factor is of course the cooling support, with extreme performance graphics cards and CPUs requiring significant air flow to help keep them cool, the more fan and radiator mounts you have to work with, the better. Obviously the Core V71 has a lot of support for a wide range of fan and radiator configurations and even if you’re not interested in saturating the chassis with a complicated custom loop cooling system, you’re still going to benefit from the 1 x 140mm and 3 x 200mm fans which come pre-installed.
Build quality is rock solid throughout, from the metal work on the front and top panel mesh, to the removable drive bay array. Everything feels robust, nothing rattles, nothing squeaks and all this is very important as when you’re loading your rig up with 50KG of radiators and water equipment, you want it to be able to withstand the weight. I’m confident that the V71 would survive more than a few knocks and bumps without too much issue.
The case is packed full of features that add value for money, the pre-installed fans, a built-in fan controller, every intake is filtered with high-quality, easily accessible and washable dust filters, a massive side panel window, rubber grommets on the cable routing and more. The price may creep into three figures, but you’re certainly getting a lot back for your money.
The design is pretty bulky, but it has to be to accommodate such large components. I’m not 100% a fan of the external design as I prefer a sleeker look, but it’s certainly far from being ugly; all subjective of course. The case also seems very mod friendly, large panels that are easy to work with, bays that are easily removed and loads of extra space will certainly prove popular with those who like to create custom builds.
“There are lots of great chassis out there for high-end gaming rigs, but few can offer this level of cooling support in this form factor or this price range. The price may seem high, but compared to rival offerings it’s certainly competitive and the Thermaltake Core V71 should be very high on your list of considerations for your next gaming rig.”
- Extensive cooling support
- Four high-quality fans pre-installed
- Fully modular and removable hard drive bays
- Rear hard drive mounts that support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives
- Four large washable dust filters
- Highly competitive price tag
- Durable build quality
- Large side panel window
Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this sample.