Thermaltake Core V71 Reviewhornybluecow - April 17, 2014
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Thermaltake Core V71: Closer Look
Taking off both the top and front panel was as easy as one could ask for and this is how they all should be, in my opinion. To remove either panel grab it from the bottom or back and lightly tug. Simple and effective, which brings me to the question of why has this been so hard to come by lately? On top of that, Thermaltake goes the extra mile and includes 200mm blue LED fans that are connected and controlled via the front I/O panel. These fans can be set to low (600 RPM) or high (800 RPM), and the blue LEDs can be turned off from a button on the I/O panel.
In the pictures below, the I/O ports are neatly aligned on both sides with the power button in the middle. As I stated before, this layout helps sell the clean and functional design the Core V71 has going for it. Now looking at the ports, the left side has the reset, fan speed, and fan light buttons, which are essential to the chassis to be effective and functional. The right side has the standard USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and audio jacks that all chassis are expected to have in 2014. Pulling off the top panel, underneath you can see two PCB boards for each side and clean wires that were assembled with care, zip-tied and everything.
With the top panel removed you can see the the PCB; raise it and the space can be used as a 5.25" bay. To keep it in place requires the bay drive to be screwed in place as there is no locking mechanism. If you were hoping to install a third 140mm fan you would be out of luck. Alternatively a modder could easily remove the PCB as it's held by screws instead of rivets. Officially the V71 does not support three 140mm fans, just to be clear.
Inside the chassis is the standard manual, bag with screws, and zip-ties. A bit surprising was the inclusion of an 8-pin CPU extension cable that Thermaltake provided. This is great if your power supply cables aren't long enough for the large chassis. It's happened to me often enough that I have a spare extension cable handy when installing in a large chassis. The common source of the problem, generally, is that power supplies tend to have shorter cables when marketing towards lower wattage. Not everyone needs a 1000 watt power supply in a full tower, sometimes 500-600 watts is enough if you're just running one video card, and this is where the extension cable shines.
The manual itself is decent enough and had all the information, along with radiator and fan support information. I would like to thank Thermaltake for taking the time to include a very detailed illustration of what can come out and what is supported for installation. This is essential for any enthusiast chassis that has the ability to transform and be customized as the users like.