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Thermaltake Core V71: Closer Look
Removing the side panels presented no issues. The design is such that the panels slide into the front and acts like a hinge. This is a great design choice and makes installing and removing the panels a cinch, unlike so many other chassis that need to be aligned just right for the panel to lock in place and has always been an annoyance to deal with; these will have you wishing every chassis was setup this way.
The Thermaltake tool-less design is effective and easy to figure out. The 5.25" bays have a simple lock-in mechanism, which has a latch that is pressed and held while installing the drive. The hard drive 3.5" bays have cross support for either a standard drive or a 2.5", which is becoming necessary with SSD drive sales going up as prices go down per gigabyte. The lock requires you to release the latch by pressing on the left side and releasing, then simply pulling the drive bay out. Installing a 3.5" hard drive is also simple and uses a tool-less method where the drives are held in place by plastic-pins on each side.
Behind the tray is 20mm of space with a few extra millimeters that can be added with the inclusion of the extruded side panel. This is great and after reviewing enough chassis, I believe 20mm is the magic number between not enough to fit bulky wires and wasted space. I am glad to see the V71 hit the mark by using potential real estate for other things in the chassis like larger CPU coolers or radiators on the other side.
With the lights off the chassis looks spectacular! Once again Thermaltake is another company that goes all in and follows through with its promises. The way the front fans are set up it allows for the window to have a nice blue glow and good lighting inside for anyone taking a peak. That said, the fans' LEDs can be turned off via the I/O panel on the top, which is a great addition and something that is a bit of a mystery considering the fans have only the standard 3-pin connection headers. I'm not an electrical technician, but I would have figured the fans would turn off if the 12v line is supplying power to both the fan motor and LEDs. Maybe someone can shed some light (pun intended) in the subject and teach me a thing or two. With all jokes aside I'm guessing the tachometer signal is replaced with something for the LEDs.
With everything assembled you can see the potential for an ultra clean look. Because the parts are not permanent in the review build and this chassis, I only allowed myself to lightly clean up the wires like I do for each build. If this was my main computer I would have braided power cables installed and zip-tied all the extra cables off neatly behind the tray. Even without doing that extra work the chassis still gives that clean aesthetic appeal that comes with time and discipline. As for installation issues, I had none other than the fact you have to remove the hard drive cages before installing the motherboard, but only a minor issue. Otherwise installation of the components was easy and had a good amount of space to work with.
If you look close enough you'll notice a power supply and CPU cooler also made by Thermaltake. I hope the R&D guys keep up the good work and maybe one of these day Thermaltake will make a motherboard or video card, and then we can really be rocking. Oh, and don't mind my hand print on the top of the chassis. It's really heavy to pick up, weighing around 50 pounds with everything installed. I should have looked at the pictures before dissassembling everything.