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Thermaltake Core V71 Review

hornybluecow    -   April 17, 2014
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Thermaltake Core V71: Closer Look

Normally a chassis does not require a page dedicated to all its extra features, but this time I felt it was necessary. Thermaltake has made it very clear on its box, website, and manual that a big selling point is the assortment of water cooling and fan support. First let's start with the basics, which are the removable hard drive cages. Removing the top cage was easy enough, but it does have six thumb screws holding it from the side and the back. The hard drive cages can also be arranged in any way you please. The front bar will have to be removed for a 360mm or larger radiator to be installed on top. This can pose an issue if you have more than one bay filled because of the weight. Luckily Thermaltake already thought this one out.

 

As I was talking about before, if you have to remove the front bar the hard drive cages may become too heavy if completely filled and break the thumb screws. While this is unlikely, if you are concerned Thermaltake allows for up to two drives on the back. Installation was a little strange and I had to look at the manual to make sure it was right. Basically there are two hooks on the bottom and a latch on top of the chassis itself. To install, put the bay down on the hooks, than press the latch down to slide the bay over and release. Oh, and don't forget to move the wires or it will be a bit of a struggle. After the first time, it became easy to install again. I suggest just looking at the manual if you are lost.

 

Here you have it! At fist glance you'll notice two 360mm radiators installed and loads of other potential arrangements. It can get a little complicated, but I put a chart below to make it easier to see what can and cannot be installed. First let me talk about what is not possible and work backwards. The V71 is a little strange on its fan setup and only allows for up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm, so when using a 420mm radiator only two can be installed. On top of this, the radiator is closer to the motherboard and may not clear the VRM heat sinks, so be aware when using a thick radiator.

The good news for Thermaltake is that both 240 and 360mm radiators are further out, which allows for thick radiators to be installed (like pictured below with an XSPC RX360). The combinations are nearly endless with the ability to install a front radiator. Installing either the front or top was easy and posed little to no problems for me. At first I thought a 460mm radiator could fit and sat staring at the chassis for a bit until I realized it listed 420mm instead. This made a bit more sense as 460mm would be insane and completely overkill no matter what configuration you had.

Lastly, I noticed Thermaltake had a few promotional images showing the radiator fans inside while leaving the 200mm fans on the outside. At first I thought it was a silly idea, but once again Thermaltake surprised me with all the possible options and with so much interior space, you can have a field day coming up with original ideas on a water cooling setup. Not everyone wants to give up the extra airflow or blue lights for a radiator and with the extra space, there is no need.

I had lots of fun trying out different arrangements and I think I'm settling on dual 320mm radiators pictured below for my next build. It's been a few years since my last water cooling setup and I'm itching to bring out the works and go all in. I'm thinking waterblocks for the motherboard, RAM, video card(s), CPU, and everything else that creates heat. On top of being great for strictly air cooling, this chassis has everything one could ask for, except maybe for a larger radiator for us extreme enthusiast

 

Radiator Compatibility:

 

 
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  1. Thermaltake Core V71: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Core V71: The Case
  3. Thermaltake Core V71: Working Components
  4. Thermaltake Core V71: Advanced Features
  5. Thermaltake Core V71: Specifications & Features
  6. Thermaltake Core V71: Testing: Setup & Results
  7. Thermaltake Core V71: Conclusion
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