Thermaltake Core X71 puts massive builds behind glass

It seems like there's no love for the regular old ATX mid-tower case these days. Everyone's either going big, or going really small. If you're in the former camp, you've probably already seen Thermaltake's Core X71 case. The original version of that chassis included an acrylic window, but now TT's added a touch of glass to the case.

Measuring 26.7" x 9.8" x 20.1" (or 67cm x 25 cm x 51 cm) and weighing in at almost 28 lbs (12.7 kg), the Core X71 is truly massive. Thermaltake seems to have spent most of that size budget on cooling. The case includes special provisions for pump and reservoir mounting. Once you've got those set up, the case can accept a 480-mm radiator in the front, a 360-mm radiator in the top, and a 360-mm radiator in the bottom compartment. Builders can also stick an extra 140-mm radiator in the rear and another 140-mm radiator in the bottom.

Of course, all of those mounts can be occupied by fans instead. That makes for a grand total of eleven 140-mm fan spots. Owing to the size of the case, Thermaltake offers builders the option to use two enormous 200-mm fans in the front and another pair in the top. Suffice to say that airflow shouldn't be a problem in the Core X71.

Despite the chassis' dimensions, you can only mount five drives in it, in 2.5" or 3.5" sizes. Two spaces are behind the motherboard, while another three come as part of a drive cage that can be mounted in the top or bottom compartments for optimal airflow. Still, that amount of storage (along with an M.2 socket or two) should suffice for the overwhelming majority of use-cases that call for a full-tower case with a tempered glass side-panel.

Thermaltake hasn't revealed the price of the new case, but the original model is on sale today for $139 at Newegg. We'd expect the version with tempered glass to go for a little more than that.

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    • Waco
    • 3 years ago

    Glass is the new plexiglass. I honestly don’t get 99% of the cases on the market these days. Almost all are form over function with massive amounts of wasted space.

      • End User
      • 3 years ago

      I’d take a case with plenty of room to spare over one that crams everything into the smallest space possible.

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        There’s a big difference between usable space and wasted space though.

          • End User
          • 3 years ago

          What you view as wasted space I may view as good airflow.

            • Waco
            • 3 years ago

            Too much space hurts airflow as well…

            • Duct Tape Dude
            • 3 years ago

            Guys I have an idea: we screw our motherboards into the drywall and duct tape the drives and fans to the sides. No wasted space! Great airflow! Cheap!

            • MOSFET
            • 3 years ago

            Thermaltake has a case for that, too. Slightly tidier than drywall screws through your mobo standoff holes.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            OMG full circle.

            I had a PC in a desk drawer once. It was literally just components plugged together and thrown in a drawer with cables fed through the back. Once it shorted on itself so I put some tape on the drive so it wouldn’t short on the board.

            HIGH TECH 1998 BABY.

            • crystall
            • 3 years ago

            Something similar here; with a friend back in my college days we stuffed an Athlon-based system into an Ikea Ilen (this thing [url<]http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=47810[/url<]). Everything fit perfectly and with two compartments we could even do the poor man's version of a multi-chamber case with the motherboard in the upper section and the power supply and drives in the lower one. I'm pretty sure we weren't the only ones with such a setup.

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