Thermaltake View 71 TG EATX Case Review

Benchmarks & Final Analysis

Something amazing happened while testing the View 71 TG: It kept our system cool. This in spite of its single intake and single exhaust fan. This in spite of allowing 12 hours for all that glass to heat up. Perhaps Thermaltake’s fans are just that good, or perhaps the design fits our CPU cooler just that well, or perhaps Thermaltake found a better way to get air into and out of the case. This isn’t even about size or fan count, as the smallest case was second coolest, and the one with the most fans was second hottest.

The View 71 TG wasn’t just the coolest, it was also second noisiest of the five comparison models. The Crystal 570X was the odd case out, being both second hottest and noisiest of glass-paneled cases marketed towards high-end gaming enthusiasts.

I can’t make sense of it, but the largest and smallest cases in today’s test took first and second place in cooling-to-noise ratio. The only sound-deadened case took third.

The View 71 TG beats the entire field of competing cases, if only because launch-day price cuts made it the cheapest of these. Yet even the RGB version, which costs $30 more, would have beaten the aesthetically-similar Crystal 570X, Customers of this style of case tend to have very specific ideas concerning aesthetics.

That is to say, if Thermaltake wants its View 71 TG to win the race for market share, it needs to draw customers away from the Crystal 570X. That could have been difficult, considering all the additional stuff the Crystal 570X gave us: extra fans, RGB control, dust filters that are far easier to remove and install, and a power supply shroud to help us hide cables. It was also manufactured to a higher quality standard—we had trouble getting the View 71’s top panel glass back on after pulling it to remove the protective plastic film, because of locator pin misalignment. Several of the holes that held its glass screws were improperly threaded, and one was even drilled crooked. There is no rational explanation we can think of for the View 71 TG to cost more than the Crystal 570X.

At least those aren’t critical defects, in spite of our need to call them out for criticism.

Yet the View 71 TG outperformed the Crystal 570X by such a large margin that we can no longer suggest buyers even consider purchasing that case. If you’re looking for a reason to discount the value of the 570X’s included fans, you can probably pick an RGB-fan liquid cooler and tell yourself you didn’t need the stock fans. Tricking yourself could be worthwhile given the performance treat.

And then there’s the one killer feature that only the Dark Base Pro 900 shared with the View 71 TG: an eighth slot. It doesn’t cost much to add an eighth slot to a case, so we wouldn’t expect the price difference to be large, yet the worth of that slot becomes enormous to anyone seeking to put a graphics card in the bottom slot of their motherboard. Back when 4-way SLI was worthwhile for certain games and many 3-way SLI motherboards used the bottom slot for a third card, I considered this to be the qualifying feature separating true enthusiast gaming cases from the lookalikes. While I can’t completely justify the View 71 TG’s price based on its features and quality, I can at least point to the Dark Base Pro 900 as being the more expensive alternative.

Every time I test a product I look for reasons to give it an award for value or features superiority. The View 71 TG can’t get either of those because of small manufacturing defects and a minor deficit in features-to-price. On the other hand, the View 71 TG managed to outperform its competitors, and that’s at least worth our stamp of approval.

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  • dstarr3
    Okay, I like tempered glass, but this went too far.
  • veiledcas
    The comment about build quality is enough to see me look elsewhere.

    It's not the first time I've heard that about Thermaltakes newer cases either which should give anyone pause for thought.
  • apleming66
    Still love my Level 10 GT Thank you!
  • sillynilly
    I love the hinged glass - great to see that since I have dropped a glass panel before.
  • drwho269
    How many 3.5 hard drives does it fits?
  • JamesSneed
    If they did a version with aluminum top, front and back side piece so the only glass panel shows off the insides, I would think about it. I like how they did the bezels on the front and top that should keep cooling efficient and noise down just not sure I would love showing off the dust bunnies on the filters.
  • Crashman
    2536666 said:
    How many 3.5 hard drives does it fits?

    A total of seven if you have no 2.5" drives. Due to the way those other three are laid out, it made it difficult to document in the features table.
  • Brian_R170
    42 lbs !?!?
  • balearic
    3.5" drives... stupid case
  • Crashman
    1696401 said:
    42 lbs !?!?

    A hair over that. Not recommended for 98-pound-weaklings.
  • elbert
    On one side I dont like glass but the other side a step toward mineral oil cooling tanks. Why didn't they make this a full dip tank case.
  • drwho269
    7 drives? No thank you.
    I got one that fits 10 3.5 drives, 1 optical, 4 2.5 drives plus another 2.5 drive slot.

    Now that's a full tower.
  • dstarr3
    2536666 said:
    7 drives? No thank you. I got one that fits 10 3.5 drives, 1 optical, 4 2.5 drives plus another 2.5 drive slot. Now that's a full tower.


    What case is that?
  • krb1945
    I purchased a 750W thermaltake, one of the gold units, from a regular computer store in the south east and it failed after 6 months. I gave Thermaltake all the pertinate information and a copy of the receipt which clearly showed the vendor and other info and asked for a return authorization from their customer service. They sent me a real nice email telling me... that I had not purchased this from NewEgg or one of their other dealers, and they refused to honor the warranty. Now this PS was a new unit, in a factory sealed box with all the factory information for this PS. I then contacted the store where I purchased this PS, told them what Termaltake had said and they promptly replaced it with a different brand of the same quality. Fortunately for me I found this out with just one part from them, because I manage and repair 150 systems, and I also purchase for a large government agency, and I know the taxpayers would not want me to purchase from a company that does not honor warranties. I know that neither I nor my friends will purchase anything they manufacturer after my personal experience.
  • Rob1C
    drwho269 said:
    Quote:
    "7 drives? No thank you. I got one that fits 10 3.5 drives, 1 optical, 4 2.5 drives plus another 2.5 drive slot. Now that's a full tower."
    dstarr3 said:
    Quote:
    "What case is that?"
    Assuming you're not asking about a different Manufacturer it's the "Core WP100".

    http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Super_Tower_/Core/C_00002803/Core_WP100/Specification.htm
  • krb1945
    Don't make it any bigger than 42 lbs. I still remember the old 180 lb printers that government use to use. They were real spine loaders and not made for weaklings to move.
  • Larmo-Ct
    I have a thermaltake full tower computer that I purchased from iBUYPOWER, four years ago. It has a plastic side panel with a 7(?) inch fan. (Sorry but I'm not comfortable converting inches into millimeters for fans). The system has a 4-1/2 inch, in the rear and front of the case. I also have a Corsair liquid cooler for my CPU. I have EVGA GTX-980ti and 1200 watt PSU. My point is that, with that cooling arrangement. I haven't had any heat problems. I question the need for, and the wisdom of adding a lot glass to a case. Basically, cases that have been available for years, seem to have been fine. Granted liquid cooling can be an important factor. I prefer the cooling system that I have. Rather than a case with a lot of fragile, and heavy glass.
  • AnarchoPrimitiv
    Would have been nice if they had taken this case, aimed at watercooling, and maybe see what thickness radiators would fit in a multi-radiator loop....I specifically came here for that information
  • Crashman
    2164868 said:
    Would have been nice if they had taken this case, aimed at watercooling, and maybe see what thickness radiators would fit in a multi-radiator loop....I specifically came here for that information
    Check "space above motherboard". Now check what it says about 42mm empty space between the front panel and removable drive cage. I guess you didn't read the article?

    The entire space above the motherboard is also above the front-panel radiator space, so you can at least fit a 58mm-thick 420mm radiator on top and a 42mm-thick 360mm radiator on front, given the information provided. Of course you can't find a 58mm radiator, but you could do a 25mm radiator with a fan sandwich, or a 38mm radiator...some consideration of what's available to you must always be made by you.
  • wojda.john
    Did you reach out to the manufacturer to see if the quality issues were a fluke? Have other reviewers seen this as well (I've looked but didn't notice anybody else mention quality problems).

    I've been looking at a new case for a while, and I keep coming back to this one as my top pick, though I won't be doing any of that water cooling stuff (outside of an AiO for the CPU). Minimal, if any overclocking...
  • Crashman
    2540755 said:
    Did you reach out to the manufacturer to see if the quality issues were a fluke? Have other reviewers seen this as well (I've looked but didn't notice anybody else mention quality problems). I've been looking at a new case for a while, and I keep coming back to this one as my top pick, though I won't be doing any of that water cooling stuff (outside of an AiO for the CPU). Minimal, if any overclocking...
    What answer do you think I would get from any manufacturer concerning manufacturing quality? A better question is, what answer would a manufacturer expect me to give if I represented it?

    We only assume that mundane issues are production issues because they usually are, as indicated by buyers. Major flaws on the other hand are typically worked out during production. The business consideration here is "how much money will this cost us", and returns are a major expense.
  • phobicsq
    I just got this case, the RGB one, and no defects at all. Great case and if you're water cooling it is not very noisy at all.
  • lieutenantfrost
    If you are using a large GPU, 1080 etc you will not be able to mount it vertically with a large air cooler. Very disappionting, also no psu shroud? only room for 120's in front? this case should be a step up from view 31 instead it feels rushed
  • Crashman
    322940 said:
    If you are using a large GPU, 1080 etc you will not be able to mount it vertically with a large air cooler. Very disappionting, also no psu shroud? only room for 120's in front? this case should be a step up from view 31 instead it feels rushed


    By vertically you mean within the side bracket? Well considering it doesn't even come with a riser for the side bracket, and those who opt for one will probably have the money to cool the CPU with a radiator, I think most buyers are relatively safe :)