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Pros: -Board is packed to the teeth.
-Loved the integrated liquid pipe with G1/4 ports!
-Core3D audio! (finally fixed the hissing from the G1 Z97)
-plx for 4-way sli/x-fire
-Gorgeous design!

Cons: -Initially did not detect or wanted to boot with my QVL ram. Finally took one stick after multiple attempts
-The bios is the biggest let down, again! I bought the Sniper 5 Z87 a few years back and it was awesome. Z97 G1 had flaky bios and now we have the same silly game with Z170.
-Bios refused to run my QVL ram. After several bios installation, I found one that worked for a bit and then it would crash. Furthermore, this bios borked auto-oc which worked perfectly fine in other versions. I wasn't alone and I know enough that its not the board but the bios.

Other Thoughts: Again, GB has failed mightily with the bios. I saw the same issue with their X99 users in the forums. Its a shame really as this is probably the most beautiful mb I have owned.

For those who want to blame the ram: its G.Skill V series 3000 (Gigabyte QVL), it worked first time and xmp worked immediately on an Asus Rampage V Extreme X99.

If you plan on not oc'ing your ram (even xmp), keep a mild or no oc, and can put up with the flaky bios, find one under $400 as of now. I had to make the difficult decision to stop using mine and go back to an older system for now. Eventually, it was sold as I just could not wait for more bios updates if I'm honest. Going to stick with Asus from now on and drop in a SB Z card for the core3d sound.

Thermaltake Core X9 Black E-ATX Stackable Tt LCS Certified Cube Chassis CA-1D8-00F1WN-00
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -lots of radiator mounting options
-horizontal mb layout
-Not too big
-dual psu mounts
-interchangeable panels to switch sides

Cons: -mb is offset. My cards sit about 2mm off the slot spacing. The tray seems to dip from the front. You would think the beam's that hold the tray are flexing but I did not notice this. As a result, its very hard to secure your graphics cards and attach the locking plate. My biggest fear was damaging my cards. I did prop up the tray a bit to secure it and then let it sit there.
-missing filters in the front. A few more filters would have helped. I'll buy some more to fix this.
-Smaller 5.25 trays would have been ideal for controllers as they would not have interfered with the radiators. I'v part of the wave users no longer needed bulky odd devices and I only ended up w/ a controller as a need to control loud fans (24x). I've seen short trays from other makes for this reason along. TT needs to consider this and will help w/ reducing costs and weight.
-Most annoying, door panels don't line up well and are hard to screw in. You can't push the panels flush as the screw doesn't line up. Once the thumbscrews catch, the panels stick out a bit. Poor quality or bad design? After trying to figure this out (with both sides) the threads have some wear on them. If I try to further address this, I may loose the threads and thus I have left it as is for now. Just turn the screws by hand, the offset of them may damage the threads using tools/screw-drivers.

Other Thoughts: I had a lot of expectations from this case and it has met most all of them. Having owned another TT case recently (V71), I wasn't expecting quality to be up there with more expensive cases. The quality is good but not exceptional for this price bracket. This is not surprising for the price range.

So far, I've seen very few builds that are loaded to the max like mine with this case. So, its great such a case bring this sort of capability to under $200 range. If the issues would have been worked out before buying, i would have gladly paid $200 for this case. As it is now, its still an exceptional product but I would lower the price a bit if TT will not address these shortcomings. A score of a "B" is very deserving. If the panels were better and the mb was not off, it would have been an easy "A" or even an "A+".

Definitely a buy if you need a ton of water cooling potential while not shelling three or four times for custom cube cases. Get em while you can as they're selling out quickly!

Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis, Compatible With Extreme Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B6-00F1WN-00)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Supports 120/140/200mm fans
-Lots of space (remove the hdd cages)
-pull out front and top panels
-dust filters
-easy removable hdd cages (and lots of them!)
-Bottom 5.25 removes very easily.
-Supports lots of radiator options: 360/400/420 for the top or front.
-Lovely design and looks. Not exaggerated and overdone like other cases.

Cons: -***The 200mm fans included are not the same as the retail TT 200mm fan (CL-F016-PL20BU-A 200mm)!!!!*** These fans are wired differently. I compared a retail TT 200mm and discovered this.
-The built in controller is rubbish. It does not support more then three of the stock 200mm fans. Adding additional fans will cause the stock fans to spin slowly, make noises, and the led's will turn off or flash. Since the stock fans are wired differently, it may mess with your fans/leds. I ended up getting an NZXT Mix2 controller (proven reliable in the past).
-The top fan mounting is a mess (honestly a joke tbh) and the front mounts were half thought out. i switched to all 140mm fans and discovered the top had only two places to mount/screw each 140mm fan. I ended up fixing this with a drill. I shouldn't be drilling out "missing" fan holes/slots. The front is also designed for 140mm but I discovered that the top fan doesn't have any mounting points for the top two holes at all. This is due to the fan protruding into the bottom 5.25. A bracket would have been nice. This won't be an issue if you mount a radiator as 10 of 12 screws will be more then enough for even an Alphacool Monsta 420mm radiator.
-Case becomes very flimsy once you remove the hdd cages. Best solution is keep the brace that goes on the side (window panel side). Easy to remove and install so I'll let this one slide TT.

Other Thoughts: This is my first TT case. I've owned quite a few cases in my past, from budget to expensive CaseLabs. At the retail of $149 USD, its hard to justify it with the few shortcomings. I believe most of these could have been addressed and I would have gladly paid msrp. Rebates help ease the pain as does the notion of awesome water cooling if you're experienced in this. I can't forgive the shortcomings as I had high expectations so I'm knocking off two eggs (mainly for the fan differences and the fan mounting holes/slots). If you can find this for ~$100 USD, its not a bad case if you plan to go water. This is more in line with the "Super Tower" triplets (Xigmatek Elysium, Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra, & Enermax Fulmo GT), but its a bit smaller and done a bit better imho.


Chris V.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris V.

Date Joined: 11/14/09

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 12/03/09
  • Last Review: 07/26/16
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