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Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition Quad FX Case Review

Former staff writer    -   September 25, 2007
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Conclusion:

Compared to the Kandalf LCS that I reviewed, this case weighs about half as much, so there is no need to worry about breaking your back trying to move it; a good estimate, fully loaded, would be about 40 pounds. I’m not too impressed with the noise level; although the case is not extremely loud, the two air channels produce a loud hum. I did move the cones farther away from the heatsinks, but it did not seem to deaden the noise. Don’t worry though; it’s not half as loud as a Vantec Tornado.

Installation was simple and the tool-less insertion cut my time to install all my drives to about 45 seconds (I do this stuff a lot).  As I mentioned earlier, the Kandalf and the Armor are the exact same chassis, the only difference being the Armor Case does not have a front door which allows it to pull more air in through the mesh drive bays. Depending on the size of your PSU, you may not be able to use the retention bracket that is supplied. It is made to be used with a standard-sized PSU and this is why, for installation purposes, I used the OCZ PSU instead of the Mushkin, so I could show the bracket. Even without the bracket the PSU is stable once it is screwed in. If you are using a non standard size PSU, you will need to unscrew the External USB/Firewire header in order to install it. You might be asking what the finished product looks like. Look below and enjoy!

 

 

Pros:

  • Not as heavy as you would think
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 2 Channel Intakes for the Dual CPU's
  • Top Mounted USB, Firewire and Headphone Inputs
  • Tool-less Installation
  • Plenty of Room for Expansion
  • Extra Hard Drive Bay (Top Mounted)

 

Cons:

  • Channel Intakes make the system a little loud
  • Top Mounted USB/Firewire Header needs to be removed and replaced to accommodate installation of large PSU
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued (The Case)
  3. Closer Look Continued (Working Components)
  4. Installation
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Testing Continued (Temperatures)
  8. Testing Continued (Motherboard and CPU)
  9. Testing Continued (Case Temperatures)
  10. Testing Continued (Air Flow)
  11. Testing Continued (Inside Air Flow)
  12. Conclusion
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