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Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition Quad FX Case Review

Former staff writer    -   September 25, 2007
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When you purchase anything, most times the reason for that purchase is based on an informed decision. How informed are we though? With commercials hyping up products and manufacturers specifications right in front of you most of the time, without even digging deeper for information, we purchase a product because we believe what we are told.

Why do you purchase a computer case, fans, water-cooling systems and other components? Of course it would be to protect your components, to cool your components and to receive the maximum performance for your hard earned money. Or are you an impulse buyer? Just because something looks good and one or two friends recommend it, you make that purchase and believe you will get exactly what you expect because of that impulse.

Evidently you are not an impulse buyer and you must want to be informed before you make a purchase, or you wouldn’t be reading this review. With this in mind, let’s go over a few details. So far I’ve shown you what the case looks like, what components it comes with, and even its specifications and features. Just like any other review, you are now in anticipation about how the case will test out. Why? Considering this is a liquid cooled system, you’ll be focused on temperatures, specifically the temperatures of your CPU, maybe system temperature and why not throw in video card and hard drive temps too? For the rest, you will probably rely on the specifications and features you just read.

Is this enough? Maybe. I have written many reviews and have purchased a multitude of products and have always taken for granted that if a manufacturer or commercial leads me to believe a product can do what it states, then I should believe it. Today, we at OCC will be introducing another type of testing to the arsenal: Airflow! The volume of air passing through an area for a given period of time is the airflow. This is commonly calculated by multiplying the air velocity by the cross sectional area through which the air is passing. We all want the maximum airflow around our components to cool them and to maintain a proper balance of air exchange.

So how is this measured? We look at specifications and believe that if a fan says it puts out 113 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), then it does what it says. Sure, maybe in a perfect environment under controlled conditions it will, but how about in the real world? OCC will now test to see if these fans are actually performing at, or close to specified range. When dealing with a case we will also measure what the wind chill (the cooling effect of combined wind and temperature) factor is inside that case, just to see if the air flowing around our components is actually performing as intended.

Nielsen Kellerman has provided OCC with their Kestrel 4100 Pocket Air Flow Tracker to conduct these tests.

Nielsen-Kellerman Company designs, manufactures and distributes waterproof instruments for active lifestyles and technical applications, including Kestrel® Pocket Weather Meters, Interval® Timing Systems and NK Electronics for Rowing and Paddling.

 




  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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