Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
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When it comes to selecting a case, Thermaltake cases are always among the considerations. With good reason too, as Thermaltake's offerings are of great quality, generally rate very highly, and often receive OCC Gold awards. The Armor Series, in particular, has been extremely popular with enthusiasts. Just three weeks ago, airman reviewed the Armor A90, giving it an OCC Gold award for its good looks, great performance, and durability. At Computex, Thermaltake showed off the A90's younger brothers, the Armor A60 and Armor A30.
The Armor A60 is basically a smaller version of the Armor A90, but with one key new feature - a SideClick EasySwap 3.5" drive bay. Essentially, the A60 provides you with a hot-swappable SATA drive bay on the side. In addition to that, there are five other internal drive bays for 3.5" or 2.5" drives, as well as three 5.25" and one 3.5" external drive bays. When it comes to fans, Thermaltake includes one 120mm blue LED fan in the front for intake with the option of adding a 120mm or 200mm fan, one 120mm TurboFan in the rear for exhaust, and one 200mm blue LED fan on the top for exhaust with the option of removing that and installing two 120mm fans instead. You can also add optional 120mm fans on the bottom and the side (one each) for additional intake. The front panel includes one USB3.0 port, one USB2.0 port, one eSATA port, and headphone and microphone jacks. The A60 supports Micro ATX and Standard ATX and has a small window on the side panel showing off the CPU cooler.
The Armor A30 is one of Thermaltake's more unique Armor offerings, measuring in at 265mm (H) x 280mm (W) x 460mm (D). The A30 supports Micro ATX and Mini ITX, but due to its depth, large graphics cards like the HD 5970 can be installed. There are two 5.25" drive bays, three 3.5" drive bays, and two 2.5" drive bays. It comes with one 90mm blue LED fan in the front for intake, two 60mm fans in the back for exhaust, with room for a third, and one 230mm silent fan on the top for additional exhaust. The chassis is also fully modular, allowing each component to be removed from the body for easier installation. Lastly, there is a uniquely-shaped window on the side panel that provides a nice view of your CPU cooler, adjacent to a hexagonal mesh area, and on the bottom-left of the front panel, there is one USB3.0 port, one USB2.0 port, one eSATA port, and headphone and microphone jacks.
Thermaltake also showed off special edition cases at Computex. The Armor A90 and Armor A60 get AMD Editions - red trim on the front, red LED fans, and an AMD LEO logo on the side panel. Ever the equal opportunity manufacturer, there's also the Element V NVIDIA Edition, featuring a green trim, NVIDIA logo, and a fan duct system for Tri SLI or Quad SLI. Lastly, there's the Level 10 Spray Paint Edition, featuring "custom ferocious fire coating."
Thermaltake's other unveiling was a preview of its concept CPU cooler called Jing, which is Chinese for calm or quiet. The heat sink has an aluminum and copper base with five 6mm heatpipes and aluminum fins, measuring in at 131mm (L) x 123mm (W) x 162mm (H). Jing features two silent 120mm VR fans that spin between 800 and 1300 RPM. One fan pushes air into the heat sink, while the other draws the air out. Jing comes with an all-in-one back-plate with universal socket support.
The other CPU cooler Thermaltake was showing off was the recently released Frio. Ccokeman reviewed this CPU cooler last month, so you can find all the information in that review.