Thermaltake Armor A30 Case ReviewNCC10281982B , ajmatson - June 7, 2011
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All around the Armor A30 there are a number of ventilation holes and mesh made up of a mix of steel and plastics. On the front of the chassis there are several drive bays including two 5.25 and one 3.5 inch bays for your optical drives and fan controllers. There are also the controls and front panel ports which we will take a better look at below. On the rear there is the motherboard backplate cutout, a power supply cutout for a full size ATX power supply, a cable pass through for the USB 3.0 cable, and four expansion slot bays. The Armor A30 uses a windowed side panel on both sides of the chassis so you can show off your carefully selected components when attending your next LAN party. There are also more ventilation holes to keep your high end components nice and cool. The case has some weight to it which shows how sturdy the construction is, coming in just shy of 15 pounds. Despite its form factor it is much larger than most traditional small form factor chassis with dimensions of 18 inches long, 11.5 inches wide and 10.5 inches tall.
The front of the chassis offers a number of options for the needs of any enthusiast. There are two full 5.25 inch bays for your optical drives and even a single 3.5 inch bay for a floppy drive if you still use them, or a fan controller could even be installed for the number of included fans in the Armor A30. On the bottom left of the case there are the ports that the A30 offers. The mix of ports on this case is a blessing as you literally have everything you need including a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, front audio jacks and even an eSATA port for your high speed external devices. To the right of the port are the power button, reset button, and power/HDD LEDs.
On the back of the chassis you can see the huge amount of ventilation that the A30 offers. At the top of the rear panel is the cutout for the full size ATX power supply and the small cable cutout for the USB 3.0 pass-through cable that provides the USB 3.0 support to the front of the chassis. At the bottom there are two 60mm exhaust fans to pull the warm air out of the case which run at 1500RPM, with a noise level of 18dBA, the back panel I/O shield cutout, and the four expansion card slots. The expansion card slots are covered by an access panel. To change out the cards you need to remove the access panel by the thumb screw, then you can access the expansion card screws to remove them. One thing that would have been nice is for this to be a tool less design since this is designed for LAN parties and who wants to carry screw drivers with them to a party. :)
On the bottom of the chassis there are four rubber feet designed to keep your case in place and from sliding around on those crowded LAN party tables. On the top of the chassis is the main cooling fan. It is an exhaust fan and uses a 230mm blue LED fan that operates at 1800RPM and with a noise level of 15dBA. The top is removed easily with a few thumbscrews and slide right off giving you full access into the inside of the chassis.
Now that we have the top removed we can get into the inside and see what really makes the Armor A30 work.