Thermaltake Armor A30 Case ReviewNCC10281982B , ajmatson - June 7, 2011
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The Thermaltake Armor A30 case should be in a class of its own. The number of features packed into that small of a chassis is amazing. Not only can it accommodate up to a generous mATX motherboard, but you can also squeeze in a full size graphics card as well. Now, how many LAN party attendees do you know will show up with a small form factor system packing that much fire power? The Armor A30 has space for up to three 3.5 inch hard drives, as well as the hidden compartments for up to two 2.5 inch hard drives. You can also place dual optical drives or other accessory controllers in the two 5.25 inch bays, and these are not the slim style you see on most small form factor cases. Cooling on the A30 is quite efficient as well with the included 230mm, 90mm, and dual 60mm fans. When in full operation they run fairly silent so you will not be interrupted on your all night frag fest. The fans on the front and the top have a cool blue glow on them so you can show off your system with the blue haze showing through the clear side panels allowing the crowd to ohhh and ahhhh.
One thing I really liked seeing on the Armor A30 is the USB 3.0 pass-through port. I have become a firm user of USB 3.0 devices including my Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 USB 3.0 drive and my Patriot SuperSonic 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive so I do not have to reach all the way around to the rear of the case when transferring game files at my LAN parties. The one thing I did have an issue with however; is the problem with a full size graphics card not fitting with some motherboards. If your motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot that is not the first slot on the board such as with my Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H, then you may have a problem getting the card to fit. I tried both the XFX Radeon HD 6970 and NVidia GeForce GTX 260, neither of which would fit, hitting on the front 3.5 inch bay support brackets.
All in all, even with the graphics card issue, this case is a dream to build with. There is plenty of space for some of today’s high-end components and as long as you hand pick the parts that you know will fit. Then you can have a small unstoppable machine for your next all night frag fest at your local LAN party. One thing that I would have liked to have seen included with this chassis is some sort of carrying strap. Being marketed as ideal for LAN parties, it is quite heavy especially with all of the components inside and can make carrying it awkward and back breaking. But even so, if you are looking for a great high end small form factor case, then I would highly recommend taking a look at the Thermaltake Armor A30 chassis for your next build.
- Sturdy small form factor design great for LAN parties
- USB 3.0 front port
- Number of included cooling fans
- Sleek bulletproof armor design
- Large graphics card support depends on motherboard PCIe placement.
- No carrying strap even though it is marketed as a compact size ideal for LAN Party events.