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Thermaltake Armor A90 Review

airman    -   May 31, 2010
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Closer Look:

The inside of the case is painted with the same finish as the outside - a matte, durable black finish. A relief that I quickly noticed once opening the case is that there is a heatsink access hole in the motherboard tray. I always spend a lot of time on wire management. Sometimes if I use a heatsink that mounts directly to the motherboard, I'm going to be reluctant to have to redo the wire management just to change a heatsink. Removing the motherboard can be necessary to do this if there is no access hole in the tray. As well as the access hole, another good feeling is the loads of space between the hard drive cage and the edge of the case. This makes a great place to tuck wires in the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close up of the bottom rear of the case shows a clear look at the PSU mounting bracket and intake vent. The metal piece attached at the bottom on top of the vent is used as a stand-off for the PSU, relieving some of the stress on the back plate. It has to be moved for some power supplies, which requires removing two screws underneath the case. The rear left shows the two fans - the 120mm rear exhaust and the 200mm blue LED intake fan on the top. The hard drive cage, capable of housing six 3.5" drives, can be fount bottom front and the three 5.25" external bays can be found at the top front. I will explain the tool-less setup next.

 

 

 

The tool-less mounting system works as a simple hinge with pegs on it that secure the 5.25" devices in place. The hinge clips down and can be unfastened by pulling inward on them. I wanted to provide some extra shots of the large amount of space behind the hard drive cage. This case has some of the most room back here I have seen, and can make wire management much easier.

 

 

 

As you've probably learned, there are three provided fans with this case. The front 120mm clear blue LED front intake and the 120mm rear exhaust fan both run off of 12V and what is labeled to be 0.3A. The rear exhaust uses a 3-pin motherboard header, while the top exhaust uses a 4-pin Molex connector. The 200mm top exhaust fan also has blue LEDs, uses a 4-pin Molex connector, and pulls 12V at a labeled 0.2A. The fans are comfortably quiet and aren't a nuisance.

 

 

 

The headers for the four USB ports, eSATA port, headphone and microphone jack, and the front panel buttons and lights are shown below. The cable length is more than enough by about ten inches.  I just rolled up the excess and stuck it behind the hard drive cages.

 

After getting the computer installed in the Armor A90, I am pleased with the way the case's black color complements the rest of the components. Now that the computer is set up and ready to go, it's almost time to get it tested. The next page will contain manufacturer specifications as well as a compiled list of its features, followed by the test results.




  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing and Setup
  6. Conclusion
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