Thermaltake VH6000BWS Armor+ Reviewajmatson - May 27, 2008
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Looking to the innards of the Thermaltake Armor+, there are a whopping seven 5.25" bays to house all of your optical drives and fan controllers. The top two bays are where the Liquid Cooling System is stored, if you buy the LCS version. Below the 5.25" bays there are five 3.5" hard drive bays. All of the 5.25" bays have a tool-less design for adding and removing devices. The hard drives are stored in a removable hard drive cage, which makes it easy to add and swap drives. The plastic cages also cut down on vibration from the hard drives rattling against the metal parts of the case. In addition to the five hard drive bays in the front of the case, there are two more bays at the bottom of the case for additional drive placement. These two bays can also be removed and replaced by two 120mm or 140mm fans, or even a liquid cooling radiator.
Looking towards the back of the case, there are 10 PCI slots, all with a screw-less design for adding expansion cards or USB and/or eSATA brackets. This tool-less design works great, but it does take some time to make things secure. Above the expansion slots is a 120mm Thermaltake exhaust fan that draws hot air from your components and pushes it out the back. The power supply bay for the Armor+ is in the traditional top/rear spot. Thermaltake knows that current power supplies are getting longer and heavier, so they have included an adjustable PSU support brace to help keep the power supply in place.
One thing I always look for in a case is a removable motherboard tray, since I am constantly switching components; Thermaltake has included this feature, proving they know how important it is to enthusiasts. In the Armor+, the whole tray slides out for easy installation of components, and then slides right back in. Thermaltake has also included cutouts on the motherboard tray, so you can better route your cables, improve airflow, and keep your system tidy.
Also included with the Thermaltake Armor+ are a 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter for floppy drives or other small drives, a handy tool storage compartment which is housed in one of the 5.25" bays, a swappable fan bracket that attaches to the side of the hard drive cage to provide additional cooling for video cards, and the hardware needed for installation and cable management.