Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene 'Snow Edition' Reviewformerstaff - December 12, 2012
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Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene 'Snow Edition' Closer Look:
Here is the Armor Revo Gene in full light. The left panel displays the asymmetrical 'U' shaped window that I liked on the full tower version. The window is slightly smoked and is beveled around the opening. The plastic window is held in via twelve plastic push-pin black rivets and is rather clean looking. The 'horns' of the window wrap around the top of a holed opening for a 200mm or 140mm fan. In the upper right corner there is a place for your headset dubbed the 'Combat Headset Hanger'. The right side panel has a convex beveled step around the perimeter of about 7/16", ostensibly to stiffen up the steel panel and provide extra room for wire management. The white finish is top notch on the Gene as well. The plastic bits match the paint or powder coat well and is of consistent quality.
The front of the case is one of the Armor Revo Gene's strong points as it is a very good looking case. Up top there is the Revo insignia that provides the platform for the 'Breathe' lighting effect (more on that in a bit). There are four 5.25" bays covered with a course black mesh insert. Below the same type of insert covers are a 3.5" bay and a hidden HDD/SSD bay with a hard drive tray. The lower half of the front is the same black mesh over larger holes covering the front 200mm blue LED intake fan. The hallmark of the Armor Revo series is the two large extruded aluminum 'Armor wings' that run the length of the case. The armor wings are nicely finished in a brushed texture and while there isn't a specific function for them, I think they look great!
The wings open about 30 degrees for access to the bays. It would have been easy to make them part of a gaudy looking theme, but they reined it in and came up with a very good looking implementation and execution. The extruded aluminum armor is not a flimsy gimmick either. It measures in at 0.1875" or 3/16" thick and will take quite a kick without showing any signs of abuse. The back of the case reveals seven PCIe expansion plates and a universal securing plate for all seven expansion slots that makes the screws easier to get at if you have large hands like I do. Above the 120mm exhaust fan opening are three 1-1/2" grommeted openings for water cooling lines.
On the top we find a control panel with a nice feature. The hot-swap Dock-X station is nicely laid out and has a separate two-part, spring activated door that only allows access for the type of drive you are inserting. This ensures that if you have a SSD installed, it will not be able to be bent over during installation or by being bumped. The Dock-X has a nice positive engagement feel when you insert the HDD/SSD. To the right are four USB ports (two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0). On the left are the power button, HDD activity light, the reset button, and the audio jacks. The layout is very clean and finished looking, and the buttons have a nice feel to them.
The top of the Revo Gene shows the top docking station and the filtered opening for a 200mm fan or a 240mm radiator. The H-100 bolted up easily and cleanly with no hassles. The front top is a separate plastic unit that houses the buttons and the hot-swap Dock-X circuit PCB. I am impressed with how well the plastic front control panel and hot-swap Dock-X matched the white finish of the rest of the unit.
The bottom of the Revo Gene has a large, removable, fine-grade filter for both the PSU intake and the optional 120mm intake fan.The Revo Gene also has legs that rotate 360 degrees for both aesthetics and function. They can be tucked completely under the case for space saving or out at a 90 or 45 degree angle for more stability.
The legs have a cam-like stop system and click into place every 45 degrees to prevent them from randomly moving about. In the image below I Photoshopped one of the rear legs to show all of the positions they can be set to. The legs are also 1-1/2" tall, which gives them good height if the case is set on a carpeted surface. These are a few of the features that demonstrate the forethought of design put into the Armor Revo series.
Overall the looks of the Revo Gene are very similar to its full tower counterpart, and that is a good thing.
Let's go on and see how the interior is laid out.