Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene 'Snow Edition' Reviewformerstaff - December 12, 2012
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Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene 'Snow Edition' Conclusion:
The biggest challenge for case manufacturers when releasing a smaller more budget friendly version of an excellent case is to downscale the case without disappointing the public. Yes it's more affordable and they know that they can't have the same product with all of the features and ergonomics. Unfortunately they have seen the original and you can't un-ring that bell; perceptions are the reality. It is rare then that a case manufacturer scales down a hallmark case without rendering it a flimsy, half-hearted copy. I have said before that when a manufacturer sets out to make a less expensive counterpart, you can usually tell where it ran out of budget and began to cheap out or drop features or functionality.
This is not the case with the Armor Revo Gene. The side panels are a bit thinner and you are minus a fan, but the Gene retains the essence of what makes the Thermaltake Armor Revo the great case it is. From the exterior you are hard pressed to tell the difference between them. To begin with, the Revo Gene retains the width and depth of the full tower version while giving back only three inches in height (one bay worth). This means that the Revo Gene will be able to house the largest of graphics cards for an all-out gaming build. Thermaltake has also kept the nifty top hot-swap Dock-X system, the hidden HDD bay, and even the cool looking 'breathe' lighting effect.
Inside there are differences, however I would classify most of them as more lateral than downgrades. The tool-less system is spring loaded and works great. The HDD/SSD trays are as good as the full tower with a heavy duty feel that mimics a server-type pullout. The base of the Gene has the same spring-n-stop system allowing many different configurations, from extra stability to space saving compactness. The use of two large 200mm fans makes for one of the quietest cases I have reviewed. Thermaltake even retained the filtering at every opening as well as lowering your compressed air budget.
The asymmetrical beveled window that provides an unique peek at the hardware within has made its way into the Gene as well. One of the few criticisms of the Gene is that the wire bundle from the front panel connectors could be a bit longer. The HD audio connector barely made it to the corresponding port on the motherboard we used for testing. If the style of the Armor Revo Gene is something that catches your eye and you prefer the more manageable mid tower, this case should be on your short list to check out for, say, your next gaming build.
- Good looks
- Retains major elements of Armor Revo
- Accepts 240mm radiator in roof
- HDD/SSD tray system
- Top hot-swap Dock-X
- Adjustable 1-1/2" legs
- All intakes filtered
- Excellent finish inside and out
- Unique side window
- Cable Clear Feature
- Good hardware temps
- Front panel connectors a bit short