Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Reviewformerstaff -
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When you have been around the block a few times like I have (that's my choice of euphemism for getting old), you get to see how most everything is cyclical. I have ties whose width has gone in and out of fashion three times. My first car is now only seen once in a great while on the streets, and then only with collectors' plates attached. The Vikings are also about due to win another...well there is the exception that proves the rule. It was a scant twenty years ago that personal computers for most of us were like Ford Model 'T's – available in any color....as long as it was black , and in the case of PC enclosures, white. It was called "computer white" and was somewhere between champagne and eggshell. It was an off white that was the result of recycling milk jugs, blister packs, and just about any body part of the Pontiac Feiro if memory serves. When case manufactures started putting out more exotic colored cases, people abandoned the white case in droves with great enthusiasm. Well...now the white is back in force. Folks are clamoring for snow white versions of their favorite case and even if you cannot find one now, you probably will in a week. Such is the case with the Thermaltake enclosure I have sitting on my bench this week. The thing I have found with white color schemes is that it can have the effect of making a decent case look gimmicky. Recently, Thermaltake has turned out a 'Snow Edition' version of their Armor Revo case and has been on a roll with their case offerings. Let's see if they have designed another winner here, or if it's good Knight Revo (that's a pun you will get in a minute).
The Armor Revo arrives in a very colorful high-gloss box and we quickly discover that this is a themed enclosure. The front of the box has a full size image of the case with a fully-armored and highly polished knight hoisting a Claymore over his left shoulder. The back of the box is laid out nicely and tells us quite a bit about the features of the case using diagrammed images showing airflow through both air cooling and liquid cooling. We also get the low-down on a few internal and external features of the case, including the top HDD/SSD vertical docking station and the heavy duty aluminum 'Armor' bezel that adorn either side of the case. The sides of the box have a smaller image of the case on one side and a list of features in twelve languages on the other.
The top of the box offers nothing new – only a small logo with the Armor insignia and 'Armor Revo'. Popping open the top, we see the first glimpse of the face of the Armor Revo. Through the protective plastic bag, I had the impression that the small black honeycomb overlaying the large white honeycomb is designed to emulate the feel of chain maille. Normally, I am not a fan of "themed" cases or components – chipset coolers that look like weaponry tend to trip my gag reflex. As a matter of fact, I may throw a party when the last 'Transformer' embossed component leaves the assembly line. This, though, looks like it might be a fun case.
Nothing special packaging-wise – the case is well protected with full length foam caps on each side and a plastic bag to protect from scratching. I think Thermaltake vacuum-packed this sucker, though – it did not want to come out and play. Once I managed to wrestle it out, it was in pristine condition.
Let's get this thing out of its travel wear and see if it's a renaissance case or if it is hoist on its own petard. Just kidding – that was the last one, promise.