Thermaltake Armor Case Review

Admin - 2007-02-25 22:30:54 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: March 2, 2007
Thermaltake
Thermaltake
Price: $175 USD

Introduction:

Do you have a tired, old, flimsy case that's not doing the components inside any justice? Are those components in your case overheating due to poor airflow? Well ThermalTake to the rescue yet again, this time with their giant Armor series case! And this thing is definitely a layer of armor for your delicate components. Ever since the company was founded in 1999 ThermalTake has always been known for manufacturing large, heavy duty cases. ThermalTake has provided us with the biggest and baddest case in their lineup, the ThermalTake Armor w/window. Today we will be taking a look into this monster of a case, paying attention to the workings, the compatibility, and of course, the functionality of this case and its components.

Closer Look:


I must say when I got this case I was shocked at the size and weight of the box it came in. I almost needed to rent a forklift to move this sucker! The looks of the box are about average for a retail product; The company logo, pictures of the box contents and the specifications on the case can all be found.





Opening up the case I was a little surprised to find some of the packing foam was broken, this thing had obviously had a long trip. Taking the top Styrofoam off, lifting out the case, and taking off the cloth bag that it comes in, I finally got to see this beast of a case. The first thing that I noticed was the huge fan on the side of the case (250mm) as well as the 2 sided aluminum front door things. I am not actually sure what their purpose is, but they look nice.




Taking a look at the back of the case, the major thing that you will notice is that the power source mounts sideways, and there is fan housing with some hard drive racks mounted beside it. There is the standard motherboard I/O plate, as well as the expansion slot covers. Cooling for this case is facilitated via 120mm fans. There is one on the back, one on the top, and there is room for 2-3 on the front of the case depending on your configuration.





The side panel of this case is held in place by two thumb screws on the back of the case, as well as a pair of lockable latches; one on the top and one on the bottom. After opening up the side of the case, I got a good look at the layout. I saw that the front of the chassis is comprised of all 5.25” bays.






Installation will be a snap in this case as it is nearly 100% tool less. Hard drives and optical drives all snap in with no screws, you will only be required to fasten down your power source, and the motherboard. This case is a monster, by far one of the biggest and heaviest cases that I have seen to date.

Specifications:



Model Armor Extreme Edition --- VA8004BWS
Case Type Super Tower
Side Panel Windows
Net Weight 16.2Kg
Dimensions 530 x 220 x 560 mm (H*W*D)
Cooling System 2 Channel air guides Front (intake) 120 x 120 x25 mm fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA,
Rear (exhaust) 120 x 120 x25 mm fan, 1300rpm 17dBA, 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Top (exhaust) 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Drive Bays 11 Front Accessible 4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal 5 x3.5"
Material Chassis: 1.0mm SECC
Front Bezel: Aluminum
Color Black
Expansion Slots 7
Motherboards Support up to Extend ATX & AMD Quad FX Platform.


Installation:


Installation for this case is just like that of any other case. First you install your power supply, the standoffs for your motherboard, the back I/O plate, and then mount the motherboard. After that, install your HDD’s and optical drives, the CPU, the RAM, and then video card. After all the hardware is installed into the case, it's time to make all your power, and data connections. After double and triple checking all my connections, I was ready to boot up this machine in its fancy new armor-plated home.

Testing:



Test Setup


For testing this machine I will be gathering CPU idle/Load temps, as well as system temps idle/load from my old Antec Sonata 2 case, as well as from the Armor. I will then be comparing the two side by side in the graphs to follow.

Conclusion:



    If you are looking for case that will give your computer that extra bit of protection and piece of mind that all your hardware is secure then, this is most definitely the case for you. Fast and easy installation of all your hardware, the weight of an elephant,  windows and lights, all these things add up to make one fancy case. If you are into the new style, and like to show off all your hardware, then this case is a must-have for you. If you are a constant LAN attendee, then be prepared to rent or buy a forklift to move this case though, weighing in at about 40 pounds empty this case is NOT light. It’s big its mean and it’s the ThermalTake Armor.

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