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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:01

Thermaltake Armor A30 tested - 3. Internal

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: In-case airflow and cooling are pretty good

Removing the top panel allows access to components inside. The top panel holds a 230mm fan (800rpm, 15dBA), which connects via Molex.

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The Armor A30 will take two 5.25’’ optical drives. Note that you’ll have to remove the front panel and take the console out, as you can see from the pictures below.

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Apart from the two 5.25’’ and one 3.5’’ drive, the console will take another two 2.5’’ drives, thanks to the included plastic brackets.

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After removing the front panel, you can see the connectors, fans and the standard status LEDs.

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Standard 3.5’’ drives are mounted in a separate console attached to the bottom of the case. In order to access it, you’ll have to remove the 5.25’’ console first.

The smaller console will take two 3.5’’ drives, where rubber grommets prevent vibration and resulting noise.

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The motherboard tray can be removed, which will be a godsend for many users. Namely, it makes mounting motherboards, CPU coolers and expansion cards easy.



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The ATX PSU is mounted in a cage that’s above the motherboard, which explains why CPU coolers must be less than 90mm high. We recommend using a modular PSU due to limited space inside.

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The Armor A30 will take the longest of graphics cards. However, you should mind the motherboard design because dual slot cards such as Radeon HD 6970 can only fit if they’re placed in the first expansion slot.

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The Armor A30 was easy to fill up with components but cable management was a bit difficult. However, Thermaltake’s cable ties ended up being a godsend and we managed to finish the job quickly.

Modular parts of the case made our life much easier. Once all the consoles are removed from the case, there is almost nothing left inside.


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Combination of a large 230mm fan with three smaller fans and additional outlets/inlets yielded quite good results. Namely, the Armor A30 is almost inaudible yet remains very efficient in cooling.



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+1 #1 pogsnet 2011-10-05 09:21
So the PSU is on top of the processor? therefore you cant use huge HSF on this one.
 
 
0 #2 Sodomy 2011-10-05 13:00
Quoting pogsnet:
So the PSU is on top of the processor? therefore you cant use huge HSF on this one.


Yep that is my only problem with this. Had one of the Lian Li cases that is a similar formfactor, had to upgrade the HSF but because of the PSU fan, had to reverse the custom HSF to such the hot air out of the heatsink, terrible performance. At least this case it looks like you can mount the PSU in reverse, so you would just reverse the direction of the fan ontop and you would have a very dusty but well cooled case.
 
 
0 #3 hoohoo 2011-10-05 15:27
Nice design, I like the modularity and mobo tray. It would be better if the top were flat and metal not platic (think SUGO).

As for the comments about the PSU, I agree, but where else can you put the PSU?
 

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