Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:01

Thermaltake Armor A30 tested - 4. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: In-case airflow and cooling are pretty good

Gamers who are often on the move and visiting LAN parties should definitely check out the Armor A30 as despite being a small-form-factor case, it will easily take high-end components.

Thermaltake Armor A30 is a small computer case with very efficient design. In fact, we managed to strap it with AMD’s HD 6970 with no trouble at all, although the case will take graphics cards up to 350mm. CPU height must not exceed 90mm, but thankfully the market offers even shorter yet quiet and efficient CPU coolers.

The A30 will take micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, but you should be careful with the motherboard design if you plan on using dual-slot graphics longer than 24cm. Such graphics cards must be placed in the first expansion slot on the motherboard, otherwise you’re in a pickle. Dual slot graphics cards shorter than 24cm will fit in any of the available expansion slots, except for the last one.

In-case airflow and cooling are pretty good and the fans are quiet.

The front panel has a USB 3.0 connector, which is pretty much the cherry on top. You can find the case priced at €80 here.



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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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