Legit Case Reviews
Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Mid Tower PC Case Review
|Date:||Wed, Jun 09, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
The aesthetics of this case are a lot to take in, but the first thing I noticed was the height of the case. It is basically an Element T, but on more than 1/2" plastic risers with a bit of plastic on top as well, with a tall front panel bringing it together. The second thing I noticed was that it had a rather small front door that hinges on the left, which is great for me as my computers are always to the left of the user, and the power and front panel connectors are all outside the door, again suiting a user to its right. Another thing is all the clean lines throughout its design: along the risers, on the front panel, on the top plastic, and even on the "Armored" metal side panels. Some might find this case a bit "busy" and it does have a lot going on for sure. I can't speak for everyone's opinion, but I just love it.
The left side panel features a small triangular window which sticks out just as the metal armor does. This comes covered with a protective film as any piece of Plexiglas or Lexan does as both materials are very sensitively scratch prone.
Keeping with the triangular pattern on the left panel, the right side also features a similar armored texture (texture being by shape of metal, as the paint is smooth flat black all around) but is much simpler in design.
The front panel of the Armor A90 is very angular, and features a large triangular power button. The front panel connectors come covered by a thin piece of foam which also prevents the front door from flapping about during shipping. The case door on the Armor A90 is 8.5" tall and is very rigid as its inner layer is steel and is held closed by a magnet behind the front panel. You really get the scope of the A90's height (19.8" or 502mm) by looking at the I/O shield housing. This case is great for full sized ATX motherboards since it has seven expansion slots and a ton of room at the top of whatever motherboard is installed, and it's 210mm wide for nearly any CPU cooler as well.
With the case door open you see three 5.25" bays as well as a floppy or card reader 3.5" bay. The 5.25" bays have vented covers with dust filters whereas the 3.5" bay has a solid plastic cover. Notice here there are two USB 2.0 ports and HD Audio as well as a system status light and HDD activity light above the small reset button marked with an R.
On the top of the A90 we have another pair of USB 2.0 ports, as well as an eSATA port and you can partly see the top 200mm exhaust fan.
On the bottom of the A90 you can better see the two risers with plastic & rubber feet. Both risers are made exactly the same and are reversible (not that switching them would gain anything). You can also see where the adjustable Power Supply bracket mounts as well as the PSU air filter which is not particularly fine, but it does stop the majority of dust bunnies from getting in your unit. Also note the SSD bottom mounts which you simply screw into the SSD from outside the case.
Next Page - External Impressions: Closer Look
Page 1 - Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid Tower
Page 2 - External Impressions
Page 3 - External Impressions: Closer Look
Page 4 - Internal Impressions
Page 5 - Installing Parts Into the Armor A90
Page 6 - Installing Parts, Continued
Page 7 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions