Legit Case Reviews
Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Mid Tower PC Case Review
|Date:||Wed, Jun 09, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
Installing Parts Into the Armor A90
Even a full sized ATX motherboard like my GA-890GPA-UD3H looks small in this thing!
Well, that's no good; the mount holes for the AM3 socket aren't fully exposed by the cutout. I have to take the board back out and slip the backplate in before putting the motherboard in.
Here is a better shot of it not lining up. Most users will leave the stock AM3 mount, but not for water cooling of any kind. A minor annoyance.
Voila! All together and wires routed. It is pretty clean aside from the pesky 8-pin ATX power connector going all the way around the motherboard. For those wondering, the video card in the photo above is an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB which measures in at around 8.5-inches in total length; there is a hair under 12" of room for a video card before it hits the HDD cage, so installing the ATI Radeon HD 5970 video card is not possible. ATI Radeon HD 5870's or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480's will fit with ease, though. Thermaltake officially states that the A90 chassis will fit a video card that is no longer than 10.5".
Here you can see the CPU backplate just to the left of the cutout. Also note the mass of cables which is, in fact, cleanly hidden and only one zip tie (not included) was used for the LEDs and PWR/RES button cables as they are so thin and a hassle in any case build. They're neatly tucked away here.
Something I forgot to mention previously is that the left side features a case door lock (not included) via a small padlock type lock, and both side panels have the locking mechanism. Also, depending on how much of your computer you like to advertise you can swap the panels around. A power supply can either be mounted fan up or fan down depending on preference or air availability.
With an optical drive and card reader installed, I noticed both were 'recessed' compared to the case panel and drive bay covers. The optical drive is not as noticeable as the card reader, but the card reader seems to be for a reason as with an SD card inserted the front door can come very close to totally shut (to the point of not realizing that it is open).
Next Page - Installing Parts, Continued
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