Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid Tower Case ReviewWed, Sep 22, 2010 - 12:00 PM
Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid Tower Case
Let’s make a list. To be more specific, let’s make a list of the things that gamers like. A good game is essential, a top of the line keyboard and mouse, as well as top of the line motherboard, processor, and memory. Those are the heart and soul of a gamer’s rig. But the thing that gamers love the most is an awesome looking case, because first impressions are very important and nothing gives a better first impression than a killer looking case; am I right? Who wants to go to a LAN with a lame looking rig? Not me. I would venture to guess that you don’t, either. There is a whole laundry list of companies that make PC cases, but there is only a handful that makes gaming/enthusiast cases. One of those companies is Thermaltake.
The reason I bring this up is because over the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of testing the Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid Tower Case.
Thermaltake is well known worldwide for their popular and well built cases, CPU coolers, GPU coolers, power supplies and a whole host of other products that keep our PC’s running cool and looking cool. Thermaltake was founded in Taiwan in 1999 and opened a headquarters in the United States at the same time as well. Almost as soon as they opened their doors they were a sensation with the release of the Golden Orb cooler. The result of that popularity is the Thermaltake we all know and love today. Take a look around your office or room and I bet you will be able to find something made by Thermaltake somewhere on your desk or inside your PC.
The Thermaltake Armor A60 (VM20001W2Z) is a mid tower case that is directly aimed at the PC gamer and enthusiast crowd. The case itself has a classy and elegant look that will fit in just about anywhere you choose to put it, and at the same time has that “hey check out my killer rig” look with a small but effective side window that will let jealous onlookers take a look at the inner workings of your “Death Machine”. This case comes with features that include a killer inside and out black paint job, Superspeed USB 3.0 compatibility, a side docking hot swap bay for your hard drives right on the side of the case, Blue LED fans to set the mood for a fast and furious frag session and the size and width to accommodate almost any hardware and accessories you can throw at it. Take all of that, throw in a three year parts and labor warranty and a price tag of $89.99 and you have yourself one heck of a bargain on your hands. I guess the only thing left to do is to spec out some new hardware for your new case. Because we all know you can’t just get a new case, that just won’t do. Folks like us need a whole new system… can I get an “amen”?
Thermaltake certainly didn’t skimp on the fans in the Armor A60 as they have also included three fans of various sizes and the option of adding four more to help keep the air flow moving on the inside and your PC running at a nice cool temperature. Because I think we all know what happens to a PC that gets too hot. Well, if you don’t, let’s just leave it at… you will be buying a new PC. I keep going on and on about these features and what the Thermaltake Armor A60 has, but let’s take a look at all the specs for this Sherman tank of the case world.
Thermaltake Armor A60 Specifications (VM20001W2Z):
- Case Type: Mid Tower
- Material: SECC
- Front Bezel Material: Mesh
- Color: Black
- Side Panel Window
- Motherboard Support: Micro ATX Standard ATX
- 5.25″ Drive Bay: 3
- Ext. 3.5″ Drive Bay: 1
- Int. 3.5″ Drive Bay: 5 and 1 x 2.5″ SSD/ HDD
- Expansion Slots: 7
- Front I/O Ports: USB3.0(SuperSpeed) x 1 USB2.0 x 1 e-SATA x 1 HD Audio x 1 (Support AC 97)
- Cooling System: Front (intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan, 1000rpm 16dBA, 120 x 120 x 25 mm / 200 x 200 x 20 mm (Optional)
Rear (Exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm 16dBA
Top (Exhaust): 200 x 200 x 20 mm Blue LED fan, 800rpm 15 dBA 2 x 120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)
Bottom (Intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)
Side (Intake): 120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)
- Liquid Cooling Capable: Yes
- Liquid Cooling Embedded: No
- Power Supply Supported: ATX PSII
- Power Supply Included: No
- Dimension (H*W*D): 18.9 x 8.3 x 19.7 Inch 480 x 210 x 500 mm
- Net Weight: 15.7 lb 7.1 kg
- Security Lock
- Warranty: 3 years parts and labor
One thing I can really say for this case is that it sure can hold a lot of fans. I want to put a fan in every available spot, but I fear that if I do the case will take flight. OK, not really but it is an interesting concept to ponder. It certainly would save us all a ton of money on airfare, but I can imagine the air traffic control thing would be a bit hectic. Now that I think about it, gamers that can fly is probably not such a great idea. Forget I even mentioned it.