Monday, December 6th 2010

Thermaltake Introduces Armor A30 Compact Gaming Chassis

Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching their latest edition to the popular and award winning ARMOR series of PC cases. The entirely black ARMOR A30 sports the familiar “bulletproof” armor design concept with metal mesh elements lending the ARMOR series an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and enthusiasts alike. The top and front blue LED-fans enhance the overall combat ambience. It’s small dimensions of 266 (H) x 291 (W) X 456 (D) cm make it an ideal solution for small form factor systems (Micro ATX and mini ITX), while still allowing for enough room to house the most powerful graphics cards available on the market today (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA GTX460). Demanding LAN party goers can now set up a truly powerful gaming machine that is still small enough to be portable and stylish at the same time.

Optimized multimedia connectivity is provided for by one USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, one USB 2.0 and one eSATA connector as well as HD Audio, all integrated in the left front panel for easiest access. Safely located on the right front panel are the power button and the recessed reset button. This way all important function keys and connectors are quickly reachable right from your seat and you don’t need to mess around at the back of your case.

Furthermore, a special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboard ensures that you'll always stay in arms and competitors at LAN parties won’t take them away.

As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 23 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 9 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with light-effects. Two more 6 cm fans in the back additional increase overall air circulation.

A specially developed modular structure offers a most convenient way to assemble a highly upgradeable system on the smallest amount of space with a motherboard footprint of 9.6” x 9.6”, equaling Micro ATX/ mini ITX motherboards. Overall the ARMOR A30 offers enough room for 2 x 5.25” and 1 x 3.5” accessible devices, as well as 2 x 3.5” and 2 x 2.5” hidden devices. With 4 expansion slots in the rear, users are assured to stay future proof for possible upcoming system expansions.

The Thermaltake ARMOR A30 is available mid-December 2010. To learn more about it go to this page.
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20 Comments on Thermaltake Introduces Armor A30 Compact Gaming Chassis

#1
gumpty
by: btarunr
... while still allowing for enough room to house the most powerful graphics cards available on the market today (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA GTX460).
Wait, what?

The GTX470, GTX480, and GTX580 have clearly not penetrated the reality distortion mindfield that is the ThermalTake PR department.
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#2
RejZoR
I have a Thermalright Lanbox Lite with exactly the same placement setup and it's not designed too well. Looking at these small boxes, Lian Li has a much better design. Will tell more when i recieve the new case from Lian Li. But i can already see better design choices from pictures.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
it looks like an Antec 900/902/1200 thats been crushed from the top down by a compactor into a small cube
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#5
Thrackan
by: gumpty
Wait, what?

The GTX470, GTX480, and GTX580 have clearly not penetrated the reality distortion mindfield that is the ThermalTake PR department.
Maybe they don't fit?
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#6
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Sick! Gross!

Like the idea, looks like crap - try harder Thermaltake.

:(
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#7
gumpty
by: Thrackan
Maybe they don't fit?
I don't know how that would be the case, as the GTX 480 is shorter than a 5970.

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#8
Thrackan
Thanks, didn't do research...
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#9
gumpty
by: Thrackan
Thanks, didn't do research...
The GTX 480 does have those heat-pipes that protrude out the top, so it might be that ... or more likely it's that the PR troll is a retard that doesn't appreciate how anal some geeks are.
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#10
motasim
... just exactly how is the top fan supposed to properly exhaust air if the power supply (which is installed immediately beneath it) is blocking 60-70% of its intake ... furthermore; the case's active air intake is achieved by only one 90mm fan (front) :wtf: while air exhaust is by two 60mm fans (rear) + one 230mm fan (top), now that's genius! ... very poor design by ThermalTake :shadedshu ... although I'm currently looking for a good microATX case, I'll definitely never consider this one ...
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#11
RejZoR
Lian Li PC-V354 has 2x120mm intake, 1x120mm exhaust and 1x140mm exhaust accompanied by a usually 120/140mm PSU fan. Case dimensions are even smaller than this...
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#12
Soylent Joe
by: RejZoR
Lian Li PC-V354 has 2x120mm intake, 1x120mm exhaust and 1x140mm exhaust accompanied by a usually 120/140mm PSU fan. Case dimensions are even smaller than this...
Plus that case is simple and elegant, while this is just perfect for a SUPAR FAST GAYMEN RIG.

Not bad overall though. Hopefully it'll be less than $100.
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#13
RejZoR
Yeah. Only downside is that Lian Li is made out of aluminum which makes it much more expensive. But the case is significantly lighter.
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#14
Sapientwolf
by: gumpty
The GTX 480 does have those heat-pipes that protrude out the top, so it might be that ... or more likely it's that the PR troll is a retard that doesn't appreciate how anal some geeks are.
Or maybe it's just a typo and they meant to put GTX 480.
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#15
motasim
by: RejZoR
Yeah. Only downside is that Lian Li is made out of aluminum which makes it much more expensive. But the case is significantly lighter.
Lian Li make excellent cases and although their cases are expensive, they are mostly worth it!
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#16
(FIH) The Don
so they took the lanbox, rearranged a few things.....and cooling will still be as bad as the lanbox was :shadedshu
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#17
aj28
Ordered a V351 last night. Woke up to see "Compact Gaming Chassis" in the headlines. Freaked out. Opened pics. Crisis averted. Looks about as gimmicky as Aerocool's SFF, albeit perhaps a bit more useful... Btw, Thermaltake, I thought we consumers, along with the industry, agreed no more 60mm fans in new case designs!! :banghead:
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#18
HillBeast
I'm gonna be honest, this is an ugly case, and to be even more honest, Thermaltake hasn't made a good looking or even a truely great case in quite a long time. This just doesn't look very well thought out. The two 60mm fans on the back for starter look like they will be NOISY as heck, and the front is an absolute mess. I can't tell what they were trying to go for there. Serious,y I'd get something from Lian Li: much better build quality, and it is a more elegant case.
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#19
jasper1605
I much prefer the standard tower over lanboxes.
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#20
RejZoR
by: HillBeast
I'm gonna be honest, this is an ugly case, and to be even more honest, Thermaltake hasn't made a good looking or even a truely great case in quite a long time. This just doesn't look very well thought out. The two 60mm fans on the back for starter look like they will be NOISY as heck, and the front is an absolute mess. I can't tell what they were trying to go for there. Serious,y I'd get something from Lian Li: much better build quality, and it is a more elegant case.
The plain Lanbox Lite (Piano black finish, no windows) is a nice looking small box. But cooling is awful and placement could be much better.
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