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The Thermaltake Armor A30 is a small PC case. While huge PC chassis – such as the Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer – have a lot going for them, smaller cases also have many good points too.The Thermaltake Armor A30 is a small chassis that's been designed to house some of the best gaming components money can buy, while maintaining a size that is small enough to carry around to LAN parties. Even if you're not into professional gaming, the Thermaltake Armor A30, as well as other small chassis such as the CyberPower Game Cube can be a compelling buy, because they take up far less room than some of the behemoths we've seen.The small stature doesn't mean compromises have to be made either – Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards can hold most of the latest technology without a problem. Sure, multiple GPU arrays are out of the question. There's also no denying that cramming the components in an upgrading isn't as simple as with the Thermaltake Armor A30's more spacious siblings, such as the Armor A90. But when a compact gaming chassis gets it right, it can be an excellent addition to your gaming arsenal, and a great choice for housing your rig. But does the Thermaltake Armor A30 succeed where others have failed?
Not so long ago, the Micro ATX form factor motherboard didn't get much respect. Relegated to workstation duty, most enthusiasts dismissed the little guy out of hand as having anemic performance and virtually no overclocking capabilities. Well, those days are gone. Nowadays there are a plethora of very capable motherboards in the mATX form factor that will satisfy the desires of all but the most demanding performance enthusiasts, and a high-performance gaming rig can easily be built on this small platform. Unsurprisingly, case manufacturers have stepped up to supply some performance chassis' for this market. Thermaltake, always on the cutting edge when it comes to chassis innovation, has recently released an mATX gaming chassis from their Armor series they call the A30 and have sent one along to the Tweaknews labs for evaluation. I've reviewed several of their mATX chassis products in the past and been impressed and I'm anxious to see what they've brought to the table this time out. Follow along as we take a close look at the Armor A30 and see what it has to offer. We live in a world where most things seem to move at the speed of light.
Everyone has heard that size does not matter right? Sometimes that can be true, but normally in the world of computer cases if you want all of the features then you need to opt for a full tower chassis. Well that's not the case any longer, no pun intended. We have seen a number of manufacturers packing in the features we love in full tower cases down into smaller mATX style chassis. Giving us the ability to choose where we want to house our precious components. One manufacturer that takes the case building designs to the limits is Thermaltake. They are well known for some radical designs such as the Level 10 that broke the traditional case style and then took the design even further with the revamped Level 10 GT. While those designs are well thought out for your home build they are too heavy and bulky for LAN party travel. To give you the portability that is needed when lugging your gaming systems from LAN party to LAN party you need something smaller in size, but not in features. The Armor series from Thermaltake has been around for some years, and have notably been seen as some of the toughest and feature rich cases to build with.
When Thermaltake goes all out, the company makes some impressive PC cases. If you're into luxury, you can get the Level 10; and if you're a middle-of-the-road enthusiast, you have lots of cases to choose from (the innovative Armor A60 and Armor A90, for example). But if you're looking for a portable space-saver, the Armor A30 ($119 list) is where it's at. Small of size but big on potential, it's a microATX case that's as easy to work on as it is to play with. It suffers from a couple of annoyances, but for those who must compute in cramped areas or are frequent LAN partiers, the Armor A30 is a winner. Measuring 10.5 by 11.5 by 18 inches (HWD) and weighing just under 15 pounds empty, the Armor A30 doesn't seem that small. Sure, you're limited to two external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch bay, and two internal 3.5-inch bays. But there's also room for two 2.5-inch hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs), so storage shouldn't be a concern. And if you want to equip your system with the fastest and, at 12.5 inches, the longest video card on the market, the AMD Radeon HD 6990, it will fit easily inside with inches to spare. (As this is a microATX-only case, you're stuck with the four expansion slots.)
I myself travel a good bit for LAN parties, with them ether being at a friend's house or a larger LAN event like Pittco events right here in Pittsburgh. Traveling and carrying around a big case can sometimes be a pain. Then again there are not very many mATX cases that will suit the needs of gamers and fit their larger graphics cards and heatsinks. But Thermaltake was nice enough to send us over their Armor A30 case for us to take a look at. Let's see if this case will suit my needs and the need of other gamers out there. Special thanks to Thermaltake for providing us with the Armor A30 mATX Case to review. The Thermaltake A30 comes into a retail box which has a color image of the A30 on the front. On the back of the box it details and shows some images on how the cooling for the computer case works along with having some basic info on the Armor A30 case. After opening the box you will pull the case out of the plastic bag and Styrofoam. After this was completed you will have the Thermaltake Armor A30. We are going to start with the outside of the Thermaltake Armor A30. Starting with the front of the case we have on the left side of the case a 3.5? drive bay that is sideways along with two 5.25? drive bays on the right side of the case.
Thermaltake seems to be adding new models to their massive line of cases almost every week and we have one of their latest in for review. Announced last month, the Armor A30 is the eighth addition to the Armor family, featuring one of the most aggressive designs we've seen on a compact chassis. Most mini towers such as the Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354 claim to be designed with both gaming and HTPC use in mind, but the Thermaltake Armor A30 makes no such promise. Instead, it is strictly a gaming chassis designed for LAN party goers. Unless your home theater setup looks something out of the batcave, then the Armor A30 is going to stick out like a sore thumb. The case features a unique "bulletproof" armor design which uses a lot of straight edges mixed with metal mesh elements. The end result is a bold-looking small chassis. Thermaltake believes this design speaks to gamers and enthusiasts. Personally, I prefer the Mini Q PC-V354's subtle lines, but then again I'm not a hardcore gamer. Going beyond looks, we feel gamers will be attracted to the Armor A30's near shoebox-sized design that can accommodate high-end hardware such as the AMD Radeon HD 5970, today's largest consumer graphics card.
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