Thermaltake Armor A30 Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 04-25-2011
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look

As I mentioned in the intro, the A30 is a bit larger than the SilverStone SG05. I would say it's more similar in size to the Apevia X-Qpack 2 or the NZXT Rogue.

The removable front bezel of the all-black Armor chassis is constructed of plastic with two external 5 1/4" bays and even a 3 1/2" bay (presumably for a fan controller or card reader - after all, who uses a floppy drive anymore?). In addition to the power and reset buttons, there is a front I/O panel with one USB 2.0 connection, headphone and microphone jacks, a USB 3.0 port and an eSATA port. The USB 3.0 and eSATA are nice additions for speedy file transfers to / from external storage devices.

The left side panel features a pentagon-shaped window with a series of passive honeycomb-style vents in front of it.

At the rear of the case we find a power supply mounting location, two 60mm exhaust fans rated at 18 dBa @ 1500 RPM, an I/O shield cutout and four motherboard expansion bays. There is also a small cutout above the expansion bays which is used to pass the USB 3.0 connector through to plug into the back of your motherboard. This case was released before internal USB 3.0 headers were available.

The right side panel mirrors what we found on the opposite side. On the bottom of the chassis are four circular rubber feet to prevent the case from sliding around on your desk. There are no vents or fan slots but you can see where the hard drive rack mounts to the base of the case. You can also see the handle at the back of the case used to pull out the motherboard tray. On top of the case is a large 230mm blue LED exhaust fan rated at 15 dBA @ 800 RPM.

Let's continue on and check out the interior of the case.

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