Thermaltake Armor A60 Chassis
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-15-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look Outside

The case came packed well inside of a graphic-laden box. The case being a mid-tower with steel mesh makes it fairly light as well, although not as light as an aluminum chassis. The marketing on the outside gives a good layout of the features along with a picture of the case itself. Opening the box we find the case snug inside with a protective bag and foam side pieces.

Taking a look at the front of the case, we see the geometric theme prominently displayed here. Everything from the power button to the fan coverings has this style. There are three 5.25 bays and one 3.5 bay. Also on the front we see the different I/O ports that are available: E-SATA, audio, USB 2.0, and the highlight of the case, USB 3.0. We will see how the USB 3.0 is wired in just a bit.

The left side of the case brings us to the other main highlight of the case the SideClick EasySwap 3.5 SATA hotswap bay. There is a small side-window which should show off case lighting well. Below that is a place for an additional 120mm fan positioned over the typical GPU location, which could allow for additional cooling even without an active fan.

On the back of the case the blue USB 3.0 cable is passed through one of the water-cooling holes to allow for the port to plug into the back of the mainboard. This is the first time I have seen this though I was a little puzzled at the implementation. Yes, there are two additional holes that could be punched out by the PSU, but why not skip those and make a hole specifically for the USB 3.0 cable? There is also a 120mm rear exhaust fan, seven expansion slots, and a bottom-mount PSU. Bottom-mount PSUs are something I look for in a case, so I'm pleased to see it here.

The bottom has filtered mesh for the PSU and a spot for an optional 120mm fan. On the top there is a large 200mm exhaust fan with room for a second. It was interesting to see Thermaltake have this as an exhaust fan by default as most case manufacturers seem to be obsessed with only having the rear fan set as exhaust. It saved me the trouble from reversing it myself as I like to vent from the rear and top of a case. I typically get better results out of my Noctua CPU cooler that way.

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