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

I installed the following hardware in the Armor A60:

AMD PHenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz @ 3.6 GHz
Noctua NH-UB9 SE2 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 730w Modular LED
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
HHD1: Seagate Momentus 7200rpm 320gb 2.5
HDD2: Samsung 7200rpm 750gb 3.5
Asus Wireless Nic


The drive tray system worked well. There are little rubber washers on each of the bottom screw holes to protect against vibration. Most will probably be installing a 2.5 solid state drive if using those holes which shouldn't be a big deal. In this build I had a 2.5 laptop drive sitting around so I used that. The 3.5 drive snapped into the tray without any issues.



Installation went smooth, though I did run into a few more puzzling features. The mainboard tray used a combination of raised bumps (in the place of brass standoffs) and traditional standoffs. Lately I have seen one or the other, but not both.

The expansion slot covers were an interesting discovery as well. They were not the tool-less design I was expecting after seeing the drive trays and 5.25 bays. However, they can be removed and then clipped back into place so they are fully reusable. I don't see that too often.

The optical drive slid and clicked easily into the front of the case once the cover was removed. While having the front cover off, another slot for a fan is visible. A quick check on the back shows the cutout being large enough for the standard AMD backplate on my mainboard. The cable management around the drives shows plenty of room to work with and easy installation. Another note, the 2.5 holes line up perfectly with the back making it easy to plug in the SATA cables. I have run into issues with that in other cases.

There were no issues with the rest of the installation. The ATI Radeon 5770 had plenty of extra room, so longer cards would fit just fine. Also, there were no clearance issues with the aftermarket CPU cooler. The USB 3.0 pass-through worked well. One thing that bothered me though was the inability to have the SideClick EasySwap door actually closed. If using a drive in this bay, the door doesn't close. Don't make the mistake of installing a drive in the bay and then putting the door on. The door won't clear the tray to get it out. It just seems as if this design could have worked a little better.


Plugging the PSU in and turning it on, the soft blue LED glow surrounds the case. It is very subtle which I like. The side window could be a little bigger to allow more light out, but some don't like that and it isn't a big issue for me.


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