Thermaltake Armor A90 Steel Midtower Gaming Case
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-27-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Test Rig:
Intel Core i7 870 Quad-core Processor
ASRock P55 Deluxe Intel P55 Motherboard
Asus Matrix GTX 260 Video Card
G.Skill PIS Series DDR3-2400 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit
OCZ Z Series 650 Watt Power Supply
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler


Installation is very straightforward. Install the motherboard offsets and I/O shield for your motherboard into the case. Install the optical drive(s). Install the hard drive(s). Install the power supply.


Prep the CPU and install it onto the motherboard. Prep the CPU cooler and install it onto the motherboard. Install the memory onto the motherboard. Install the motherboard into the case.


Wire the drives up to the motherboard. Connect the case header wires to the motherboard. Connect the power supply cables to the drives and the motherboard. Install the video card and connect the cables. Double check your work and you're done.

Operation:


The blue power LED isn't overly bright like on some cases but you probably wouldn't really notice it anyway as it is overpowered by the blue LED intake fan. The front fan is easily seen when the power is on and lends a definite glow. I suppose exterior case lighting is a matter of personal preference, I really don't care one way or the other anymore. I think that it is a little brighter than I'd want in a bedroom as I run my main rig 24/7, but I prefer a completely dark room, it really isn't that bright. The fan is easily replaced with a non-LED fan if you just hate it. The blowhole fan is also lighted, but it is less noticeable than the front fan. Both fans are surprisingly quiet, my fairly quiet CPU cooler fan is louder than the three fans on the Armor A90.

There were a couple of items I noticed during installation worth mentioning. First, though I was pretty excited with the opening in the motherboard tray, it didn't line up with the CPU area of the P55 motherboard. Looking at some other motherboards without actually fitting them on the motherboard tray, it looks like the opening is set up more for AMD, as the CPU sits much closer to the upper edge and center of the motherboard on current AMD boards.


On a more positive note, I really like the 5.25" bay covers. They are much more substantial than the ones on the V9, and styled differently than the ones on Thermaltake's full towers. Once a drive is installed, they protrude from the case slightly more than the drive and I like the look. The locking system for them is also different, they lock much better than those on most mid towers. Of course, none of this shows up well on photos, especially when everything is black.

Finally, both the ODD and HDD tool-free locking devices worked well.


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