The Thermaltake Armor Revo comes in two color versions, the Black and our white/black Snow Edition. As white has become a popular trend in full tower cases, e.g. the NZXT Switch 810, it's nice to see Thermaltake adopt this exterior color choice. As not many drives or bay accessories come in white however, it's also good that they've elected to incorporate a more common black for the front and interior.
The primary cosmetic feature that differentiates the Armor Revo from Thermaltake's Chaser MK-1 chassis is the aluminum rails that protect the front corners of the case. On our Snow Edition review sample, these rails are left in a natural brushed finish, while on the Black version they are painted to match. Thermaltake has also left off the plastic top cover, choosing instead to leave this as standard painted steel with internal mount fans only. The Armor Revo comes standard with three 200mm fans, two with blue LED's in the front and top, and an unlighted one in the side panel.
The rear displays the included 140mm exhaust fan, three water cooling tubing grommets, eight vented expansion slots and the bottom mount power supply opening. As we will see in a bit, the interior of the chassis has been painted a contrasting black along with the use of the black mesh in the front. The oddly-shaped side window only partially reveals the interior, due to the oversize fan grill that takes up the bottom half of the panel. It has a smooth beveled edge and uses black plastic pins to hold it in place.
The armor panels on the front pivot out, presumably to allow easier access to the 5¼" drive bays when needed. They really don't offer much movement however and Thermaltake could probably get away with a fixed attachment. The drive bay covers easily snap out the front by squeezing the tabs on either side. The bottom of the Armor Revo features pivoting base feet and a removable mesh filter.
The top panel incorporates a single 200mm blue LED fan towards the rear, with holes to accommodate a smaller 140mm or 120mm fan, as well as a second 140mm or 120mm fan in the center. There are separate mounting holes placed offset to the left for mounting a 120.2 (240mm) radiator away from motherboard interference. The raised control panel section features power and reset buttons along with hard drive activity LED on the right side, high-low fan speed selection and LED on-off on the left, and two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, eSATA and headphone/microphone jacks in the center. To top it all off there is a combination 2½"/3½" drive dock built in. The center front logo serves as a lighted power indicator.
Let's move on to the interior of the Armor Revo Snow Edition.