Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-27-2012
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Installation

I'll be installing the following components into the Thermaltake Armor Revo:

AMD Phenom II 1090T X6 BE
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
Thermaltake Frio Advanced
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
60Gb OCZ Agility 2 SSD
1Tb WD Caviar Black
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
Zalman VF3000A Cooler
Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
NZXT HALE 90 750W


I had very few issues with the Armor Revo case. There is plenty of room to work around a full ATX motherboard, and the pass-through holes are placed where needed. I did not have to use the CPU power extension cable provided, however I would like to point out that the gap along the top of the motherboard tray is very narrow. I was able to squeeze the 4+4pin sections through one at a time, however it's doubtful that a single 8pin connector will fit without removing the top exhaust fan. Another caveat worth noting is that both the rear exhaust fan and the side panel fan have their own 3pin connectors. Only the top exhaust fan and the front intake fan are connected to the fan speed/light controller.


Unlike some other case manufacturers drive trays that use fixed pins, Thermaltake uses these removable clips to hold the drives in place. You will need to remove the clips before inserting a drive as the tray is very rigid and will not flex enough to bend around the drive. They've thoughtfully included mounting holes in the bottom of each tray to install smaller 2" drives. The holes are tapered as if to fit flush-mount screws, however the ones provided have wide heads. Fortunately there is enough space between each tray that this protrusion does not cause any problems.


Thermaltake does tout the suitability of the Armor Revo case for liquid cooling, however unlike the Chaser MK-1, the Armor Revo does not provision for external mounting of fans. As the 120.2 (240mm) mounting holes are offset, there's less likelihood of interfering with motherboard components, however check fitment to ensure compatibility. One last thing to note is that upon powering up the system, the side panel fan began making noise. I removed the side panel and noted that the fan did not spin freely. Upon disassembly I discovered that the filter frame was warped and contacting the center hub of the fan, causing it to rub. I dismounted the fan from the panel, flipped the filter over and remounted the fan, then verified it was no longer making contact.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.


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