The Armor Revo Snow Edition marks Thermaltake's latest case design in a new white/black color scheme. The result is a very aesthetic contrast between the black mesh trim and interior and the stunning white exterior panels. I'm not sold on the brushed aluminum front corner pieces, either their look or function, and the pivoting action seems quite limited. But the painted finish is superb looking and highly scratch resistant, not to mention I could find no place where the paint appeared thin or was left unfinished.
As for function, the Armor Revo starts with the best features we liked about the Chaser MK-1 and expands upon it. We get a similar layout and control panel with integrated hard drive dock, fan speed and LED controller, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports and eSATA and audio jacks. The three included 200mm fans in the front, top and side, and the 140mm fan in the rear, improve upon the case airflow, and removable mesh filters help protect each intake location. The hard drive trays thoughtfully accommodate both 3½" and 2½" drives, and the power supply support can be adjusted to fit any length unit.
The most ingenious feature in my opinion, the plug&play side panel fan connection, is marred by the fact that fan cannot be changed without cutting and splicing wires or getting a replacement directly from Thermaltake. I noted previously that only the front and top 200mm fans are connected to the fan controller, and the side and rear fans require their own 3pin connection. There was also little discernible difference between the high and low fan settings as far as amount of airflow, and powering off the system always resets the speed back to the low setting on next boot.
The Thermaltake Armor Revo suggested retail is $179.99 with our Snow Edition model commanding a $10 premium. A brief look at prices online reveals a potential savings of $10-$20 depending on retailer. That still places it higher than their other full tower styles like the Overseer and Chaser, although well within the competitive range compared to other manufacturers.
OCIA.net awards the Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition our Gold Seal of Approval.