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ThermalTake Armor A60 Case Review

Rating: 9.0.

Thermaltake has released some great products lately and KitGuru's reviewed many of them.

We had a look at the excellent Frio and Contact29 Coolers and we also were impressed with the Toughpower XT 675W power supply.

Today we are going to be looking at their latest budget gaming chassis called the Armor A60 which offers USB 3.0 support, as well as including a new Sideclick EasySwap system.

While we have yet to receive firm information on pricing we hear it will be retailing for around £60 inc vat in the UK. This is due to be released in a few weeks time in August.

The video above shows some of the key elements of the chassis and much of the focus is on the SideClick EasySwap HDD docking system which gives the user access to the hot swap capable 3.5″ hard drive bay. You can place a HDD into the drive tray, slide it into the sideclick slot and wham, you are ready to rock.

Gimmicks aside, the case has been designed for high airflow with one 20 cm fan included at the top for exhaust purposes and a 12cm intake fan at the front, both preinstalled out of the factory. Additionally they have included another 12 cm fan at the rear for exhaust circulation, this is a traditional design and we would expect air flow to be very strong with this system, especially with the top mounted 20cm unit in place. The Armor A60 might be a budget priced chassis but there are options to further enhance the airflow with additional fan spots available (up to seven fans). Considering the low price it is good to see three high quality fans included as part of the asking price.

There is attention to detail throughout, with raised feet at the bottom of the chassis containing removable dust filtered vented locations for additional fans. It even has a keyboard and mouse security lock system in place for Lan parties.

Case Type Mid Tower
Material SECC
Front Bezel Material Mesh
Colour Black
Side Panel Window
Motherboard Support Micro ATX
Standard ATX
Motherboard Tray No
5.25″ Drive Bay 3
Ext. 3.5″ Drive Bay 1
Int. 3.5″ Drive Bay 5 and 1 x 2.5″ SSD/ HDD
Expansion Slots 7
Front I/O Ports USB3.0(SuperSpeed) x 1
USB2.0 x 1
e-SATA x 1
HD Audio x 1 (Support AC 97)
Cooling System -Front (intake):
120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan, 1000rpm 16dBA
120 x 120 x 25 mm / 200 x 200 x 20 mm (Optional)

-Rear (Exhaust):
120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm 16dBA

-Top (Exhaust):
200 x 200 x 20 mm Blue LED fan, 800rpm 15 dBA
2 x 120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)

-Bottom (Intake):
120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)

-Side (Intake):
120 x 120 x 25 mm (Optional)

Liquid Cooling Capable Yes
Liquid Cooling Embedded No
Power Supply Supported ATX PSII
Power Supply Included No
Dimension (H*W*D) 18.9 x 8.3 x 19.7 Inch
480 x 210 x 500 mm
Net Weight 15.7 lb

7.1 kg

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