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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Armor A90 VL90001W2Z
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Thermaltake Armor A90 Case Review

Thermaltake is one of those companies that constantly pumps out fresh designs, if there is a hole in the market then Thermaltake will be there. The current market trend in gaming cases that I have observed lately is an extravagant exterior, a painted interior and a bottom mounted PSU. Thermaltake have Introduced the Armor A90 VL90001W2Z Mid Tower Case into the enthusiast segment priced competitively at $79.99 and if you do your shopping you can get a better deal still. Along with a great exterior design, a fully painted exterior and a bottom mounted PSU, the Thermaltake Armor A90 also gives you a place to mount your 2.5" SSD/HDD, tool free drive installation for three 5.25" drives and six 3.5" HDD's, a front door covering your optical drive bays, support for watercooling and an easily removable front panel with removable air intake filter.

There are a lot of things that make up a great case, design and aesthetics are a great starting point, equally as important are build quality, great airflow and good cable management. Benchmark reviews aims to provide you an unbiased review of the Armor A90 pointing out not only the good but also the bad too, after all, nothing is perfect. What is good for me may not be good for you, but for $79.99 there wont be much better.

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Manufacturer: Thermaltake
Product Name: Armor A90
Model Number: VL90001W2Z
Price As Tested: $79.99

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake.

Thermaltake Armor A90 Features

  • Black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements
  • Top and front blue LED-fan enhancing combat ambiance
  • Protective front door for drive access
  • Bottom based PSU for optimized cooling
  • Triangular side panel window & 120mm side panel VGA cooling opening
  • LC ready! 4 x liquid cooling punch out holes

Thermaltake Armor A90 Specifications

Case Type Mid Tower
Material SECC
Front Bezel Material Plastic
Color Black Interior
Black Exterior
Side Panel

Transparent Window

Motherboard Support Standard ATX & Micro ATX
Motherboard Tray N/A
5.25" Drive Bay 3
Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay 1 x 3.5" with 5.25" converter
Int. 3.5" Drive Bay 6 (with 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD)
Expansion Slots 7
Front I/O Ports 4 x USB2.0
1 x e-SATA
HD Audio ports
Cooling System -Front (Intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan, 1000rpm, 16dBA;
120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional) or 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, 15dBA
-Side (Intake) :
120 x 120 mm (optional)
Liquid Cooling Capable Yes
Liquid Cooling Embedded No
Power Supply Supported Standard ATX PSII
Power Supply Included No
Dimension (H*W*D) 502 (H) x 210(W) x 515 (L) mm
19.8 (H) x 8.3 (W) x 20.3 (L) inch
Net Weight 8.2 Kg
18.1 Lb
Warranty 3 Year



 

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# Mehehume 2010-09-07 19:20
"There isn't a great deal of room behind the motherboard tray . . . "

How about measuring that distance? That way we can decide for ourselves how generous that space is.

I especially like how CM states that distance - 16mm - in their HAF 912 specs.

I have corresponded with owners of other Thermaltake cases, since many of them are quite wide. They all report cramped space behind the mb tray.

One last thing: I wish there was a consistent way to measure the cooling power of a case. Clearly, if we buy this one we'd stuff more fans into it. So how do you compare it with a case that has a bunch of fans? How do you compare it with another case that - like this Tt case - skimps on fans?
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# @ ehumeSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-09-07 22:55
"There isn't a great deal of room behind the motherboard tray but there is room for your 12v ATX cable and fan power cable"
I actually thought about you as I wrote this very sentence, seeing as you comment on it alot, there was no point in measuring the gap as there are no cable routing cut out's.
There is a 1cm gap behind the mobo tray, which, like I said, isn't gonna do a lot.
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# RE: Thermaltake Armor A90 VL90001W2Zehume 2010-09-08 18:06
Thanks for the measurement. 1cm.

Actually, there isn't really a need for additional mb tray cutouts, since the cpu window extends above the mb, as shown by the last photo on page 5. That extended cpu window provides all the function of a separate cutout. I wish more case manufacturers would do that.

But I get your point: it's real clear Tt has no plan for running wires up there beyond the ATX cable.
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# YuckFireBean 2010-09-12 10:04
It's still FUGLY. But there has to be some manufacture that makes tacky and ghetto stuff for the enthusiast that has not learned anything about have some class.
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