Specifications, Availability and Pricing
For such a small chassis measuring in at eleven and a half inches wide, eighteen inches deep, and only ten and a half inches tall, this fifteen pound chassis has a lot to offer. On the outside there is a large plastic bezel with access to two 5.25" drives and a floppy drive once the appropriate bay covers are removed. At the bottom of the front you will find a mesh area backed by fans with the power, reset button, and activity LEDs at the bottom. Flanking both sides are large ventilated areas to allow for a better intake of cold air passively, while at the back there is a large window in both sides of the A30. This chassis also features a removable top, and a motherboard tray that slides out to give you access to the hard drive rack, the PSU rack, and the optical drive rack. Not only will the optical drive rack hold the three drives I covered, it also offers additional space for two 2.5" drives as well.
Cooling this Gaming Cube wasn't an afterthought, Thermaltake had this planned out from the start. In the front acting as the intake to cool the drives and front of the motherboard Thermaltake uses 90mm fans with blue LEDs. The removable top has a 230mm fan installed in it and acts as an exhaust for all the heat from large GPUs and overclocked processors. The rear of the chassis sports a pair of 60mm fans to help exhaust the heat from the phase area and draw the air out from the CPU cooler. All five of these fans are rated for 18 dBA or less, so along with the pretty lighting, the A30 should be pretty silent during operation.
Picking up on some of the key features around the Exterior, we can't forget the front I/O. This chassis offers easy connectivity on the left side of the front of the A30. You not only get the typical USB 2.0 and audio connectivity, but Thermaltake also includes a USB 3.0 port with a cable that reaches out the rear of the chassis so it can be powered via the rear I/O. while I am now at the rear of the chassis, I might as well cover the fact that the A30 also offers room for up to four expansion cards. So you have room for a serious graphics card with a dual slot cooler, and still have room for a wireless adapter and a soundcard. While this chassis might not blend in with the living room decor, the silence of operation and connectivity and expansion options make it a great HTPC candidate as well.
Thermaltake has made this chassis widely available since the time of its release. As I look this chassis up via Google, I see that Thermaltake has set the MSRP at $119.99, and that in itself is a great deal for what all gets packed into this small space. There are only a few places asking the full MSRP, and it just so happens that Newegg.com is asking $119.99 and there is still an additional $10 to ship the chassis. If you are a bit more frugal in your purchases you can find it for better deals. For instance, ExcaliburPC has the chassis for $104 delivered, so you can save a few dollars if you do a bit of homework first. With forty-two retail hits, I have to say you should have no trouble finding the A30 Gaming Cube.