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Thermaltake Armor A30 SFF Chassis Review - The Build and Finished Product

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Build and Finished Product




Now we get into the sub-assemblies. The motherboard tray takes everything before you need to slide this into the A30. One thing to watch out for is that there is only 90mm of CPU cooler clearance.




I used the bottom hard drive install option, while the top slot would be cooled better by the intake fan; this image would look funny with the drive hanging upside down from the top of the rack.




For my testing needs, I just installed the DVD drive to the optical rack. I did play around with the 2.5" mounting system, and it seemed to fit well, but I removed it as I didn't need it for testing.




Last of the assemblies is as simple as screwing in four screws. Now that we have all the key players ready, let's start putting them all together.




Sliding the motherboard tray and hard drive rack back in gets things underway! At this time you are going to want to wire the motherboard from the I/O and get all the SATA cabling ready.




Then install the PSU assembly and the optical drive rack. The PSU rack took a bit of time to keep the wiring clean, but still both units went back into place with no issues.




All assembled and ready for power, nothing much in the front changes with this build except the addition of my rather beat up looking DVD drive.




The left side of the chassis gives you a very nice view of any graphics card or possibly even a look at you soundcard or network card depending on your specific needs.




One thing worth a mention in the back is the length of the USB 3.0 cable. While I had no issues getting it to connect, when you wire it cleanly as not to be seen in the window, it comes up a bit short.




Looking in through the window on this side you can get a peek at your air cooling and motherboard, all the way down to your first expansion card. If you plan a build with onboard solutions, you can see clean through this chassis once built.




Under power the A30 comes to life with an almost inaudible hum from the fans, but splashes around quite a bit of blue LED lighting from the front and top. I for one am very impressed!


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