In the end, whether you are on a mission to find a small chassis for your next LAN event, or a mid-tower takes up too much valuable space on your desk, give the Thermaltake Armor A30 a real good "once over". I think you will be pleasantly shocked at the amount of hardware you can pack into this Gaming Cube chassis and still end up with a very attractive end result. I know my build didn't max out the capacity of what this chassis can handle, but I will say even with what I did install I would have no issues occupying and wiring power to all the bays. There is enough room to get all the parts in and if done carefully, you don't even see any of the wiring through the windows.
The only downfall of the case to me was the length of the USB 3.0 cable. While I could have easily wired it another way, I feel it took from the finished look to have to drape the cable across the graphics card and motherboard to allow it to connect. The chassis has a nice "trench" for the wiring to pass below the motherboard, under the window on the left of the chassis. To me the wiring almost routed itself there, and when it came up a bit short, it left me with one word in my head. Seriously?!
Once I turned on the A30, I soon forgot about my wiring issue as I was lulled into happiness with the lack of noise emanating from the chassis. With the hardware I ran in the build, the stock cooler left the CPU a bit warm, but nothing a Samuel17 or similar cooler couldn't resolve. The GTS450 ran right where it always does, so the passive mesh on the sides and the included fans offer this small chassis very sufficient airflow for this type of chassis. Now, had I used a larger GPU, and they do fit, as this chassis can hold up to thirteen inches of graphics awesomeness! I will say if you plan to add a new dual GPU solution or plan to run SLI or Crossfire, I saw that this chassis is plenty capable of keeping temperatures well within specs. Don't let its small size fool you; this is a very capable little gaming cube.
For right around $100 what more could you want in this chassis? Capabilities of housing a serious gaming rig with all the latest hardware, windows on both sides to make others jealous, and the cooling glow of blue LEDs. I for one like the odd looking angles and the unique exterior designs. The fact that this chassis can hold so much and still be compact and portable, while not falsely representing an Easy Bake oven won me over. I've got to hand it to Thermaltake with this one; they really did a fine job with the A30. I mentioned our friends over at Newegg.com are getting the full MSRP of $119.99 plus $9.99 in shipping. With a bit of homework, this chassis can be had for $25 less, making this a very attractive product for the pricing.
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