Up front, the A30i Speed Edition is a great looking chassis that will stick out in the crowd. While not much has changed in two years, the frame is rigid when the components are removed, the simplicity in the way the modular sections are installed and removed makes it a pleasure to install in, and even with some tiny fans at play in this design, the noise level is tolerable for a gaming rig. However, I would not suggest using this for an HTPC setup; it is just too loud for that environment. The play of black trim on the bright red color of this chassis also makes this an easy choice for themed builds, especially with all of the black and red products that are flooding the market.
The things I did not care for are pretty straight forward. The lack of dust filters in a chassis these days is pretty lame. I mean, even the cheapest of the cheap $40 cases try to offer these for intakes. Although this does promote better air flow than cases that offer them, you also have to deal with the aftermath, of tearing everything apart to clean, rather than simply pulling a filter and running it under the sink. As for the design and features, it is still relevant to today's market, but I would have expected more changes to give a reason for the "i" at the end of the name. In reality, this is more of a rerelease of the same product with a bit of extra flair to it.
I feel that if you can locate this chassis in the realm of $90 U.S. dollars (like the listings I had found); the Armor A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube is an original looking design that will definitely get you noticed at a LAN event. As for those who plan to use this day in and day out, keep in mind that you will need to address the dust in some fashion, and you may even want to swap out the blue LED fans all together. Not only would red fans look better, but I do also think you could get this chassis near silent with the right choice of fans to place in here.
In the end, I do like this chassis, but I think Thermaltake could have done better with two years of time between chassis and the Armor A30 we saw then.
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- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermaltake Armor A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube]
- Page 5 [Inside the Armor A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube]
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- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
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- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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