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Thermaltake VA8000 Series "Armor" Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 15, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake


Moving to the side of the case shows a new design in window effect. It is a 3-window design but is done with a single piece of Plexiglas. While this may seem a tricky way to do the effect, it is actually better since there are not air inlets between the windows. You're cooling will go from the front of the case to the rear with no unfiltered intake from the side panel. You can, of course, add a side fan at a later time if you feel like customizing the design even more.


The side panel is held closed by two latches that surround the center window. These latches are easy to manipulate and offered no problems with opening the enclosure. For those who have a desire to secure the case, the top latch has a locking mechanism included.



Moving to the backside of the case gives us an almost normal appearance, but there are a couple of things to make note of.



The first thing you'll notice is that the power supply mounts in a different position than you're probably accustomed to. This allows a couple of things to happen. First, the sideways mounted alignment gives you the open space to toss in another 90mm fan next to the power supply. Second, it opens the door for future BTX compatibility, but I'll talk a little more about that in a bit.


You'll also note the small circles next to the power supply. These are removable tabs that allow tubing for your water cooling system to be routed to the exterior of the case. We first saw this in the Shark series of enclosure, and since water cooling is getting more and more popular, Thermaltake decided to continue the trend of adding this feature for those who need it. Also included in the goody box are plastic grommets that protect your tubing when it is routed outside the case. The cutouts are approx 5/8" in diameter (about 16mm), so will be compatible with either 3/8" or 1/2" tubing. I wouldn't recommend running a 5/8" OD tube as you wouldn't be able to use the plastic grommet to protect the plastic.



The top of the case features a largish oval shaped design that works as both an exhaust vent and a hiding place for those extra I/O ports. The venting is handled by another 90mm fan mounted under the rear portion of the molding. The I/O ports are tucked away under the small circular door toward the front.



Here they are a bit closer. Nothing out of the ordinary here; you get a pair of USB ports (2.0 of course), a IEEE1394 Firewire port, a speaker/headphone jack and a port for a microphone. Given the height of this enclosure, a top mounted I/O might cause problems, but I found it to work very well and even was able to access with the case sitting under a desk.


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