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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


What's this? You say you just have to have more hard drives? No problem, just make use of this extra hard drive storage area toward the rear of the case. It will hold 3 more hard drives and also has a 90mm exhaust fan directly behind it to help keep those drives cool.


Ah, but you think that exhausting the hot air from inside the case won't help?


Consider this. When a case has proper airflow, the interior of the enclosure does not get that much higher than ambient. While the temperatures will indeed rise a bit, it won't be hot enough that it won't aid in cooling the hard drives mounted in this drive bay. The flow of air over the HDD will still be plenty to make sure your system runs just as it should.


Another consideration is that there is more exhaust than intake. This isn't as big an issue as it normally would be since the entire front of the enclosure is set up for airflow, but with all the air being "sucked" out of the case, you will keep ambient temperatures within the box at a level where cooling should be little concern.



In keeping with the "tool-free" concept, Thermaltake has gone with an older design PCI retention system. While only my opinion, I think this is one of the better designs since you can easily activate only the clamps you need and they don't get in the way of tall peripherals. Some of their other designs don't like tall cards, and still others require you to disassemble the entire PCI rail to get at even a single card. This one is very simple and durable. Lets take a little closer look at the way it works.



Simply raise the appropriate clamp and remove the PCI cover plate. Once you install your peripheral, slide the clamp back down and snap it lightly into place. You're done.



Early on I had made mention of the top exhaust fan. It is "only" a 90mm variety but adds to the overall exhaust capacity of the enclosure. This effect will force you to clean those front filters regularly, but they will also provide a case layout that will give ample airflow without a large amount of noise.


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