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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



After all is said and done, we have a Thermaltake case that has stuck with some of the tried and true features that we all love, and also some new innovations that bring a new light to customization. Whether you're looking for a storage fiesta or just want to be able to create a killer enthusiast rig with no worries about cooling, the Armor series has something for just about everyone.


Though I did not make mention of the size before, it measures in at a hefty 530mm x 220mm x 560mm. It is made of 1.0mm aluminum and weighs a meager 7.5Kg (just over 16 pounds for those non-metric folks). There is also a steel version in black for those that want twice the weight, but I saw no use for it, as this thing is very sturdy.


As far as price is concerned, the Armor series enclosure in aluminum form can be found for as low as US$170. While this may seem a bit high, it is right in line for performance series cases and really isn't out of line at all. Add into the equation the available upgrade kit for the BTX standard and you have a good deal all around.


While it may seem that I paint a rosy picture of this enclosure, it isn't without its faults. They are few but need to be mentioned so you can have as complete a picture as possible of what you're getting into. Even though this case is on the large size, it still doesn't have a removable motherboard tray. Even in large cases, this is a good feature that is unfortunately missing from the Armor series design. I also made note earlier of the near useless front doors. They are basically made for looks since functionality seems to be a bit lacking. This may or may not be important to you, but you'll not have a door to hide off-color drives behind.


Other than these minor issues, the Thermaltake Armor series enclosure has a lot of promise and a huge amount of innovation. I have no qualms at all about recommending this case for just about anybody.


Bottom line... If you've been wanting to get into a new enclosure but have been waiting to see if this new BTX standard is going to take off, you now have no reason to wait. With a feature list that reads well beyond most competitors and a future-proof design that allows you to make the move to BTX when it becomes available, you're in for a pleasant surprise with the Thermaltake Armor series case.


- Pros


Fully customizable design


Tool-free design for most components


Excellent cooling comes standard


All intakes are filtered


Upgradeable to BTX


- Cons


No removable motherboard tray


Front doors panels have limited usability


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's MUST HAVE Best Features Award!



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