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Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Supports ultra-high performance graphic card from AMD/ATI or NVIDIA (e.g. Radeon HD5870 or GeForce GTX 580) up to 13.0" in length
  • Full-tower performance cooling capability in a manageable small form factor chassis.
  • Perforated PCI slot brackets further accelerates hot air removal from the chassis to ensure maximum cooling.
  • Uniquely designed side panel covers on two sides not only allow enthusiast to showcase the internal component
  • USB 3.0 port conveniently located on the front bezel enables blazing-fast file transfer. Up to ten times faster than USB 2.0.
  • Oversized 230mm blue LED exhaust fan, front 90mm blue LED intake fan and two rear 60mm fan included.
  • But also allows additional breathing room for the high-performance graphic card and processor.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Thermaltake
  • Model Number: VM70001W2Z
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Form Factor: Mid Tower
  • Supported Motherboard: ATX
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Product Description

The entirely black ARMOR A30 sports the familiar "bulletproof" armor design concept with metal mesh elements lending the ARMOR series an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and enthusiasts alike. The top and front blue LED-fans enhance the overall combat ambience. It's small dimensions of 266 (H) x 291 (W) X 456 (D) cm make it an ideal solution for small form factor systems (Micro ATX and mini ITX), while still allowing for enough room to house the most powerful graphics cards available on the market today (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA GTX460). Demanding LAN party goers can now set up a truly powerful gaming machine that is still small enough to be portable and stylish at the same time. Optimized multimedia connectivity is provided for by one USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, one USB 2.0 and one eSATA connector as well as HD Audio, all integrated in the left front panel for easiest access. Safely located on the right front panel are the power button and the recessed reset button. This way all important function keys and connectors are quickly reachable right from your seat and you don't need to mess around at the back of your case. Furthermore, a special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboard ensures that you'll always stay in arms and competitors at LAN parties won't take them away. As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 23 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 9 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with light-effects. Two more 6 cm fans in the back additional increase overall air circulation.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 20.5 x 14 x 13 inches
Item Weight 18.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 18.9 pounds
Item model number VM70001W2Z
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3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,509 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Computer Cases
Date first available at Amazon.com January 2, 2010

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Pros: Not too bad to install, this is my 3rd computer to ever build myself (first two were mid-tower gaming rigs). Everything fits pretty easily, but MAKE sure you get a modular power supply. It will really help you out.

Cons: HUGE flaw if you have a high-end video card and the wrong mobo. Depending on the type of micro-atx board you buy, if you install a video card longer than about 9 inches, it will actually hit the external 3.5" drive cage (I use a Radeon 6970, which is 10.5"). Therefore, I was not able to put that cage back on the case while using my 6970. Thankfully, I am using 2 Samsung Spinpoint F3s so I did not need any of the drive bays, etc. This effectively let me have only 2 drives... I also booted windows 7 with a USB to avoid needing a DVD drive. If I can figure a way to at least cut off just the external drive bay, it will be nice. Otherwise, I might have to either get a new MoBo or Case.

Other Thoughts: Although I ran into the trouble, it gets the 4 stars instead of 5 because it isn't actually compatible with some of the mainstream AMD motherboards so that's a major hit on them.

EDIT (3/4/2011): I am ordering a new mobo with a different slot settings. Hopefully this one will work better (and I may update the stars). I'll keep this page updated.

EDIT (3/13/2011): I have successfully installed the new motherboard with the correct back-side slots. It works perfectly now. I was able to fit the cage in with a DVD burner also. It did cause my average motherboard temp to rise by a few degrees Celsius, but that is because of the reduced air flow in the case. I have also figured out that you can indeed install 2 Radeon 6970's in crossfire with the MSI 890GXM-G65 (link here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B5NO5E).
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Why weren't computer cases designed like this before? This case is fantastic because it takes a small form factor ATX motherboard, but takes a regular power supply, a regular video card, and can still manage to hold two (2) 5.25" drives (optical), three (3) 3.5" drives (hard disk drives), and two (2) 2.5" drives (solid state drives).

All other towers on the market tower over this one with unused, wasted space and weight. Alternatively, other small form factor cases are too small and space too squeezed. This particular case is JUST RIGHT for almost everyone! There is plenty of cooling and room for air flow. Gamers, fear not -- this is the case that you will love.
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I bought this case not intending to use for a Gaming machine, but just because of its mATX form factor and the nice sturdy design. I was not fooled at all by the quality of this case.. Everything is built solid from the bottom to the top. The only complaints I have about the case are the limiting space for an after market cpu cooler between the cpu socket and the power supply. You are limited to 90mm in height. Also the case comes with several fans, yet they are are all non-standard sizes (2x60mm, 1x90mm, 1x230mm) This is sufficient cooling for the case, yet it makes the job a bit difficult if you are wanting to add a radiator cooler to the unit -no mount for 120mm fan :( Inside the case is a tight fit, but what do you expect from a small microATX case? Other than that, every other aspect of the case is GREAT! Some people have said they think it is ugly, I think it is awesome looking myself, but we all have our opinions. The slide out motherboard tray is very convenient as well. They didn't skimp on the option for internal hard drives either.. Plenty of drive bays in this little thing!

I might add that you will definitely want to use a modular power supply with this case, because the very tiny size inside will be a terrible headache sorting through wires if you have a standard ATX power supply.

This is a great looking case, made from tough material. I'm very happy i chose this case!!

** I might add that if you are looking for a htpc / sff case, this one isn't one you will hide away easily, it's not as small as I figured it would be, and it is quiet heavy as well.
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This case is, in every way, utterly epic. It has all the features of a larger gaming tower; a small profile, usb 3.0, built in 2.5 bays, and it all dissasembles into peices to make install of hardware a breeze. My favorite thing about this case is that it looks original, nobody I know has a case that looks even remotely like it. It is a sturdy upgrade able platform, I definitely remocend this case to gamers. If you are wondering what you can put in it I have a ROG mini motherboard, a Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt , 16 gigs of corsair ram, two solid states, an I5 2500k proscescor with the stock cooler (The case has great airflow so it never breaks 35*C), and a Radeon HD 6870.
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I like this case. When assembled, it's small, nice looking and quiet. And I didn't have the trouble assembling it some others did. I did choose components for compactness though.

So the good:
* It's sharp looking
* It's small
* Slide-out motherboard tray is cool
* Lots of ventilation
* USB 3 port in front

The mediocre:
* Needs better documentation
* Cable management could be better
* Has three integrated fans, but ALL use standard peripheral power connectors...
* which means they are not variable speed and cannot be motherboard controlled...
* and means you lose some benefit of a modular power supply since connectors are needed for the case.
* The internal secondary drive bay is a PITA.
* The typical motherboard USB connector is a 19 pin. You NEED this part: Silverstone Tek 19 Pin USB3.0 Adapter Cable - External to Internal (CP09). Bookmark it. It doesn't come with the case, which expects a normal USB connector.

Still, build time was quick, the look is good and it all works.

I did choose components for size, including Crucial Ballistix Tactical Low Profile RAM, SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W for it's small size (turned out to be overkill with Haswell and SSDs as I seldom top 140W even with the Radeon 8900), and (shorter PSU cables). That may have helped.
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