- Brand Name: Thermaltake
- Model Number: VM70001W2Z
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Form Factor: Mid Tower
- Supported Motherboard: ATX
Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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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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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).Read more ›
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.
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.
So the good:
* It's sharp looking
* It's small
* Slide-out motherboard tray is cool
* Lots of ventilation
* USB 3 port in front
* 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At the time that this originally came out, it was one of the few SFF cases around, and one of the only Micro-ATX varieties. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Incoherent Drivel
Have built two computers using this case--very compact, yet not aggravatingly so. Well ventilated.Published 6 months ago by Herman T.
Has a nice design and room for larger graphics cards. Default front and rear fans aren't that great but once replaced cools pretty well. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by D. Richardson
it is quite small, sometimes making it hard to work with, but it is really a nice case for small systems.Published on March 7, 2014 by Xerxia
I bought this case for a home theater PC build. It is a very well built case that is easy to setup and configure. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Max Power
December 2013 UPDATE: If you need two DVRWs and two HDDs consider the Silverstones. If you can get around with just one DVRW and plan using at least one SSD plus a couple of... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by MP
Installing parts on this is a pain in the butt. There aren't any tool-less compartments. The cooling is pathetic. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by J. Washington
It fits perfectly into my shelf. I gutted my old system and everything fits perfectly. The fans provide fantastic cooling for closed in spaces and everything is very accessible... Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Jason A. Cole