Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box
24 September 2012
Conclusion: Reviewing the Thermaltake Armor A30 puts me in an odd position, because as I mentioned in the intro, this is a case that's nightmarish to assemble but very good at its job once it's together. I'm left with very mixed feelings about what Thermaltake has done here, and I think any reader should be, too.
Excerpt: This is the new Armor A30 case from Thermaltake. The A30 is a micro-ATX case that features a modular design that is built for gaming. This case has windows on either side and is small enough for Lanparties. You will see in this review that this case has lots of features for its size. With this type of case you do need to plan your build out a little more, but that’s to be expected.
Summary: If you are looking for a small form factor case to take to LAN parties or just to save space, the Armor A30 is a great option. It has the features that are needed in an enthusiast level case, including a USB 3.0 port, SSD support, room for multiple hard drives, a removable motherboard tray, and even support for long video cards.
On the surface, all the features in the Armor A30 make for an impressive Micro-ATX case.
Pros: » Small and very portable, » Easy to install, » Support 2.5" drives, » Quiet fans, » Partially tool-free, » USB 3.0
Cons: » No handle, » Does not support all long video cards, » Low profile CPU cooler required
Excerpt: Thermaltake's mATX entry in the Armor series, the A30, is an interesting and robust case targeted at gamers who occasionally may wish to schlep their machines to a lan party or other gaming event. It has, however, proved to be a mixed bag when subjected to performance testing.
Conclusion: I really liked the Armor A90 when it was reviewed , and my opinion of it has only improved over time. The Armor A30 is another top-notch product in the series. While its assembly quirks can be a little difficult to work with at first, those are quickly overcome. The price may be a little steep, but considering the combination of features and its build quality the cost is worth it.
Summary: The Thermaltake Armor A30 MATX case is a pretty decent choice for people looking for a good quality case to pack to a LAN, but don't want to bother with a large mid-tower or full-tower beast. It has great high-quality construction, tons of front connectivity, supports USB 3.0 is quiet with great airflow and is quite modular. The major downside to this is the fact that it requires a lot of screws to make this happen.
Pros: Sleek little MATX Chassis, Room for large graphics cards, Supports lots of drives, Decent cooling setup, Removable Motherboard tray, Modular design
Cons: Tedious to work in, Lots of screws to keep things rigid, Open holes with negative pressure will suck in dust, Sides don't come off for easier access - all done through the top
Excerpt: The Thermaltake A30 is the latest in the highly successful Armor series and with this case Thermaltake is targeting hardcore gamers with a Small Form Factor (SFF) design. As a LAN party fanatic I have tried on several occasions to make a SFF case work for the portability advantages with mixed success. The A30 hopes to win me over with a slightly larger chassis and the ability to run full size components, even today's top video cards.