Conclusion: The Thermaltake Armor A90 turned out to be a very impressive case. The overall look, with the angled lines and blue LED fans, won us over. The wire management was new to us, with the solution being to the side of the HDD bay, instead of behind the motherboard. At first we were skeptical, but after getting to toy with it during installation, we found it to be just as beneficial as routing cables behind the motherboard tray.
Conclusion: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Thermaltake Armor A90 a rating out of 10, a high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a PC case reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews that may have got a lower score, it is however a good indicator of whether the product is good or not.
Pros: Very nice design, Good airflow, Plenty of room for installation, Effective cable management, Build quality, Bottom mounted PSU, Effective air intake filter, Mount for 2.5" drive, Motherboard installation simplified, Painted interior, Watercooling friendly, Three good security features
Cons: PSU installation is made more difficult and time consuming, PSU air intake filter is sub-par, Drive bay tool free catches are kind of pointless
Conclusion: Thermaltake's Armor A90 is a good-looking gaming case that's hampered by its inability to hold oversized videocards such as the ATI Radeon HD 5970. If you don't use cards of that length (and are never planning to), the Armor A90 may well have you covered.
Pros: Sharp lines and asymmetric design give case an attractive appearance. Hole cut in motherboard tray allows mounting a CPU cooler from beneath.
Cons: Cannot fit longest video cards on the market. Front-panel ports are USB 2.0 only. PSU support bracket can be tricky to move. Semi-tool-free construction. Does not include brackets for installing 2.5-inch drives in 3.5-inch bays.
Conclusion: The Armor A90 case from Thermaltake retails for under $100. For that price you get some advanced features including water-cooling compatible holes, bottom mounted PSU, tool-less drive installation and more. Aesthetically, the case with its all black interior and exterior screams excellent design and craftsmanship. The inclusion of four USB 2.0 ports and external SATA on the FP I/O are more indications of an excellent design.
Summary: The Thermaltake Armor A90 performed as expected, posting decent thermal numbers while idle and under load. The bundled fans pushed a lot of air and did so with minimal noise, resulting in a quiet very operation.
The Thermaltake Armor A90 is a lot more attractive in person than the promotional photos show. This isn't the first time I have seen cases which aren't very photogenic but are very striking once you see them in person.
Pros: Excellent and durable build quality., Spacious interior., Tool-free drive installation., Tool-free panel removal via thumbscrews., 2.5" drive mounting option., Extra PSU security mounts., High-Airflow design., Bundled low noise fans., Side panel window (albeit small), Peripheral and side panel security for LAN party gaming., Pre-punched watercooling holes., Support for aftermarket heatsinks up to 180mm tall.
Cons: Very little cable management options., Larger enthusiast GPUs will not fit if the 3.5" drive bays are completely populated., Solid front panel door negates the point of having meshed drive bay covers., No option to disable fan LEDs.
Summary: The overall design is not overwhelming but it is also not a “cookie cutter” that can suit anyone. It will be up to individual’s own judgment. The consistent coloring from inside and out gives it extra professional look and I believe in gaming case design world this is a must. Usually these types of computer builds will be shown off and it looks many times more impressive.
Excerpt: The days of window-less and beige PC cases are over and the age of aluminum, steel, mesh, acrylic, and LEDs reign supreme in today's mid-tower PC case market. Thermaltake has taken this evolution in case design a step further with the Armor A90 by adding multiple dimensions that create a stylish and revolutionary 3D surface that should appeal to gamers and PC enthusiasts.
Summary: If you're in the market for an affordable mid-tower case that has cool styling and great build quality, the Thermaltake Armor A90 Case might just be what you are looking for. This case has lots of drive bays, plenty of fans, a hole on the motherboard tray, tooless drives and a black interior.