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Thermaltake Armor Revo

This computer case has come to replace Thermaltake's old-time bestseller Armor. Judging by the new name, we're up to a revolution of some kind. Let's see if Thermaltake can surprise us.

  

The aluminum wings on the sides of the front panel were a distinguishing feature of the old Armor, too. Their functional value is questionable, however, as is the aesthetic one.

This color scheme matches external devices not only with a white or black but also with a silvery front panel thanks to the wings. On the other hand, the wings themselves do not match the rest of the case, which is a questionable solution, especially as the old Armor (and the black version of the Armor Revo) has those wings painted the color of the body. Yes, white-painted aluminum doesn't impress, but why didn't they choose silver instead of white as the color of the whole case?

The wings can be removed easily. Each is held by just a couple of plastic holders.

The exterior seems somewhat incomplete without them, though.

The sculpted side panel covering the mainboard's mounting plate improves the appearance as well as robustness of the chassis but the Armor Revo would be robust enough even without such solutions because it has thick metallic panels.

The bottom view reveals huge feet and a large dust filter.

The feet can be turned around their axis and fixed with a click in intermediate positions with a step of 45 degrees. They are hard and cannot suppress vibrations but follow the style of the classic Armor.

The PSU bay filter is a mesh that doesn’t weaken the air flow much (compared to other types of dust filters) and additionally covers the optional bottom 120mm fan.

The buttons and I/O connectors are located on the protrusion in the top panel of the case, so you can only access them easily when the Armor Revo stands on the floor. Compared to the Level 10 GTS we've discussed above, there is additionally a dock station for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch disks, an eSATA port (its purpose is unclear considering the availability of the dock station), and a couple of buttons (to regulate the speed and highlighting of the fans).

The Power indicator is designed as a highlighted emblem on the front panel while the Disk indicator is placed in between the Power and Reset buttons, so it can hardly be read at all if the case stands on a desk.

So again, the buttons and connectors suggest that the Armor Revo is meant to stand somewhere beneath the user.

The accessories are gorgeous, including mounting screws, manuals, cable straps (single-use as well as reusable ones), a PC speaker, a silicone vibration-absorbing pad for the PSU bay, adapters to transform external 5.25-inch bays into 3.5-inch ones, and an extension cord for a CPU power cable.

Each type of fasteners is supplied in an individual pack, so you don’t have to pick up the screw you need out of a heap of fasteners of different types.

We must confess we couldn’t install the PSU together with the silicone pad. It just wouldn’t fit into its bay.

It is easy to take the front panel off as its fasteners are shaped differently than those of the Level 10 GTS. They are secured with a couple of screws each, so you can find a replacement if they get broken (the manufacturer might have included spare fasteners into the box, though).

 

It is necessary to take the front panel off often. Although the front fan’s filter is not fixed on the detachable façade, as in the Level 10 GTS, but is installed on the chassis opposite the fan, it is impossible to access it without removing the front panel.

 

The interior is roomy compared to the above-discussed products because it is a full tower case. It has six HDD bays with large enough gaps in between. Up to 330 mm of space is guaranteed for expansion cards. There are eight expansion slots on the back panel, which is important if you want to build a multi-GPU configuration out of three top-end graphics cards.

 
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