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Thermaltake Armor A60 Chassis Review

By on January 14, 2011
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Decent chassis on a budget.

Good: Great cooling solution, Practical design, Stock fans run quiet, USB 3.0 support
Bad: USB 3.0 takes one slot from motherboard, SideClick HDD swap bays sticks out of chassis
Price: AED 699
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

One the main features of the Armor A60 is the front panel USB 3.0 port. This is nice and dandy, but it comes at the price of one of your rear USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard. I would have preferred a 4-pin motherboard connector as is the case with the USB 2.0 port since (almost) all motherboards that have USB 3.0 come with an onboard expansion slot.  Right now the USB 3.0 port on the front seems like a rather hastily developed solution, which may not be to the liking of many.

Apart from that, the Armor A60 also boasts one of the world’s first SideClick Easy Swap bay for 3.5″ HDD. This is actually a nifty feature if you’re into, you know, swapping your harddrives on a regular basis. One of the downsides to this is that your side panel will have the SideClick bay slightly popping out, which again, may or may not be a turn off for some people.

The Armor A60 has many 6 expansion slots for 3.5″ and 2.5″ HDDs which are secured using screws, while the three 5.25″ bays have a slide lock feature for easy installation. I would suggest that you install your HDDs first as getting the cables from the rear end could be a bit of challenge depending on your motherboard’s size and trying to do some proper cable management with the standard PSU wires (located at the bottom).

Looks wise the Thermaltake Armor A60 has a sort of stealth design going for it, with a full mesh grill front cut out in triangular shapes, while the fan slots have a honeycomb design to look good while lit with the fan LEDs. It’s not trying to be something over the top, it’s design is simplistic, if a bit awkward.

All in all the Thermaltake is a nicely designed chassis with great airflow on the stock fans, it’s quite, practical, and looks decent enough. The rear USB 3.0 slot takeout is a bit of a bummer, but something I can live with as most of the modern motherboards come with front 3.5″ USB 3.0 expansion bays anyways. For its price, this a very well built and practical chassis that should keep your gaming rig running smooth and quiet.

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  • Umer Shahab

    Can it fits those lengthy nvidia fermi cards on SLI??

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      The Armor A60 sup[ports up to a max of 305mm which is about 12 inches. The GTX 480 measures about 10.5 inches. So yeah, they should fit in nicely.

  • Umer Shahab

    Can it fits those lengthy nvidia fermi cards on SLI??

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