Thermaltake Armor A90 case £75

15th Jul 2010 | 09:57

Thermaltake Armor A90 case

Get some major airflow with Thermaltake's cooling case

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

Good quality build and serious cooling, affordable to more than just overclocking fanatics

Like:

Ultra-cool airflow; Solidly built; Enjoyably silly appearance

Dislike:

Not for the fat-handed

Thermaltake Armor A90 case - Overview

If you're going to use a bunch of Thermaltake parts to build your system, it makes sense to start with a Thermaltake case. It's is a well-respected name among the high-performance PC crowd and its fans, PSUs and cooling equipment has earned it go-to-guy status for overclocking enthusiasts.

The Armor A90, like Corsair's 700D and CoolerMaster's HAF X, is a case aimed squarely at the high-end gaming and modding market and features two 120mm fans at the front and rear and a gargantuan 200mm top-mounted fan, creating an airflow to rival a wind tunnel.

Such breezy delights are to be expected from a brand like Thermaltake, who made its name in cooling, but the Armor A90 is more than just a box of fans.

A case priced in the same mid-range bracket of the Armor A90 needs to impress on the basis of aesthetics performance and functionality to stand out from the crowd, and Thermaltake certainly hasn't made a wallflower of a case in the Armor A90.

Thermaltake Armor A90 case - Verdict

Thermaltake armor a90 case

First, all those fans. One might expect that a case crammed with as many huge fans as the Armor A90 will have compromised noise levels.

And one would be correct.

This is not the quietest case on the market, and that shouldn't be shocking. It's worth mentioning that it isn't the loudest either, and when stopping to ponder just how much air is whooshing through the thing, it's clear that Thermaltake has pitched the compromise correctly.

The A90 packs big fans, makes a big visual statement, but in its entirety it actually isn't that big.

The drive bays are pleasantly unobtrusive in the inner case, but if you're trying to fit two large graphics cards in an SLI setup there isn't much room for manoeuvre. There is a handy cutaway section in the backplate, however, for fitting those fiddly cradles for CPU coolers.

In terms of visual appeal, the Armor A90 pitches its tent unabashedly in the 'macho futuristic military equipment' camp.

It's the same combination of aggressive angles, LEDs and wire mesh we see from many manufacturers at this price range, and while the Armor A90 in particular shouldn't be lambasted for its aesthetic sensibilities, would there be anything wrong with, say, a white PC case?

Or a chassis that didn't look like there might conceivably be an Action Man living inside?

Its appearance is entirely subjective of course, and what you really have to ask yourself is: 'Do I spend all day dreaming I have the nanosuit from Crysis?'

If the answer's yes, you've found the PC chassis of your dreams in the Thermaltake Armor A90.

Actually, a less ridiculous question to ask yourself might be: 'What's more important – cooling or noise levels?' Because it's clearly the cooling crowd that Thermaltake have made the Armor A90 for.

We liked:

The price and build quality make the Armor A90 an attractive prospect for any PC enthusiast though, and it's really only those with particularly bulky or excessive components who could find cause for grumble here.

The blue LED lighting has its charm, despite being vaguely silly, and it's reassuringly sturdy despite all its vents and mesh.

We disliked:

The uncompromising aesthetic may put some people off and the huge amount of fans might well drive the quiet crowd slightly mad.

There's also not a lot of room for manoeuvre inside when you're sticking in those all-important components.

Final word:

Good quality build and serious cooling, affordable to more than just overclocking fanatics.

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