Thermaltake Cases Are Suitable For Everyone’s Budget (Part 6)

6/3/2013 11:31:24 AM

The inside is pretty spacious compared to the products mentioned above because it’s a tower-shape computer case. It has hard drive slots with large enough space between each. There’s a space of up to 330 mm ensured for the expansion cards. There are 8 expansion slots at the back of the case, which is very important if you want to build a configuration with lots of GPUs besides 3 high-end graphics cards.

HDD slots

HDD slots

There’s a 3-pin connector at the bottom of the chassis.

Side-fan connection

Side-fan connection

It’s in charge of providing power to the side fan. It’s a useful solution that helps to protect the connectors and the cables of the fan against any damage when users remove the side panel.

Similar to this method, we have seen the type of side-fan connection at Element G model with the more affordable price than of Thermaltake.

The side panels can be closed easily.

The disk slot is compatible to both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch devices.

Slots and hard drive

Slots and hard drive

However, unlike the disk slots of the aforementioned computer cases, the disk slots of Armor Revo are reasonably cooled off. The bottom of each bay contacts to each other while the sides only take half the height of a 3.5-inch drive.

The quick-fastening screws for the 5.25-inch devices on the expansion slots seem efficient and a little more reliable than the products mentioned above.

If you want to fasten your connection device as tight as you want, you can use the screws for both of its sides. You can even use the quick-fastening screws for this process.

PSU position

PSU position

PSU can be fixed by a metal plate at the bottom of the case.

The dedicated cable compartment is deep. The side of the case can easily close even on a heap of cables.

The position of the CPU cooler

The position of the CPU cooler

The cut-out part for the CPU cooler is the largest among the computer cases we discussed today. It will certainly be spacious enough regardless of where the CPU socket of the motherboard sits.

The opening for the CPU power cable is big, but this cable itself can be stuck in the blades of the fan which sits on the top.

It’s pretty easy to install a computer configuration into an Armor Revo except for the opening which was mentioned before about the CPU power cable.

The ventilation outside the box is the most innovated point among the product mentioned in this review. It includes 3 200mm fans (an exhaust one on the roof of the case, and intake ones at the front and side) and an exhaust 140mm fan on the back. The front and top fan have prominent blue and can be deactivate.

The 200mm fan is connected to a separate system where its outstanding speed and system are controlled by buttons on the front panel. At low mode the 200mm fan rotates at the speed of 580-640 RPM. Their high speeds are 770-840 RPM, depending on the specialized fans.

Connected to the motherboard at silent mode, the 140mm fan works at 800 RPM.

Armor Revo operates silently at low fan speed, but they start emitting sound when they rotate at high speed. The fans won’t remember the final speed level which they’re controlled and always start up at low speed.

The default ventilation system advanced enough, but it can be enhanced more by installing a 120mm fan at the bottom of the chassis and a 140mm fan on the top. You can also place a heatsink of the liquid cooling system on the top, instead of the fan.

Image of completely installed product

Image of completely installed product

The installing method of Armor Revo seems imposing, but the silver wings don’t seem suitable for the white color of the body. The black version of this product, in which the wings have the same color as the body, looks more harmonious.


·         Stunning exterior appearance

·         Easy to install

·         Good dust-resistant ability

·         The ventilation system outside the box works effectively

·         The stops for the 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives

·         USB 3.0.


·         The colors of the decorative wings don’t match the color of the body on the white version of the product.

·         Not optimized for the installing position on the desk

·         Noisy front fan

Thermaltake Armor Revo’s technical specs

·         Dimensions, mm: 254x586x552

·         Compatibility: ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX

·         Exterior slots: 4x5.25”

·         Interior slots: 6x3.5”/2.5”

·         External ports: 2x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; 1x eSATA; 2 audio jacks; 2.5”/3.5” docking station

·         Fan: 3x200 mm; 1x140 mm

Test and testing method

We tested the system cases which are installed at unchanged environment temperature of 23°C and maintained by an air conditioner. Because we suppose that most of computer users prefer lower noise level, we set the CPU and system fan speed (connecting through a 3-pin connector of the motherboard) at silent mode (the quietest mode in BIOS of the motherboard). If a system case has its own speed controller, we will also adjust it to the min speed. We don’t change the default configuration of the air flows which are decided by the design of the system case.

The following accessories are fitted into each system case:

·         Intel Core 2 Duo E6850  (3.00 GHz) processor

·         Zalman CNPS9500 AT cooler

·         ASUS P5E Socket 775(Intel X38) motherboard

·         Western Digital Raptor WD740GD hard drive (74 GB, 3.5”, 10,000 RPM, SATA)

·         3 Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD hard drive (3.5”, 10,000 RPM, SATA)

·         2GB DDR2-800 SDRAM Patriot PDC24G6400LLK memory (PC6400, 800 MHz, CL4)

·         HIS HD 3870 IceQ3 Turbo H387Q512NP graphics card(Radeon HD 3870)

·         OCZ OCZ-ZS550W (550 W)

·         Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit SP1 OS

We test the system cases with the attached power supply, if any. If there’s no other regulations, the hard drives are listed in the order of their positions from the top hard drive slot downward without having any gap.

The CPU temperature is measured by Core Temp 0.99.8. The HDD, GPU and motherboard temperatures are measured by CPUID Hardware Monitor. The fan speed is measured by a Velleman DTO2234 optical tachometer. There are the testing modes as follows:

·         Idle

·         IOMeter (IOMeter’s Access Time test running on all the HDDs to load them fully)

·         Linpack (Linpack-based Intel Burn Test 2.5 runs in the stress test mode, loading both CPU cores; we show you the peak temperature of the hottest CPU core in the diagrams)

·         MSI Kombustor (full-screen mode, DirectX 9 rendering, 1280x1024 with 8x MSAA, Xtreme burn-in; we show you the peak temperature of the hottest CPU core in the diagrams)

Each level of temperature is recorded after the system has been working for half an hour at current testing mode. The following table shows the temperature of the components if the system is installed without the partition ("opening testing system ").

Recorded temperatures of the accessories

Recorded temperatures of the components

The noise level is subjectively reviewed.

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