Thermaltake Armor+ MX Chassis
|Thermaltake Armor+ MX Chassis|
|Features, Specs and Closer Look|
|Closer Look Inside and Installation|
|Summary and Final Thoughts|
Thermaltake is probably best known for their CPU coolers and their Computer Cases. They have been around since modded cases were cool and even before that with their "Orb" coolers that made them famous. When the started making computer cases, they were consider some of the best gaming chassis around and the Xaser series won a lot of attention in the community. Today we are looking at the latest case in the Armor series - the Armor+ MX and are going to find out what is new and exciting about this case. We'll take a close look and see how its layout affects usability as I've been quite disappointed with the difficulties discovered with some Thermaltake cases in the past. Hopefully the Armor+ is just that - a plus.
About Thermaltake - Values & Principles:
While Thermaltake doesn't need much of an introduction, we'll still post the company's Values and Principles as stated on their website. They outline what the company stands and strives for.
- While still a relatively young company, established in 1999, Thermaltake is built on unwavering will and dedication to address issues and innovate at the same time for computer enthusiasts and corporate users worldwide.
- With strong support of Research & Development team standing behind the brand, Thermaltake is committed to never-follow but always-lead.
- In past decades, the industrial and technological advancements in different fields have shaped the world we live in today and have also made a big impact on the environment. Thermaltake takes great measures to ensure the product that we produce relieve these impacts by being first to act on 80 PLUS® specification for computer power supply that greatly reduces the amount of electricity that a computer consumes.
- Always striving to be the best, we continuously benchmark our performance against the very best internally and externally.
- Customers are our greatest asset and Thermaltake does not take that for granted. That is why Thermaltake is the industry leading in customer service and customer support with around-the-clock automated product return service.
Armor+ MX Packaged for Freshness:
You can see by checking out the pictures of the Thermaltake Armor+ MX box above, the Armor+ MX comes is a pretty large box covered with nice graphics and typical Thermaltake branding. Rarely has Thermaltake marketed a product that shipped in bland packaging and the Armor+ is no exception. What makes it better is the amount of padding and care they take to protect the contents as well.
It is protected by heavy foam caps on each end and is enclosed entirely is a soft cloth-like bag. This helps keep dust off the unit and the case from getting scratched during shipping. When the bag was pulled off, the case was in pristine condition.
Thermaltake Armor+ MX First Look:
This case is part of the Armor series and features a similar front dual-door design that is also present on the Armor, and the Armor Jr. Both of these cases sit at the BCCHardware shop with the Armor Jr. being my wife's personal rig and the original Armor houses a triple SLI beast on the test-bench. The Armor+ MX has a similar profile, but a few improvements and aesthetic changes worth mentioning.
The first thing that is striking about this case is the size of the fan on the windowed side panel. This is a 23cm fan that turns at a snail's pace - 450rmp according to a laser tachometer and generates virtually no noise while providing airflow to the VGA cards and lower motherboard components. Another notable change is the top of the case. The top of the Armor+ MX has some plastic molding that splays out to widen the front stance of the case. This gives the case a beefy look and also provides a place for Thermaltake to place their tool/accessory drawer. On other cases Thermaltake has provided an accessory draw in a 5.25" bay, but this takes up a bay and can limit some users in their quest to load up all of their 5.25" bays.
On the next page, we'll take a look at the features and specifications of this case and then take a closer look at some of the more interesting areas.