Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Case

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Product(s): Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Case
Provided By: Thermaltake

Price: ~189.99 USD (At time of publishing)

Introduction: 

Many years ago Thermaltake released their Armor case which was instantly a popular choice among computer enthusiasts. The Armor case could probably be described as Thermaltake's most popular case and they've continued to release updated versions on the original Armor case and today we've got one of the latest updated models, the Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition.

The Armor Revo series is an updated version of the original but has a few new features while still retaining the signature Armor case look. The Armor Revo series comes in two colors, black and white. We are going to be taking a look at the white version which is dubbed the "snow edition".

Let's take a closer look at what the Armor Revo is all about in the next section.

 

Closer Look:

Right off the bat we see this case is obviously part of the Armor series thanks to the signature front panels. Our case is the Snow Edition which is a nice change from the thousands of black cases that are available.

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Packaging
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Front View

 

You have probably already noticed that the Armor Revo has a ton of room for fans and keeping this case cool shouldn't be too big of a problem. In the next few sets of pictures you'll see that the Armor Revo comes with 4 fans and you've got the option to add additional fans if you need even more cooling performance.

Top View
Bottom View
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Side View
Side View

 

You might have noticed in the pictures above a small white box on the side of the case and wondered what it was. Well wonder no more, it's a headphone holder. Simply fold the latch down and you can hang your headphones on the side of the case. This might not be the most useful feature ever but if you have your computer right beside you it might come in handy every once and a while. I've included a close-up picture of the headphone hold below.

 

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On the next page we'll continue to take a closer look at this case before we take a peek at the specifications and features.

 


As you can see in the next set of pictures (left) the Armor Revo has a built in fan controller and lighting controller which are easily accessible from the top of the case. You also get a built in HDD dock which is a nice feature to have even if you only use it every once and a while.

 

Top Controls and HDD Dock
Side Cover Removed

 

Ok, so once we get the side cover off of the case we see one of my favorite features on this case. If you look closely at the fan you will see that the fan features a "Plug and Play" connector that connects when the door is closed and doesn't require you having to plug and unplug the fan cable each time you remove the door, or alternatively forgetting to unplug the cable and ripping it out.

Also in the next set of pictures you will see the top 200mm fan (blue LED) as well as the rear 140mm exhaust fan. This case comes with 4 fans included (200mm top, 140mm rear, 200mm side, and 200mm front) which should be enough to keep the air moving quite nicely.

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Top and Rear Fans

 

The Armor Revo case is a tool-less design and as you can see all of the optical and hdd bays are all able to be removed without any screws.

As you can see the Armor Revo doesn't come with a ton of extra hardware because most everything is designed not to need screws. There are a few things you might need to attach with a few screws but you will have more than enough to do that with.

HDD and Optical Bays
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Accessories

 

There we go, that's a quick look at the Armor Revo case. Next we will take a closer look at the case in the Installation and Testing section.

 


Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Specifications

All specifications taken from Thermaltakeusa.com

Features:

Thermaltake Armor Series line of high-performance computer chassis have long been regarded in the computer enthusiasts community as one the most versatile and high-performing gaming chassis since early 2005 when the first Armor was introduced. The all-new Armor Revo is designed to not only continue the tradition of excellence, but to excel in all aspects of a true gaming chassis that takes aggressive styling to a new level and with unique and advanced features that one can only appreciate when experienced. Look out boys, the legend is back.

Plug&Play side-panel fan
With the Armor Revo’s Plug&Play side-panel fan, the power circuit is established as soon as side-panel of the chassis is closed. And because there are no lose wires or connection to make, the user will no longer have to worry about snapping off the power connector.

More power, less heat
Armor Revo features not one, not two, but three oversized 200mm fans which are all pre-routed to the centralized fan controller that is conveniently located on the front of the chassis that allows user to easily lower or increase fan speed as needed.

Liquid cooling ready
In addition to the spacious interior that enables power users to easily work on the ultimate liquid cooling setup, the Armor Revo features ample room for 24CM high-performance radiator.

Clean up the mess
Cable management used to mean tucking all the excess cables into any available space you can find. With the CableClear Cable Management, the excess cables are now routed properly so you won’t pull off all your hair when upgrading down the road.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0
The wide-spread adoption of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface enables blazing-fast data-transfer and even supplies higher 5V power (900mA). And yes, Armor Revo adopts the most up-to-date internal USB 3.0 19-pin connector.

You are in control
Don’t let manufacturers tell you how the lighting or fan speed should be set at. With Armor Revo’s lighting & fan speed control conveniently located on the front of the chassis, you are in total control.

Hot-swap hard drive docking station
While USB 3.0 offers high-speed data transfer, moving big chunks of data usually means a hard drive or two. This is where the hot-swap hard drive docking station comes in handy.

High-end graphics card supported
With spacious interior, the Armor Revo can take on the most advanced graphics card(s) available today. Maximum card length: 12.9" (330CM). Multi-graphics cards supported as well (3-way SLI).

You are you
You are an unique individual, we understand. The Armor Revo Snow Edition not only set itself apart from the rest with the performance, but with its aesthetic supremacy as well.

Specifications:

Case Type    Full Tower
Material    SECC
Front Bezel Material    Combination of plastic and high air flow mesh
Color    Interior: Black
Exterior: White
Side Panel    Swivel Door with Tranparent Window
Motherboard Support    9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX)
12” x 9.6” (ATX)
Motherboard Tray    No
5.25" Drive Bay    4
Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay    By using 5.25" to 3.5" Converter
Int. 3.5" Drive Bay    6
Expansion Slots    8
Front I/O Ports    USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 2
eSATA connector x 1
MIC & Speaker (support AC’97 & HD Audio)
Cooling System    Front (Intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan x 1 (600~800rpm,13~15dBA) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional)
Rear (Exhaust) :
140 x 140 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm, 16dBA or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional)
Top (Exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) or 140 x 140 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional)
Bottom (Intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional)
Side (Intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm x 1
Liquid Cooling Capable    Yes
Liquid Cooling Embedded    No
Power Supply Supported    Standard ATX PSII Power Supply
Power Supply Included    No
Dimension (H*W*D)   
586 x 254.0 x 552 mm
23.1 x 10 x 21.7 inch
Net Weight    11.5 kg
25.35 lb
Security Lock    for peripherals only
Application    Suitable for gaming, enthusiast, DIY and

 


 

Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Installation and Testing:

Ok, so we've already seen what the Armor Revo case looks like, now we will put a system into it and see if it can perform as well as it looks.

The Armor Revo features 6 hard drive bays which all features tool-less installation and removal. As you can see below they are built to accomodate either 3.5" drives or 2.5" drives (2.5" drives will require you using screws to attach them to the hard drive tray).

 

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HDD bays
Hard Drive Tray

3.5" Drive Installed
SSD Installed

 

Putting a system into the Armor Revo was pretty easy to do, actually it was one of the easiest cases I've put a system into thanks to the massive amount of room inside the case and the amount of cable management features that are included. Installation probably took me about 15 minutes and if you look at the picture below (left) it looks super clean and tidy without a bunch of cables sticking out.

The rear of the case is another story, there are cables everywhere, but thankfully you can't see them once you get the side cover back on and it can be our little secret.

Overall I'd give this case top marks for ease of installation, it looks like I actually spent time trying to keep my cable tidy and neat when in fact I spent very little time at all getting everything installed.

 

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System Installed
System Installed (Rear)

And there we go, the side panel is installed and we are all done!

Thermaltake Armor Revo - System Installed
 

Installation is complete. In the next section we'll provide our final thoughts and award the Armor Revo a final score.


Thermaltake Armor Revo Final Thoughts:

I am sure a lot of your reading this review will remember the old Thermaltake Armor cases that were one of the most popular computer cases available about 10 years ago. It was pretty tough to go to a LAN party and not see a bunch of people using the Armor case (and for good reason). Fast forward 10 years to 2012 and you’ve now got a ton more choices when it comes to computer cases than you did when Thermaltake released the original Armor case, but it’s still nice to see a redesign of a classic design like the Armor series of cases. The Armor Revo case that we reviewed is a nice updated version of the original and the addition of a white version (snow version) is a nice change as well.

I’ve had the chance over the years to take a look at quite a few Thermaltake cases and they’ve made some great cases and the Armor Revo case that I just looked at is no different. There are quite a few things to like about this case so I’ve broken down some of my favorite features that this case offers:

Cable-free side door - I really like not having to unplug a cable every time I open the door. If you are like me chances are good that you’ve ripped the fan cable out from the side door a time or two after forgetting to unplug it, this design completely eliminates that from happening.

HDD Dock - I really like the hard drive dock built into the top of the case. It might not be very often that you use this, but when you do you’ll be thankful you don’t have to open up your case or find an external dock to plug in just so you can check what’s on that old hard drive that you’ve had laying around on your desk forever.

Cable management - Like most of the other Thermaltake cases that I’ve reviewed in the past couple years, the Armor Revo gets top marks for cable management. Making your case look nice and tidy isn’t a job that's going to take you hours to accomplish. As you saw in the installation section, I was able to easily tuck every cable in the back of the case and make my system look super clean with really no effort at all.

Built in fan controller - Lots of cases now have fan controllers included just like this one does. I don’t turn my fans up and down very often, but it’s nice to have that feature included and not have to go spend more money on an add-in fan controller that you don’t use very often.

Tool-less design - This isn’t the only case out there that uses a tool-less design, but I’m always happy when the installation of our test system goes nice and quick thanks to the tool-less design that the Armor Revo has.

Quality - This case isn’t a budget case, so due the higher price tag I would expect a higher quality case. The Armor Revo doesn’t disappoint. The build quality of this case is excellent and it should be able to stand up to a beating.

Since I just highlighted the things I liked, I should probably highlight the things I don't like. Well, this section will be very short since overall I was very impressed with the Armor Revo and found that the features that are included in this case are all very well done. Usually there are a couple things that are minor annoyances, however, I can't really think of anything that annoyed me which makes this section pretty pointless.

As far as price goes, we found the Armor Revo available online for around $179.99 USD. This isn’t a cheap case and it has a lot of features so the price reflects that. The Armor Revo is a really nice case and is really well built and I would say that it’s probably worth the money, however, if you were to catch it on sale for around $150 you’d be getting a pretty good deal compared to other cases.

At the end of the day I must declare the Thermaltake Armor Revo case a winner. Thanks to a ton of great features and fantastic build quality a Thermaltake case has once again earned our “Editor’s Choice - Gold” award. While this might not be the cheapest case around, you definitely get good value for your money with the Armor Revo.

 

Pros:

  • High Quality Consturction
  • Lots of features
  • Easy to neatly install a system into
  • Good value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating

 
Gold

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending us the Armor Revo Snow Edition case. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the link below.