Thermaltake Armor A90 Mid-Tower Case

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Product(s): Thermaltake Armor A90 Mid-Tower Case
Provided By: Thermaltake

Price: $20 Rebate Available - Canada / USA


Introduction: 

Last week we took a look at a new full tower case from Thermaltake, the Element V (full review here). Today we are going to take a look at one of Thermaltake's new mid-tower cases, the Armor A90 Mid-Tower Case.

The Armor A90 case that we will be taking a look at falls into Thermaltake's "Armor" series which featured the original Armor+ MX. The Armor A90 case is aimed more at the "budget" crowd with a MSRP of $99.99 USD (and of course if you search around you can probably find it for a bit less). According to the box, the Thermaltake Armor A90 case is "designed for combat", so I guess we will have to expose it to some combat and see how it can hold up.

The Armor A90 case features tool-less drive bays and has a very unique styling that will easily set you apart from most of the other "square" looking mid-tower cases in this price range.

Let's take a closer look at the Armor A90 and see what it's all about.

 

First Impressions:

The packaging for the Armor A90 is pretty standard, nothing too out of the ordinary here. Everything is packaged nicely and should be able to stand up to any shipping abuse it might encounter.

 

Box Front
  Packaging
Box Back
Packaging

The front of the Armor A90 case features a front cover that hides your optical drives (pictured below). The front of the case looks pretty decent and is definitely unique when compared to other mid-tower cases in the same price range as the Armor A90. On the front of the case you've also got easy access to the power and reset buttons as well as access to 2 additional USB ports and audio ports (mic and headphone).


Front Closed
Front View
Front Open
  Front View (Cover Open)


The top of the case has another 2 USB ports (total of 4 USB ports accessible from the outside of the case) and 1 eSATA port.

The side panel of the Armor A90 case comes with a small triangular window. You've also got room for an additional fan (120mm) on the side panel if you want and might not be a bad idea to add if you have a hot video card that you need to keep cool inside.

 

Front Prone
  Top View
Side On
Side View


The back and inside of the Armor A90 is pretty standard, nothing too out of the ordinary as you can see in the picture below. Everything is nicely spaced and you shouldn't have any problems getting all your hardware installed inside.

 

Rear
Back View
Side Off
Side View (Cover Removed)

The power supply is bottom mounted in the Armor A90. There is also a fan grill on the bottom of the case and your power supply will be able to draw in cool air.

On the top of the case (pictured below, right), you've got easy access to 2 USB and 1 eSATA connections. They are spaced a good distance apart so you can easily hook up oversized devices without blocking each other.

 

Feet
Bottom View
IO Ports
Top View


As you can see in the pictures below the Armor A90 case comes with 3 fans included. In the front of the case you have a 120mm blue LED fan (pictured below, left), as well as two fans in the back and top of the case (200mm blue LED fan on the top and a 120mm fan in the rear, pictured below, right). The three included fans should give you adequate airflow, but you've also got room to add another 2 fans (one in the front and one in the side panel).

 

HDD Fan
Inside View (Drive Bays)
Inside Main
Inside View


There we go, that's what the Armor A90 is all about, let's move onto the next section of this review.

 


Thermaltake Armor A90 Specifications:

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All specifications taken from Thermaltake.com

 

Features

  • Black “bulletproof” armor design with metal mesh elements
  • Top and front blue LED-fan enhancing combat ambiance
  • Massive protective front door for drive access
  • Bottom based PSU for optimized cooling
  • Big triangular side panel window & 120mm side panel VGA cooling opening
  • LC ready! 2 x liquid cooling punch out holes

 

Detailed Specifications

Case Type    Mid Tower
Material    SECC
Front Bezel Material    Plastic
Color    Black Interior
Black Exterior
Side Panel   

Transparent Window

Motherboard Support    Standard ATX & Micro ATX
Motherboard Tray    N/A
5.25" Drive Bay    3
Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay    1 x 3.5" with 5.25" converter
Int. 3.5" Drive Bay    6 (with 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD)
Expansion Slots    7
Front I/O Ports    4 x USB2.0
1 x e-SATA
HD Audio ports
Cooling System    -Front (Intake) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan, 1000rpm, 16dBA;
120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional) or 200 x 200 x 20 mm (optional)
-Rear (Exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm, 16dBA
-Top (Exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 20 mm Blue LED fan, 800rpm, 15dBA
-Side (Intake) :
120 x 120 mm (optional)
Liquid Cooling Capable    Yes
Liquid Cooling Embedded    No
Power Supply Supported    Standard ATX PSII
Power Supply Included    No
Dimension (H*W*D)    502 (H) x 210(W) x 515 (L) mm
19.8 (H) x 8.3 (W) x 20.3 (L) inch
Net Weight    8.2 Kg
18.1 Lb
Security Lock   
Application   
Warranty    3 Year

 

 

Installation and Testing:

Installation is pretty simple with the Armor A90 case.

All the optical drives can be accessed by easily removing the front panel (pictured below, left). Once you remove the front panel you will see the included 120mm Blue LED fan in the front of the case that will keep your hard drives nice and cool. You also have room for an additional 120mm or 200mm fan in the front of the case if you require extra airflow. You can also add an additional 120mm fan on the side panel. The Armor A90 comes included with 200mm Blue LED fan in the top of the case and a 120mm fan on the rear of the case. Thanks to the 3 included fans that come with the Armor A90 you should have adequate airflow for most systems, but you've got the flexibility to add more airflow if you feel the need.

Installing the motherboard is also pretty simple, all the holes are clearly labeled and it is very easy to get your motherboard installed with little to no effort. All the optical and hard drives also easily install thanks to the tool-less drive bays.


Installation from start to finish should take no more than 30 minutes from start to finish, and in our testing we didn't encounter any issues.

 

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Front Panel Removed
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System Installed

As you can see in the picture below (right), the power supply in the Armor A90 is bottom mounted (which has become very popular in the past couple years). In our testing we used the Ultra X3 800 Watt modular power supply which is a bigger than your standard power supply, yet it fit just fine in the Armor A90 thanks to the adjustable power supply rail in the bottom of the case.

 

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System Installed
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System Installed

Everything went very smoothly in the installation section of our review, I have no major issue to make note of. Let's move onto the final section of the review.

 

 

Thermaltake Armor A90 Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts:

The Thermaltake Armor A90 case is a nice case aimed at the "budget" crowd that will give you a nice unique looking case but won't break the bank. The MSRP of $99.99 USD is pretty standard for a brand name mid-tower case and overall is a pretty good value for what you get (and you can probably save a few bucks if you shop around online for this case).

This case really doesn't offer any features that are too out of the ordinary, but in the sub $100 dollar price range you really can't expect anything too crazy. This case comes with 3 fans (2 of which feature blue LED's), as well as a completely tool-less hard drive and optical bays. This case is also very well built and feels pretty sturdy. The front and top panels are plastic, however the rest of the case is SECC (sheet steel, electrolytically coated, cold-rolled, commercial quality) metal, which makes the case feel pretty sturdy.


I really don't have any major complaints with the Armor A90 case, everything worked like it was supposed to and I experienced no major issues in my testing. Everything installed into this case like it was supposed to and we found no issues trying to get our test system installed into this case.

At the end of the day the Thermaltake Armor A90 is a very good choice if you are looking for a mid-tower case that offers great value yet doesn't look like all the others. There isn't really anything too out of the ordinary with this case, however it does everything its advertised too and it does it well. The Thermaltake Armor A90 has earned our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award thanks to its unique looks, high quality construction, and good value. If you're looking for a new case that won't break the bank, yet has a bit a character to it, then the Thermaltake Armor A90 might just be the case you're looking for.

 

Pros:

  • High Quality Construction
  • Unique Design
  • Tool-less drive bays
  • Plenty of Airflow
  • Good Value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating

Gold 
 

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending us the Armor A90 Mid-Tower Case. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.