Thermaltake Armor A30 Mini Tower Case Review

By Julio Franco · 51 replies
Jan 24, 2011
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  1. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +377

    @lipe123: The size of the fan does not determine lifespan. Bearing type, revolution speed, orientation, and operating temperature are the primary variables. Dust build up can also affect lifespan and performance.

    Opting to get anything besides the standard sleeve bearing will help make your fans last longer.
  2. That Coke bottle is of a size and type not available in the Uk, therefore NOT a good size comparison. Far better to show a pint Glass of Ale, in a proper Dimpled glass, which *everyone* will be familiar with, Surely?.
    I do like this case tho as it would suit me fine, Not a lan gamer, or even a HTPC'er just like a good case. At £120 its too much, I could get a solid SSD and a reasonable case for that. And no stupid lites, how sensible ..
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    Ahh I am pretty sure more people can relate to a 2L Coke bottle than a Glass of Ale? Never even seen one but I am sure everyone has them in the UK. That said in either case I am sure you would get the idea, or at least I hope.

    "In Europe, soft drinks are typically sold in 2, 1.5, 1-liter, 500 mL plastic or 330 mL glass bottles; aluminium cans are traditionally sized in 330 mL, although 250 mL slim cans have become popular since the introduction of canned energy drinks and 355 mL variants of the slim cans have been introduced by Red Bull more recently." -

    In the United States, soft drinks are sold in 3, 2, 1.5, 1 liter, 500 mL (16.9 U.S. fl oz), 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 and 24 U.S. fluid ounce plastic bottles, 12 U.S. fluid ounce cans, and short eight-ounce cans. -

    In Australia, soft drinks are usually sold in 375 mL cans or glass or plastic bottles. Bottles are usually 390 mL, 600 mL, 1.25 or 2 liter. However, 1.5 liter bottles have more recently been used by the Coca-Cola Company. -

    In India, soft drinks are available in 200 mL and 300 mL glass bottles, 250 mL and 330 mL cans, and 600 mL, 1.25 L, 1.5 L and 2 L plastic bottles. -

    Your suggestion for a pint Glass of Ale seems silly since the sizing is very loosely defined and its only common in the UK.

    I am starting to think for the next case review we should create a poll to see what people want sitting next to the case, it appears to be a key issue.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Yeah Steve! make sure its a proper pint as well (20oz), and would it kill you to make it Guinness for better perspective?:p:wave:
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    haha thanks I am taking notes! ;)
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    I vote for a plate of nachos and a Battlecruiser figurine.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  8. Pint glasses seem equally available in the USA. Maybe I should have stuck a smiley on my comment?.
    The coke bottle pictured is either a) distorted or b) photographed in such a way as to make it look distorted. It appears to be far squatter than any coke bottle I have seen. Also I wouldn't necessarily believe that 2L Coke bottles are the same shape (height/width) in every market. Maybe a Plain old ruler, a std midi-size desktop case and a 3.5 disk drive for comparison?.
    How about some more NAS reviews as well? With real world throughputs ..
  9. You write that maximum CPU cooler height is 90 mm – but this is datasheet number. Can you measure, how much mm is really between CPU and power supply? I have 105 mm height CPU cooler, I hope that I can use it. Thank you.
  10. i3rucei3ruce

    i3rucei3ruce TS Rookie

    Yeah, I for one have always wanted to move my gaming desktop around to parties and friends' houses, but also never wanted to downgrade to a laptop. This is a product I'm pretty interested in. I don't care about looks whatsoever- if everyone in the world said it was ugly, but it had good performance, I'd still prefer it. Also, handles make me nervous- I'd much rather cradle the thing in my arms, done it plenty of times with my huge full tower desktop- smaller is all the convenience someone like myself is looking for.
  11. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    You can't sorry.
  12. thanks Steve, but now show us the same box with a couple of dvd drives in it!!!
    and a floppy drive (if you must have one) to me looking at that box is only half
    the story, so next time could you show us what it looks like in a finished box???
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    This case seems a bit pointless without a handle, and it doesn't look like it's easy to carry either.

    And I've also never seen a bottle of Coke that big, must be an American size...
  14. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    We showed the box with a DVD drive, two SSDs and a pair of hard drives, for most that should be sufficient and no I do not have a floppy drive, have not used one in over a decade. In my opinion it was a finished box.

    I could have only installed another optical drive but did not see the need. I tried the single unit in both the primary and secondary positions without a problem.

    I agree about the handle but I am pretty much over the soft drink bottle comments, take it or leave it :p Ohh and for the fifth time its an Australian 2L bottle.
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Well you brought this on yourself should have been aware that putting your beverage down next to a piece of hardware would cause such consternation and angst! :rolleyes:
  16. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    Yeah, this case definitely needs a handle. With that said, think how ugly it would be if it had one. I've seen toolboxes with more personality. Alright, that might be a little harsh. But only a little, mind you.

    I've seen a LAN concept case, that came with a nylon sling affair. Wish I could remember who made it.

    Perhaps something like this; except it needs to come with the case.

    Oh look, here's pretty much the same thing, for 7 times the price;
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    Wow, that's super! If you get too drunk, you can let your St. Bernard carry the computer home from the party....:rolleyes:
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164


    and I knew better...
  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Indeed I fan the can more atractive, also you can stack them up a bit so you can really meassure it ;)
  23. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Wow... not even me understood what I just said there...

    The can is far more atractive, there =P
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    I speak some Spanish, so you could try that. Julio frowns on that a bit, in the English forums.

    I have to say your post #47 was mystifying at best.

    "? Que dice ?"
  25. Most excellent review! Thank you!

    I purchased this case because of this review. I also purchased a Corsair Hydro Series H70 and I think I can make it work by removing the 3.5" bay and cutting off the bottom bracket for the 2nd 5.25" drive. That leaves enough room for the radiator and both fans on the h70. I am using a 2.5" SSD and an optional 2.5" Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB drive. I'm building this week, but will take pictures if there is any interest.

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