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Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition

The Armor Revo is a modern take on the original sporting the same double hinged panels just like the older brother. But the new Revo comes in two flavors: black and white and has many of the features that we have seen in the Chasers, Overseer and several other cases we have seen from Thermaltake in the past few months. But are these newly added features enough to make the Revo a classic? We will try to answer that question here today.

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The Armor Revo is a modern take on the original sporting the same double hinged panels just like the older brother. But the new Revo comes in two flavors: black and white and has many of the features that we have seen in the Chasers, Overseer and several other cases we have seen from Thermaltake in the past few months. But are these newly added features enough to make the Revo a classic? We will try to answer that question here today.

 

 Introduction the Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition PC Tower

I have been in PC hardware for some time now. And during that time I have seen some real classics in every area. Cases are one component that definitely comes to mind. I am sure many of you can name several case classics. These classics come from several different companies. One classic that came from Thermaltake was the Armor. The Armor was a tank of a case and at the time had all the features one would want in a case. Over time we see these classics resurface. And that is just what Thermaltake did with the Armor re-inventing it as the Armor Revo.

The Armor Revo is a modern take on the original sporting the same double hinged panels just like the older brother. But the new Revo comes in two flavors: black and white and has many of the features that we have seen in the Chasers, Overseer and several other cases we have seen from Thermaltake in the past few months. But are these newly added features enough to make the Revo a classic? We will try to answer that question here today.

Thermaltake’s take on the Armor Revo

Thermaltake Armor Revo is a revolutionary chassis that unite the current gaming trend with one of Thermaltake symbolic chassis – the Armor. The Armor Revo is a full-tower equipped with wing shaped aluminum front bezel, breath light effect, USB 3.0, top-mounted HDD docking station, advance cable management, tool-free bay designs, combat headset holder, and heightened foot stand. More, ARMOR REVO will support VGAs up to 33cm long and is designed to be liquid cooling ready.

Specifications

P/N

VO200M6W2N

Case Type

Full Tower

Dimension (H x W x D)

586 x 254 x 552 mm
(23.1 x 10 x 21.7 inch)

Net Weight

11.5Kg / 25.35lb

Side Panel

Transparent Window

Color

Exterior & Interior : Black & White

Material

SECC

Cooling System

Front (intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
Rear (exhaust) :
140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm,16dBA)
Top (exhaust) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm Blue LED fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
140 x 140 x 25 mm or 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)
Side (intake) :
Plug&Play 200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA)
Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)

Drive Bays

Accessible: 4 x 5.25’’, 1 x 3.5’’
(Converted from one 5.25” drive bay)
Hidden: 6 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’
HDD Docking: 1 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’

Expansion Slots

8

Motherboards

9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)

I/O Ports

USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, eSATA x 1, HD Audio x 1

PSU

Standard PS2 PSU

LCS Upgradable

Supports 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube

Other

CPU cooler height limitation: 180mm
VGA length limitation: 330mm

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Features

– Wing Shape Aluminum Front Bezel
– Breath Lighting effect
– USB3.0 SuperSpeed
– Top-mounted HDD hot swap Docking Station
– VGA TripleMax 33cm
– CableClear cable management
– Liquid cooling ready
– Innovative 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free design
– Combat Headset Holder
– Heightened foot stand enhances intake airflow

Closer look at the Exterior

The Armor Revo is truly one of the cases that you have to see in person to get a real good feel of it. When I got around to taking it out of the box I was really surprised by how heavy it was, not as heavy as the Chaser but pretty close. The case weighs in at 25 pounds. It stands 22” tall and sits 23” inches deep.

Thermaltake remaining true to form is offering the Revo in black and the unit we are reviewing tonight which is white. We have said it many times lately white is the new black. The black model is completely black while the white model has silver winged bezel. This kind of throws the case off just a little. We will take a closer look later on in the review.

The Revo does have the feel of the original Armor when looking at it from the front. Obviously much of that is in the two brushed aluminum side panels.

We begin the tour looking at the front as we normally do. The top portion is enshrined with a winged logo that grows when the PC is powered on. Just below that are four 5.25” drive panels that can be removed from the case from the outside. Just a squeeze of the plastic tabs on each end releases it. Each cover does have a dust filter attached to the back. The large mesh area below is to protect the 200mm fan behind it.

Looking at the top you would not be lying to say that Thermaltake packed it with everything they could think of.  We will start at the far left where there is a two button fan controller that reads Low/High and just under that is a button to turn off and on the LED of the fans.

In the center is a HDD dock that will support 2.5”/3.5” SATA drives. For storage and other peripherals is a single eSATA, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. And to top it off are dual audio jacks.

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Finally to the right side we have the reset, power LED and the power button. We have seen a few cases from TT with all the features integrated but it just looks like there is more here.

The backside of the top panel consists of two fan vents of different sizes. To me it looks a little strange.  A combination of two 120mm, 140mm or 200mm fans can be used. The unit comes with a single 200mm.

Thermaltake has taken the side panel designs of their recently released cases to another evel and the Revo is no different. The designs are abnormal, not in a bad way but in a ‘different’ way. The left side panel is a nonagon and not symmetrical at all. Just below it is a 200mm cooling fan. The upper right corner has a holder for your headset.

The right side panel is convexed to allow enough room for cabling to sit behind the motherboard. But the shape it has is definitely not one I can describe.

About the only side panel on this case that is anywhere near ‘normal’ would the rear. Painted black it consist of the standard features including a single 140mm cooling fan that can be replaced with a 120mm if needed.

The bottom of the case consists of a vented area that is large enough to support a 120/140mm fan and the fan from the power supply. It also has four feet that can swivel outwards for stability.

Closer look at the Interior

The interior of the Armor Revo is identical to that of the Chaser MK-1 we reviewed back in February. Except in the case of the Revo the white really highlight the light blue trim. It is real nice to see someone go outside the black and red combination we are seeing a lot of lately.

The CPU opening is large here than it is on a lot of cases allowing for a greater chance of the user being able to switch out their CPU cooler. The breaches in the tray for cable management are plentiful but we love that TT added a void in the middle of the tray for those that may use a mATX motherboards.

The Armor Revo can hold a total of four 5.25” devices in a tool-less locking manner. HDD and SSD are installed in a sturdy holding tray that can be pulled apart from the case and a total of six can be had. The trays require no tools when installing a mechanical drive but does when installing a SSD.

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Because of the height in which the power supply sits off the bottom of the case an adjustable rail is implemented to allow the PSU to sit comfortably. And because of the length of the area, you should have no issues with using any of the much longer power units.

Sitting in the rear of the case is the 140mm Turbo fan and the vented slot plates.

A nice little feature in the Armor resides on the door panel. There is a small breaker that is part of the panel and the side of the case which serves as a connection for the side mounted fan. This keep the builder from having to physically connect the usual 3- or 4-pin fan leads.

With front panel returned we have get better look at the 200mm LED fan and dust filter. The filter easily separates from the case for easier cleaning.

A look at the side panel and extra-large 200mm intake fan.

Conclusion

Thermaltake has continued the tradition of the Armor series and they did a very good job of it with the Armor Revo. The looks of the case is very aggressive and just what many of the gamers and enthusiasts would for in such a case. The two side panels are really what make the case as it is what really brings out the Armor effect.

The feature what I loved about this case is the fact is it do durable. The case is solid and very sturdy. Out of the box it is heavy which is a result of the thicker sheets of metal that make up the sides of the case. I believe I could stand on the top of this case and not worry about it imploding. This is definitely something you see in every case including the ones that cost double this price.

The Armor Revo is packed with features as we have described in the article, the HDD dock, the ColorShift fans, tool-less HDD installation and the abundance of I/O is just a few. Thermaltake did pack the Revo with enough options to make it worth its asking price.

Getting back to the looks aggressiveness is a style that is not for everyone, mostly aimed at the gamer. And the white really makes stand out. But I believe some may not really dig the silver color of the two panels. Making them white as well would have looked better in our eyes.

The white Armor Revo will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $180 to $190. Yes, it is a little on the steep side but features cost. And in this case it worth it.

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