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By Norman Tan [04.26.05]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake



So what did I think of the Armor overall?  Like the Silverstone I reviewed some time ago, there were both good points and bad points. The first thing that comes to mind are the 3.5" drive covers which really could have benefitted from a snap on system used in the covers as opposed to the super-annoying-tear-out-your-hair-plier-tab-method. Other short comings included the tool-less PCI slot holders which was a step back from the excellent mechasnism found in the Shark. Finally, I would have liked to see less of a reliance on screws for the attachment of 3.5" devices in the front bays. A third three drive dock would have been nice, but given that you can already install eight hard drives out of the box, it really isn't that big of a deal.

I feel that the shortcomings were overshadowed by all the things that Thermaltake did well. The overall attention to detail was superb and the little things like including a cloth to clean your case, while not necessary, isn't a bad thing to have. The build quality was among the best that I have seen and the ability to fit that many drives is definitely a good thing.  Furthermore, giving users the option to upgrade to BTX (whenever that comes out) ensures that this case will be around for quite some time.

Overall score: 88%

  • Build quality was top notch
  • Good airflow
  • Tons of drive bays
  • A unique look few can match

  • Screws needed to attach 3.5" drives
  • Annoying 3.5" drive cover
  • PCI rentention bracket not the best
  • Price is up there

Final Score: 88%