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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [01.11.07]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake



Installation of the LCS system was very easy as far as water cooling systems go.

With the radiator already preinstalled all we had to worry about was securing the pump/reservoir combo to the predrilled holes on the bottom of the case. The quick coupling connectors, and flexible GPU block tubing both go a long way in terms of in making for a quick and easy install.

Screwing in the pump/reservoir was a bit of a tight squeeze, and connecting the resevoir tubing before the pump/reservoir installatoin is a must. Aside from that however the LCS system installation was as easy as any other component installation.


As always, how you feel about the external look of the Armor LCS case is very much a personal opinion. Thermaltake does a good job of pandering to the high end bling-bling user market with the LCS system add on though.

With a rear 120mm UV fan, a UV led on the CPU water block and included UV reactive tubing and coolant, it will be very obvious to anyone passing by your system that you indeed do have a fancy-dancy water cooling system installed.

Testing Setup and Results

Now for the all important cooling results. A pretty water cooling system isn't worth much if it doesn't perform it's primary function well. We've pitted the LCS system up against it's stock counterparts to see what type of difference paying the extra bucks for the "LCS" will make.

Testing was completed using the smoking hot Intel P4 3.6 Prescott CPU on an ECS PA1-MVP motherboard with 2GB of PC5300 RAM, 2 x 250GB Maxtor Hard Drives and an ATI Radeon X800GTO2 (unlocked). The included thermal paste was used for all coolers, and was allowed one week to set properly.

Idle temps were taken ten minutes after booting into Windows XP. Full load temperatures were determined by running both Prime95 and SuperPI simultaneously along with ATI Tool's burn in test.

Impressed? I know I am! A load temperature of 30C on a Prescott 3.6 is absolutely insane (Ambient temperatures were around 17C for those interested). We're talking an unheard of drop of 47C from stock... We also have an amazing drop of of 30C at full load on the GPU core. Thermaltake's giant LCS radiator is really flexing its muscles here.

Even if everything about this case sucked, it would still be respectable on the basis of the liquid cooling system's performance alone. Thermaltake does indeed have to lean a bit on that performance as the case in itself is far from perfect.

Issues ranging from unusable drive cages, to cheap PCI and CDROM retention mechanism to non existent external 3.5 inch drive bays would be called into serious question had this review been of the case alone. As it is however I'm more than willing to consider the performance/functionality tradeoff considering the stellar cooling results that we've seen in our tests.

The Armor LCS (GPU block not included) retails for approximately $100 more than the standard Armor Extreme Edition version of the case. If you consider that purchasing a Bigwater Kit separately is going to cost you over $150 (GPU block not included) then there's no question that the Armor LCS is also a very good deal. I expect that we will now see other case manufacturers jump on the LCS combo bandwagon and release similar version of their cases.

Functionality issues aside, I just can't resist recommending a this case based on it's price, performance and generous bundle.

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  • Amazing Cooling Results
  • Combo Price Discount
  • UV Reactive Tubing/Coolant/Fan

  • Unusable Hard Drive Cage
  • No external 3.5 inch bays
  • Cheap plastic PCI clips
  • Cheap plastic CDROM clips