Thermaltake Unveils ARMOR A30 LAN ready mini-Tower

"Leading DIY chassis maker Thermaltake today introduced the A30 LAN mini-Tower chassis as part of its ARMOR series of gaming PC cases."

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Leading DIY chassis maker Thermaltake today introduced the A30 LAN mini-Tower chassis as part of its ARMOR series of gaming PC cases. The new chassis incorporates all the powerful design elements that are the hallmarks of Thermaltake’s cases.

Designed in all black with the popular “bulletproof” ARMOR design concept, the A30 sports Thermaltake’s unique metal mesh elements that give it an ultra-stylish and powerful appearance. Two blue LED-fans at the front and on the top give the case a combat-ready look. Despite its small dimensions of just 266 x 291 x 456, the A30 has more than enough room for the most powerful graphics cards and processors currently available. It is both a Micro ATX and a mini ITX system rolled into one.

For the LAN party crashers, the ARMOR A30 is the perfect case – it lets them have all the power they need while giving them high mobility through its small form factor. Thermaltake has designed the A30 in such a way that gamers do not need to run around to the back of the chassis every time they need to connect something new; almost all of the connectivity options and important buttons have been placed in the two panels on the front.

For connectivity, the left front panel gives LAN enthusiasts a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port, one USB 2.0 port, and one eSATA connector. HD Audio has also been integrated into the left front panel for quick access. The right front panel on the other hand features the power button and a recessed reset button.

To protect their system and top-notch gaming peripherals, Thermaltake has also given gamers a unique locking mechanism on the chassis. This lets gamers lock their mouse and keyboard with the system and keep them safe from the sticky hands of competitors at LAN parties.

As with all other Thermaltake chassis, no expense has been spared to optimize ventilation and airflow. The top blue LED exhaust fan is a big 23 cm one, while the front one is a 9 cm intake fan (also blue LED). Both fans come pre-installed with specially designed combat light-effects. Gamers can also add two other 6 cm fans in the back to improve cooling efficiency of their systems.

To keep whatever system is built into the chassis quickly and fully upgradeable, Thermaltake has squeezed in a motherboard footprint that is just 9.6” x 9.6”, the smallest size available in Micro ATX / mini ITX motherboards. There is also enough space for two hidden drives of 2 x 3.5” and 2 x 2.5” each, while the four expansion slots in the rear mean gamers can expand their capacity any time they feel the need for it.

Availability is slated for mid-December, though pricing has not been discussed yet by the company.

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27-11-2010, 11:20:20

Jamsand
SAdly budget doesn't allow for a new CPU so for now the 920 must do, the GPU is already bought so that's kinda set in stone i did look at the gtx 470 and the 6870 but that 470 was at the time sitting at about £60 more for what was by reviews told to be a very minute performance boost. The 6870 I would have gotten over the 5850 if I was going to crossfire but for now only wanted a single card so the 5850 seemed like a better idea. Looking at the UTGARD though it;d fit alot comfier into the space I have but must go find some reviews.(really like the orange and white fans though lol)

27-11-2010, 11:29:38

AMDFTW
ah fair one mate.

there is a review on the utgard on hear

27-11-2010, 11:31:24

Jamsand
THanks very much for all the help and suggestions :)

27-11-2010, 13:32:41

tinytomlogan
Utgard is a bloody good case dude you just have to make sure you plan the build. IIRC the 8pin cpu power needs to go though the cpu cut out before fitting the mobo to help keep things tidy.

The 1600 ram is fine and when you know what you are doing will hit 2000mhz anyways, but you wont want to attempt this untill you know your way around the bios.

27-11-2010, 15:03:10

Captain Caveman


PSU get a Corsair.
GPU depends on what you are paying for it.
Case, well that's your preference :)
Motherboard either the Gigabyte UD3-2, Asus Sabertooth or a good P6 Asus.

If your £100-£200 budget is for a GPU?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-137-GW&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1810

Will beat a 5850 and comes with Physx and CUDA.

Oh and as for Packard Bell? same trick every company uses mate. Put in a great sounding CPU and then skimp on the rest and use the CPU as the selling point.




1. Agree with Alienalx on PSU Corsair...but modular.

2. But on GPU suggest HIS ATI 6870 HD thats what I'm getting (about $200.00 US) until 6900's come out...manily for the price and performance also the newer technology and FPS...very nice for the price and run cooler than 5850 if I understood Tom right in video. Watch Tom's vid review My link. You could resell them later when new 6900' come out. It's going to be interesting to see what they come out with in 6970/6990.

I'd also go with the AMD top line Phenom II x6 1090T (around $220.00 US) over intel's (I don't know much about intel though) i7 980X extreme top line (at $1000.00 US not sure this is a fair comparison the i7 980 is around 200.00 Us) of top line, the the ...again because of price and performance.

Suggestion for your Mobo (also see Tom's vids) would be the ASUS Crosshair 4 formula, ASUS Sabertooth X58, Gigabyte 870A-UD3 V2.2.

01-12-2010, 15:51:12

Jamsand


1. Agree with Alienalx on PSU Corsair...but modular.

2. But on GPU suggest HIS ATI 6870 HD thats what I'm getting (about $200.00 US) until 6900's come out...manily for the price and performance also the newer technology and FPS...very nice for the price and run cooler than 5850 if I understood Tom right in video. Watch Tom's vid review My link. You could resell them later when new 6900' come out. It's going to be interesting to see what they come out with in 6970/6990.

I'd also go with the AMD top line Phenom II x6 1090T (around $220.00 US) over intel's (I don't know much about intel though) i7 980X extreme top line (at $1000.00 US not sure this is a fair comparison the i7 980 is around 200.00 Us) of top line, the the ...again because of price and performance.

Suggestion for your Mobo (also see Tom's vids) would be the ASUS Crosshair 4 formula, ASUS Sabertooth X58, Gigabyte 870A-UD3 V2.2.




1.The HX range is all modular anyway Even if it is an extra £20 over the TX but it'll be worth the money when it comes to cable management

2.I'v already bought my GPU of choice reasoning behind it it;s cheaper and better sunning than a single 6870 if i was running a crossfire I'd have gone with the 6800 series though they do look pretty awesome and by the review(i seem to never be off video reviews lol) scale really well.

3. Budget doesn't allow for me buying a new cpu and if I'm honest I'm an intel fan boy lol, at somepoint go for an amd just as a lil experiment o se how it goes but for now I'm sticking with my 920 hehe

4. I'v looked at all the motherboards suggestd and the sabertooth seems to constantly come out on top for it;s price range gigabyte had a slight look in when it came to media work but the margin in mdia encoding compared with over plus overclock ability and warrenty(5 years is temptin me! lol) meant I think I'm stickin with the sabertooth x58 seriously can't wait to be paid on friday now lol

01-12-2010, 16:01:06

Jamsand
Also looking for advice on whgat would make a good cpu to go with the old parts that being

CPU:???
Motherboard: packard bell x58
RAM:Unbranded 6GB @ 600mhz
GPU:Nvidia geforce 230
PSU:standard dell 450W
case:no idea of the model, single side mesh hole no fans at all

Going for something fairly cheap it won't be overclocked or anything, I'm giving it to my gran as hers is 6 years old and just stupidly slow now trying to go fairly low priced so I'll probably end up with an amd lol

02-12-2010, 16:32:01

larkva


Also looking for advice on whgat would make a good cpu to go with the old parts that being

CPU:???
Motherboard: packard bell x58
RAM:Unbranded 6GB @ 600mhz
GPU:Nvidia geforce 230
PSU:standard dell 450W
case:no idea of the model, single side mesh hole no fans at all

Going for something fairly cheap it won't be overclocked or anything, I'm giving it to my gran as hers is 6 years old and just stupidly slow now trying to go fairly low priced so I'll probably end up with an amd lol




i dont see the point og getting a new cpu, since u allredy got one of the cheapest intel i7 in your new rig. it is a socket 1366 right, If so your alteratives is an i7,

03-12-2010, 03:56:40

milo
depending on your psu you could get 2x460 there very very good, in australia you can pick em up for less then a 6870. If i could redo my rig thats what i'd do.

03-12-2010, 03:58:21

milo
woops sorry missed that you bought yours already, discard my comment
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