Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review :: From the Outside

03-08-2005 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Doc Overclock

Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review Package

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When it comes to PC enclosures or cases, as most people know them by, there seem to be two groups of people, those who are of a utilitarian nature who only care about functionality and those who want something with some flair and design to house their PC powerhouse. Well in the case of Thermaltake's Armor full tower enclosure, you get a good deal of both those qualities in a very lightweight package. The case is made of quality brushed aluminum and offers an enclosure free of unwanted sharp edges or other structural obstacles, which helps allow easy and accident free system builds. On looks alone, the case is a standout product and that just scratches the surface of what the Armor has to offer.


Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review

The case offers many tool free design features that also help make the assembly process very ergonomically sound and help decrease the time involvement required to get whatever system you are building up and going. From the outside, you can see the case has a very sleek and elegant look to it that looks even better with its internal lights activated. The side panel has a see-through window that locks with a set of included keys to keep out annoying would-be intruders. The side panel easily removes to access the inside of the case when needed for building or changing out drives and offers no challenge to the user in its removal or reintegration. When it is all lighted up, it has a cool blue glow to the case that looks especially good when lighting is minimal.


Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review

On the top, you get two USB 2.0 connections, a single Firewire connection and a headphone and microphone jack. This makes for some easy connections of some of the basic input/output devices we use in everyday life and when used on the side of a desk it allows the user the luxury of not fooling around on the back of the case. The cool design where all the plugs are, also double as an air outtake vent that allows the installation of a fan inside the case to help with the task of heat dissipation. The front panels can be open or closed as a purely cool cosmetic type thing depending on ones preference and just add to the overall cool design of the case. The front panel offers the user a big power-on button, power, and hard drive activity LED lights for monitoring activity, and an airflow vent all for better air circulation. From the outside, everything looks good so far, but before all bets are in, let us get a look at what is on the inside as well to get the whole perspective.


Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review


Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review


Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Case Review