When it first got this case in to review I was actually pretty excited. I knew how much I loved previous Thermaltake Armor Series cases and I expected the Armor Revo to follow in their footsteps, but unfortunately I was rather disappointed in this case. Before we get into things I did not like about the case let’s talk about what I did like.
First off the styling of the case is great, it follows the same Armor design we have seen on previous cases and it looks great. We reviewed the Snow Edition and no one can complain about it white case, it definitely stands out. As far as cooling goes this case has that covered with three 200mm fans and a single 140mm fan. The three 200mm fans can be controlled via the controls on the top of the case and two of the fans light up bright blue. Also on the top of the case you have a hard drive dock, which is a nice addon. The tool-less systems on both the 5.25-inch drive bays and the hard drive trays work great and make the installation process much easier.
With all that said you may think that this is a great case, and I did too…until it was time to install my hardware in the case. Starting off there is no real opening in the motherboard tray to route your CPU power cable. There is a long opening at the top of the case, but good luck fitting the included CPU power extension cable through there. Talking about routing the cables it seemed every time I went to routing a cable using the provided routing holes the rubber inserts would fall out. By the end of the installation all by 1 of these inserts had fallen out. Power supply installation is normally easy on pretty much all cases, but in this case it took me 5 tries to get the power supply to slide in and line up correctly. That is just not right. This had to be one of the most frustrating and annoying installations I’ve done in quite sometime.
Looking at the price of the Armor Revo, it is about $165 online. At that price it is really hard to recommend this case over others at that same price point. On top of that this is a real shock to me at the things that Thermaltake overlooked on this case. After reviewing recent cases from other companies Thermaltake really needs to step their game up if they want to remain on people’s minds when they are building a new system.
With that said ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake Armor Revo Case a 7 out of 10 score.
– Good looks
– 4 included fans (3x 200mm, 1x 140mm)
– Hard drive dock
– USB 3.0 support
– No routing hole for CPU power cable
– Rubber inserts for the cable routing holes constantly fell out
– Installation in general was just annoying