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|Review: Thermaltake Armor Revo Chassis|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Friday, 27 April 2012 22:25|
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The Case Interior
Much to my disgust I didn't take an overview picture of the other side before I installed hardware, so it goes. Note how huge the cutout is in the motherboard tray for installing CPU backplates. This makes me quite happy.
On the other side, let's check out the drive bays.
These 5.25" drive bays feature the best retention mechanism I've ever run into. To install a drive pull the bay cover off and stuff the drive in. It'll click and lock in place when it is at the correct depth. To remove it, push the blue lever and push/pull the drive out. That's it. Nothing more. Fantastic!
The 3.5" bays are an improvement over the Overseer RX-I's setup, removing the trays means pulling the clip on the left side to unlatch the front bit, pull it out and the tray follows. You can also see the side of the front fan, it's not a little thin thing:
The method for mounting the bays is where the big improvement lies, instead of having to use screws each side has a clip with pegs on it. Observe:
Plop the drive in the draw, clip the clips in, presto! Done! Note the silicone vibration dampeners as well.
Up top we have the brother of the front fan plus a 140mm character that I recommend keeping your fingers well clear of. It looks mean.
Speaking of fans, there's one on the door panel too.
Just shy of half an amp is not your standard 200mm fan. For giggles, let us follow the wire...
That's right, spring loaded contacts. When you shut the case door the above contacts contact these contacts:
This is flat out glorious. I applaud the engineer who thought this up and snuck it past the bean counters. The main issue with side panel fans just disappeared! It's 30mm thick too, not a small fan.