Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packaging removed, we get our first good look at the A30. It definitely has the Armor look, with the angled planes and liberal use of mesh, but it also bears some resemblance to Thermaltake's LanBox mATX cases of a few years ago. Like the LanBox, the A30 has a pair of external 5.25-inch bays on the front as well as a vertical 3.5-inch bay on the left side of the front panel. The side panel features a pentagon-shaped window and some honeycomb perforations for extra ventilation. Up top, the case has a plastic panel with a metal mesh insert that conceals the big 230mm exhaust fan.
The other side features an identical panel, while the rear of the A30 looks almost exactly like its LanBox siblings, even down to the wire pull that helps with motherboard tray removal. The PSU opening, dual 60mm exhaust fans and four expansion bays are also in the same locations, but Thermaltake has given the back panel (as well as the interior) a matching black finish and black thumbscrews for a unified look.
Audio style feet add protection and give some clearance under the case. Note the folded edge, making the side panels integral with the bottom of the case. As we'll see later, all installation chores are performed from the top and rear of the A30.
Front panel I/O is rather limited, but Thermaltake does provide a single USB 3.0 port to go along with a USB 2.0, an eSATA port and the audio ports. A small, chrome logo device separates the I/O panel from the power and reset buttons on the right. Owing to its role as a gaming chassis, the power button sports a crosshair design. Now it's time to disassemble the A30 and take a look at the modular interior.