Date: September 10th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
There aren't a tremendous number of accessories included with the A90, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Like the A90, long black plastic spacers and screws are included should the user wish to install an optional 200mm fan in the front of the chassis in lieu of the included 120mm unit. The multi language user's manual is long on low-resolution pictures and short on useful verbiage, but I would consider it to be adequate for a straightforward installation.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Like I said above, the A60 lacks a front door, (a plus for me, but to each his own,) but the front facade has a similar style and overall look as the A90.
Front panel I/O consists if a single USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port flanking the customary audio ports. The reset button lies just to the left of the eSATA port and the triangular power button lives just below it, while the power and HDD activity LEDs are above the eSATA port. Three external 5.25-inch bays and a single floppy-sized bay occupy most of the top real estate here, and the bay covers, as well as the rest of the front panel, is covered in a black steel mesh.
From the rear, we see a very similar layout to the A90 chassis. The left side panel features a small, irregularly shaped acrylic window with a beveled edge that will give a limited view of the interior. Also present is a vented area that will accept an optional 120mm fan for enhanced cooling in the expansion card area. The back panel is rather conventional (these days, anyway) with the PSU located at the bottom and seven vented expansion bay covers. Just below the 120mm exhaust fan is a peripheral locking device, holding the USB 3.0 cable, and a total of four knockouts are available for routing liquid cooling tubing in and/or out of the case, one of which provides egress for the USB 3.0 cable. The side panels are secured with thumbscrews and, as we'll see during the rest of the review, the black finish of the A60 is extended to the rear, bottom and interior of the chassis, making for a very nice look inside and out. The side panel also features Thermaltake's “Side Click, Easy Swap” access door that interfaces with the redesigned drive cage, and we'll take a closer look at this feature in a bit.
Up top, the slotted/meshed area provides ventilation for the 200mm top exhaust fan, and there's room for an optional 120mm fan. The user can also opt to remove the 200mm and go with two 120mm fans. Like the A90, I doubt that the A60 would support a radiator and fans because of the limited room above the motherboard.