Date: June 20th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The Armor Jr. comes in four styles. Basically your choices are silver or black, with or without a window. The black versions of the Armor Jr. are constructed of steel while the silver cases are aluminum. We'll be looking at the VC3000SWA, a silver aluminum model with a windowed side panel.
The Armor Jr. is a mid-tower case measuring, for the metrically challenged among us, 19x8.25x19.5 inches. Weighing in at a svelte 11.4 pounds, the weight is biased toward the front with its aluminum psuedo-doors. A power supply is not included, but the Thermaltake website suggests that PSUs are available with some models. 120mm chassis fans front and rear promise good cooling performance. Rated at 17dBA, the fans should provide quiet cooling performance as well.
Thermaltake continues BTX support from their Armor/Kandalf line of cases. A BTX upgrade kit is available and, while the BTX specification isn't much of a presence in the aftermarket, this feature may still be useful in the future. The Armor Jr. will accept ATX and mATX motherboards as delivered and will also support Thermaltake's liquid cooling products.
The Armor Jr. (Let's call it the Jr. from now on.) arrived in one of Thermaltake's customary double-layer cardboard cartons.
Graphics illustrate some of the many features of the Jr.
The packing materials are a bit different than I've seen in the past. The case came wrapped in a soft fiber bag inside a plastic bag, but Thermaltake has departed from their usual Styrofoam in favor of blocks made from molded paper mache to protect the chassis during shipping. This seems to work well as the Jr. arrived in perfect condition.
With the packing materials removed, we get our first good look at the Jr. A foam block and masking tape keep the “doors” from damaging the case, and plastic sheeting prevents scratches to the window.
Secured inside the case, Thermaltake has included a user's manual, a cleaning cloth, an I/O shield (which almost certainly won't match your motherboards ports), and a PSU brace bar with screws. Self-adhesive Mylar tapes are also included. We'll explore their usage during installation.
A cardboard box contains installation hardware and drive rails, conveniently marked “L” and “R”. In the next section, we'll take a closer look at what the Jr. brings to the table.