Inside the Thermaltake Armor A60

Both side panels are fastened to the case using black thumbscrews, which is great to see. In Figure 9, you have an overall look at the inside of the A60. The main difference between the A60 and the A90 is on the hard drive bays, as we will explain in the next page.

The motherboard tray has a big hole around the area where the CPU is installed, allowing access to the backplate of the CPU cooler, so you can replace the cooler without having to remove the motherboard. The motherboard tray doesn’t have holes for you to route cables behind it, however the motherboard tray doesn’t go all the way to the front panel, meaning that there is a communication between the area behind the disk drive bays and the back of the motherboard tray, allowing you to easily route and hide cables behind the motherboard tray. The motherboard tray also has three metallic clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties.

Thermaltake Armor A60 caseFigure 9: Overall look

Thermaltake Armor A60 caseFigure 10: A view behind the motherboard tray

Because of the new hard drive bays that take up less space, the new A60 allows you to install video cards up to 12” (305 mm) – the A90 supports video cards up to 10.2” (260 mm). Both cases support CPU coolers up to 7.1” (180 mm) tall.

In Figure 11 you have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using regular screws. We’d prefer to see thumbscrews here.

Thermaltake Armor A60 caseFigure 11: Overall look

Note that the power supply can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down. A mesh with an air filter is available on the bottom panel, if you decide to install the power supply with its fan facing down. A support bracket for the power supply is available and it can be moved to better match the size of your power supply. A place for installing a 120 mm fan is available on the bottom panel.

Thermaltake Armor A60 caseFigure 12: Power supply compartment

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