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Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA Silver ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ 25CM Fan

  • Chassis: 1.0mm Aluminum
  • Front Bezel: Aluminum ATX Full Tower
  • Dual USB2.0, IEEE 1394 Firewire, Audio & Speaker ports Front Ports
  • Rear (exhaust) 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
  • Top (exhaust) 90
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Thermaltake’s Armor series full-tower case features sleek, minimalist design, and maximum cooling for your gaming system. The case is Nvidia SLI-ready (Scalable Link Interface), so you can beef up the graphics and never give a second thought to heat management. With a front-mounted 120mm fan and a side-mounted 250mm fan drawing cool air into the case, and two 90mm and one 120mm fans creating strong exhaust flow, your system will be safe from heat damage.

Front and rear 120mm fans both feature a blue LED light, and the transparent side panel lets the cool blue glow out! Top-mounted I/O port is concealed by a pop-up door, and offers quick access to 2 USB 2.0 ports, Fire Wire, and audio in/out jacks.

Your Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX, or BTX motherboard will fit into the tray, and the case features 10 external 5.25" drive bays, 2 external 3.5" drive bays, 6 internal 3.5" drive bays, and 7 expansion slots. The 5.25” bays offer tool-free installation, and the HDD cage is removable. Go ahead and build your dream system: the Armor VA8003SWA case can support it all in style!

  • newegg All Aluminum Case The all-aluminum Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA reaches the balance between chassis stiffness and heat dissipation providing a feather-light yet rock-solid enclosure, perfect for a LAN party!
  • newegg ATX and BTX Compatibility The Thermaltake VA8003SWA supports various motherboard form factors including Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX and even BTX with a BTX upgrade kit package for the utmost compatibility with the latest system structures.
  • newegg Unparalleled Expandability with 18 Drive Bays The Thermaltake VA8003SWA boasts ten external 5.25" drive bays, two external and six internal 3.5” drive bays for peerless expandability.
  • newegg Highly Efficient Ventilation The top vent with two 120mm silent fans in the front (intake) and at the rear (exhaust), two 90mm exhaust fans on the top and at the rear and one 250mm side fan ensures highly-efficient ventilation for supreme cooling performance.
  • newegg Easy Installation With a tool-free design at 5.25" drive bays and expansion slots, a removable HDD cage, a relocate-able HDD and FDD rack as well as thumb screws, installation is easy and quick.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel ensures easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

Learn more about the Thermaltake VA8003SWA

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Series
Armor Series
Model
VA8003SWA

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Silver
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX, BTX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
10
External 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
6
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
90mm Fans
1 x 90mm rear fan 1800rpm, 19dBA
1 x 90mm side fan 1800rpm, 19dBA
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm front fan Blue LED Fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
1 x 120mm rear fan Blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
250mm Fans
1 x 250mm side fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
22.1" x 8.7" x 20.9"
Weight
17.7 lbs.

Features

Features
Removeable HDD cage
Tool-free installation for 5.25" devices
Screwless slots for easy assembling
Retractable foot stand
Accessory box
Bundled in 5.25" drive bay
Extra large thumb screws for easy open side panel
Side (Intake) 250 x 250 x 30 mm fan, 600rpm, 15dBA

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • eugene r.
  • 8/3/2008 9:53:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCase Closed i have a winner

Pros: Easy install,Great airflow and so much room!!!

Cons: some edges are sharp i too got a few battle wounds

Other Thoughts: if ur packin a big PSU youll need to move top fan over a few inches and drill it in

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  • Ian M.
  • 7/23/2008 11:38:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING!

Pros: First thing, great cooling!!!!! The fans on this are amazing. The design is very good too. There really are not words to describe how much I'm enjoying this case. The best I can do is it is HOT (Well Cold). I like the fans dedicated to cooling just hard drives. Then there are 2 others to circulate air. This case is quite too. I read reviews from people saying how loud thiers is, I hear my hard drives over it. Overall, this case bring together style, scalibility, and professionality.

Cons: Nothign major, as I read, I had to remove the USB/Audio port on top to put in my power supply. This is extremely easy, remove a screw and it slides out. Also, if you are putting in a floppy drive, it is a bit hard to figure out how to remove the metal mesh that covers the slot. I ended up just bending the little tab that held it in and pulling it out. Lastly, my graphics card was running hot because it didn't get ANY air flow, so I bought a cheap ($7) thermaltake GPU PCI slot fan. simple fix.

Other Thoughts: This case is HUGE. Litterally. I feel sorry for the UPS man. It comes up to the keyboard drawer, and is about 1.5 times wider then my old one. Although it is pretty light. The edges of the whole inside are very sharp. I cut my hand twice (nothing too bad) and couldn't figure out where it came from. The side fin things on the front are somewhat sharp, but not enough to cut.

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  • Patrick A.
  • 7/11/2008 3:27:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRough start, great outcome

Pros: This case does what it is designed to do, keep your components nice and cool. Very roomy with great air-flow.

Cons: None once everything is set up and runing, but a royal pain in the rear to get there... I'll explain in "Other thoughts"

Other Thoughts: This is my second time dealing with this case. I first used it for a client of mine and now one for myself. Each time proved to be a pain to get together. The case has too many things that get in the way more they they help, such as all of the tool-free features. They are just pointless and not wll executed. I removed all of those features from my personal build, opting to use good ol' screws. At any rate, once everything is said and done, this case is fantastic when it comes to looking really good and keeping the tempuratures WAY down. This is why dispite all the troubles getting it together, I gave it 5 eggs anyway.

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  • Jae B.
  • 6/3/2008 11:17:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is a great case; it fit my needs perfectly. The 25 cm fan on the side takes in a massive amount of air, and the placing of the hard drive cases near the exhaust or intake fans helps keep them cool. This case is good for those who need to fit a lot of bulky components into it; I fit in two 512 video cards and a huge aftermarket heatsink with room to spare, and the case is long enough that I could easily fit my fingers inside to connect cables and such.

Still, its the little things, too. I liked the drawer for holding screws and tools, and the HUGE thumbscrews saved me a hand cramp, I'm sure.

Cons: Maybe its just my power supply (which is MUCH bigger than my friend's, who bought one at the same time as me), but I couldn't fit the top exhaust fan in and had to remove it.

The cables to connect the top USB and 1394 ports could stand to be about 6 inches longer.

Other Thoughts: I had no trouble fitting an absolutely MASSIVE power supply into the case once I removed the hard drive cage at the top of the case. If you're having trouble fitting yours in, try that.

This case costs a bit more, but it's worth it.

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  • CATHERINE B.
  • 5/27/2008 8:59:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Huge case! Can fit any computer configuration you can come up with. Adequate air flow provided by stock fans. LED lights are an aesthetic plus.

Cons: If you need a power supply greater than 650watts you need to remove the topside usb, firewire port to mount the PSU, but you can reattach the port once you finish the mounting. Like others previously mentioned, there are a lot of sharp edges inside. I also drew blood by the time I was done with my computer. The tool-less assembly clips are rubish and can be removed. I also found that the green, backside expansion clips became a big annoyance. I had to remove those as well to properly install my Nvidia 9800GX2.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2008 9:23:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible Piece of Work!

Pros: Vast amounts of space to work in. (easily fits an 8800GTX, which is about the length of an average person's forearm) yet extremely lightweight! I'd wager you can pick it up one handed while empty. Very well ventilated! It's like a giant wire mesh box with the occasional solid sheet of metal to hold it together. This thing doesn't run hot at all, though the stock fans leave a bit to be desired. Plenty of flexibility to mount your drives and fans wherever you please. Plenty of headroom; I managed to mount my Zalman 9700 in easily with no problems, it doesn't touch the 25cm fan or the side panel.

Cons: The FireWire port header is split into individual component plugs! I don't know if this is a standard or not, but it is a major pain to plug in. Eventually I gave up, because I plan to SLI and my second card would cover the header anyway. As one reviewer pointed out, unless you have a relatively small power supply, you will have quite a time trying to squeeze it in there. I also had to remove the top USB ports to get my Thermaltake 1200W in there, but it will fit, so if you were looking to get a TT 1200W with this case, go for it! Also, as another reviewer pointed out, the EVGA 780i's spacer screws don't fit exactly; it will either be poorly aligned with the I/O shield or you'll have to play with the screws at an angle. I just misaligned it with the I/O shield to avoid grounding issues. You won't be able to mount the topside 80mm fan with the mounting bracket if you have a large PSU like I do; I just krazy glued it to the edge.

Other Thoughts: It's a good product overall; I definitely recommend the purchase. Just be very wary of the dimensions of whatever power supply you get, and be very patient with installation on that part in particular. The case has the capacity to front-mount three 120mm fans, but you'll have to either jury rig them with glue or tap the case with screws or something (which I thought about), or you'll have to buy two more of the modular HDD bays available here on Newegg for 16.99 each. I went with the extra HDD bays. The stock 120mm fans are quiet, but the airflow isn't superb; consider replacing them with aftermarket models. I personally went with the Scythe S-FLEX.

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  • Anthony A.
  • 4/5/2008 9:45:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsZog say "Case Good"

Pros: Case is HUGE. Plenty of room to work, run cable, grill assorted meats.... whatever. 25cm side fan moves massive amounts of air. There is nothing small about this case but very light for it's size. Well thought out design. 5.25 Bin w/ thumb screw makes adding/removing drives a breeze.

Cons: the screwless expansion slots are a joke and totally worthless... but easily removed and case accepts screws as normal once the plastic snap levers are out. Quite a few of the panel screw holes were drilled out to the point where thumb screws just slide in and out, not a huge deal. Some sharp edges drew blood during install

Other Thoughts: It's not cheap by any means but if you're putting down the coin for a triple or double sli system you don't wanna put all that expensive hardware in a cardboard box. The pros far out-weigh the cons on this case.

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  • Ryan D.
  • 3/18/2008 6:52:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCavernous!

Pros: Insanely large. Immense. please feel free to add your own symonyms. Ease of assembly is fantastic, enough fans and air flow to keep almost anything you put in here cool and the ability to go watercooled if air isnt enough. Looked at cases for months before deciding on thois one, and i couldn't be a happier panda =P

Cons: not even worth detracting an egg for, but the 850W thermaltake PSU i ordered to fit in it is just a hair too big to get the support bar in place. no worries as its bolted from the back and supported by the HD tray right next to it.

Other Thoughts: Great for a 1st build (the room alone makes it worth the extra cash). highly reccomended to anyone planning on any kind of SLI set up; i bought 2 9600 GT's and im considering a 3rd . my concern is the psu, not case space =)

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  • William G.
  • 2/23/2008 2:09:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Big case but very light for its size. Plenty of room for everything including watercooling. Great airflow. This thing is big and beautiful.

Cons: Price. I guess if you want aluminum you have to pay for it! Would have been nice if it came with an additional fan cage for the front so you could mount a second fan but you can buy one for a reasonable price.

Other Thoughts: A removable motherboard tray is the only thing I can think of that is missing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/3/2008 11:57:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: THIS CASE IS AWESOME! HUGE! The fan on the side pulls in a great amount of air to help cool down the mobo, ram, cpu, etc. This keeps my cpu at 40C and case at 38C, and I am not using all the fans!

Cons: The manual isn't the best. Wish I could hide the cables a bit better, and my mobo doesn't have a spot for the quick audio ports on the top of the case.

Other Thoughts: I am running a quad core processor and it is cooled awesome by the big fan. The case also has room for an awesome about of 5.25 drive bays which I definitely like. The case is nice and roomy so you can basically put anything in it. Also, the case is a bit dark because of how big it is. You may want to buy some cold cathodes to make this look cool. I bought dual 12" cathodes and it looks great!

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