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Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

  • Aluminum/SECC ATX/ BTX
  • Dual USB 2.0, IEEE 1394
  • Rear Fan; Top Fan; Front Fan
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Who says cutting edge cool has to be a pain to set up? Thermaltake's VA8003BWS begs to differ. This easy to install case doesn't need any fancy words to show its edge of cool, one picture is more than enough. But don't think this is just another pretty face. With an unbelievable ten external 5.25" drive bays, two 3.5" external drive bays, and six internal 3.5" drive bays, this case has room for whatever you need of it and then some.

The side panel has the required window with a whopping 250mm side fan. It has two 120mm fans with blue LED's and two 90mm fans: one of each in the rear and the front to make sure the heat from this system are just from its looks. With all this, what more could be asked of it? How about the durability of 1.0mm steel to protect your investment, or the ease of quick connect drive bays. This could indeed be the total package you've been looking for.

  • newegg Incredible Hard Drive Expandability The Thermaltake VA8003BWS 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 Alternative Liquid or Fanless Cooling System With holes for liquid cooling kits, the Thermaltake VA8003BWS features optimized internal space for liquid cooling system installation and provides fanless cooling options with the fanless CPU/VGA cooler and PSU. The optimized internal space and airflow ensure effective fanless cooling.
  • newegg Easy Installation With tool-free installation for 5.25" drives, a removable HDD cage, an HDD and FDD rack, thumb screws and tool-free expansion slots, installation is easy and quick.
  • newegg Compatible with ATX and BTX Form Factors The Thermaltake VA8003BWS supports various motherboard form factors including Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX and even BTX with a BTX Upgrade Kit Package to go with the latest system structures.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel ensures easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 Firewire port and two Audio & Speaker ports.

Learn more about the Thermaltake VA8003BWS

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Series
Armor Series
Model
VA8003BWS

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
1.0mm SECC Chassis/ Aluminum Front Bezel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
10
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
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 (Exhaust 1800rpm ,19dBA)
1 x 90mm Top Fan (Exhaust 1800rpm, 19dBA)
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Front Blue LED Fan (Intake,1300rpm, 17dBA)
1 x 120mm Rear Blue LED Fan (Exhaust,1300rpm, 17dBA)
250mm Fans
1 x 250mm side fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
22.05" x 8.66" x 20.87"

Features

Features
250mm fan on the side panel benefits CPU and GPU temperature and reinforces system stability
Relocate-able front control panel (Power, Reset switch, HDD & PWR LEDs)
Ventilation opening on top (62% opening ratio)
Built-in 5.25''drive bay accessory box
Retractable foot stand

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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  • Gregory H.
  • 12/3/2013 12:58:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHeavy but Effective

Pros: Overall great case, all parts worked for over 5 years, until I finally sold it.

Cons: -Too heavy, got rid of it after too many moves with it

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  • Rob P.
  • 5/20/2013 7:29:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig and Sturdy

Pros: Tons of space and tons of fans

Cons: Heavy as all get out, not ideal for LAN gaming

Other Thoughts: This was the case I was looking for to make sure I had plenty of room to work with and not bust my knuckles

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  • Joseph C.
  • 12/18/2011 8:55:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill building 4 years later 2011<--2007-12

Pros: More hard drives can be installed to the max yet to be reached. Networked via more secure and stable ethernet cable, also with optional D-Link 556 PCI-E wireless adapter, from the living room to my bedroom SmartTV.

Cons: Too big to be carried around; buy a mid-tower if you want to transport more easily; or get a laptop. Wear gloves to install HDDs in sharp-edged bays that a just too cutting edge.

Other Thoughts: Keeping for a very long time. Also purchased a mid tower "little brother" ThermaltakeV9 BlacX Edition w docking station and front USB 3.0 as a companion PC to my SmartTV in the bedroom to play anything from the Net on the 55" ultra 3D screen.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 5/1/2011 10:49:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case, only one issue

Pros: *Tons of room
*Great look
*Made from steel, so withstands our dogs :D
*TONS of expansion room in the front
*Nice drawer on the bottom for room for flash drives and things

Cons: *Power supply is a bit of a pain to get in, but mounts very securely
*I can't get the audio and mic ports to work on the top for the life of me.

Other Thoughts: I don't really know how to hook up the firewire, last time I burnt out my mobo, but Newegg replaced it (<3 :D!), so I could never really get the audio or mic ports to work for it on the top. If anyone else has found a way to get these to work, lemme know. I usually just pull my case out to put on headphones, not a big deal, but let's face it, we're all lazy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2010 5:40:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case

Pros: |
- Stock fans are surprisingly powerful.
- Perfect placement of PSU slot for optimal spacing.
- Incredible number of Drive Bays.
- Tunnels air magnificently.
- Side fan is more than enough to cool the entire PC alone.
- LOTS of room, within the confines, for installation.
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(IT CAN FIT THE 5970 IF THAT HELPS)
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Cons: |
- Big. Lives up to the name of a Full Tower.
- Plastic clips used to hold the HDDs seem a little fragile.
- It's heavy.
- Clips used to hold fans in place are frustrating to work with.
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Other Thoughts: |
::NOTES::
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This case is just HUGE. The only cases I can think that are bigger are the Thermaltake ArmorPlus and the Antec 1200.
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Also the 25cm fan can be switched around to allow room for the bigger CPU heatinks. It takes a little bit of work but it can be done. Just gotta think creatively. ^^
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It has 7 Expansion slots. That means, if each card is a dual slot, you can do Tri-SLI for Nvidia or triple-Crossfire (TrifireX) for ATI.
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  • Douglas M.
  • 2/4/2010 10:08:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAir flow

Pros: It's provided fans work wonders, and aren't too loud. It's a great wind-tunnel effect, really.

Bays are nicely laid out. The "tool-less" clips are useful, though I still recommend using screws. It would still wobble otherwise.

I love the mesh layout of the system, and the 'front doors' for asthetics & usefulness. All in all, this case is not cheaply made. It's a solid case that allows air movement nicely.

Cons: For it's size, I expected more room inside than I had. Getting the power supply in was a real headache for a minute there, just having to position it & it's cables just-so to get it to fit into the bay. Once it did get angled it was a clean slide-in though.

Not really any "fan-bays" if you wish to add some of your own. Either replace existing ones, or make your own location.

Other Thoughts: I was going to install some more fans in the case, but really, the provided fans are such that I don't really need to. I'm using top-of-the-line hardware and it still keeps the system at acceptable temperature levels.

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  • Austin N.
  • 2/4/2010 11:48:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis case is a TANK

Pros: Big case, good air flow for cooling, great for expansion. this case also has a special area for your hard drives (but it only has room for 3)

Cons: for a full tower case this one was surprisingly still cramped to work in. the top section shifted back while i was installing the CD drive so now the front of the case looks a bit awkward.

Other Thoughts: thermaltake wasn't kidding when they named this case "Armor", this thing weighs about 70 lbs when completed!

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  • Robert B.
  • 1/28/2010 3:35:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The tower is great, it is quite big and has plenty of fans to keep it cool. Has room inside for just about every thing you could possible want to put in a new comp tower.

Cons: The only thing that I could possibly complain about is how the two metal flaps on the front kind of get in the way when you are opening diskdrives. But if you leave the flaps open no more problem lol.

Other Thoughts: The tower is big it weighs about 42 pounds, but even for its size it still seems a little cramped inside but thats my fault for sticking so much stuff in it. Eight hard drives, and six diskdrives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/28/2010 2:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUltraMega OK!

Pros: PLENTY of room for most any build. I have pretty big hands, but didn't even scratch a knuckle building in this box.
Built with 4 hard drives + 2 DVD drives, could easily add another two hard drives and 2 DVD drives and still have room for more stuff.
Extra USB, firewire, mic, headset plugs on top are nice; good, quiet fans; solid construction; system runs very cool (around 28C, CPU around 37C - 40C).

Cons: A little heavy - but hey, it's HUGE
Fan lights are not necessary, but don't really bother me, so not really a con.

Other Thoughts: Phenom II x4 955
Gigabyte GA-790XTA -UD4 mobo
Gigabyte GT 240 video
3 - 640 GB WD Caviar HDDs
1 - 40GB Kingston SSD
2 - HP 1260i DVDs
Kubuntu server + LinuxMint + Sabayon + XP Pro

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  • Joseph P.
  • 1/27/2010 10:35:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsCool and Quiet

Pros: This case is cool and quiet. It is heavy so no one is going to be running off with it.

It has room to add at least 3 140mm fans besides the fans already included.

You get to choose your own power supply and I put in a 1000watt one without a problem...make sure it has long cords, you need them.

Both side panels come off for easy access. The MB tray comes out for easy mounting. The case is spacious. I have the Ultra Chilltech peltier cooler and it fits without a problem plus the outflow from that fan is pointed right at one of the included exhaust fans on the case.

4 USB's are available in front making it easy to connect USB accessories. It also has an eSata and Firewire upfront also. There is a storage compartment on the top and the no tools component holders make it easy to mount hard drives and DVD/CD components.

It is quiet...YEAH!

Cons: I like that it is heavy, but for some it could be an issue.

I would like a switch to turn off the darn lights. They look nice, but if you leave it on all night and it is in anyway within site of your bed it will keep you up.

The wings in front look nice, but are a pain. A CD tray will push past them, but if you forget to open them up all the way they can catch the tray on the return. If they made them a little smaller so it would not catch a tray it would not be a problem.

I have pushed the on button without meaning to because it sits on top of the case and I find myself sometimes resting my hand there...yeah I know.

Make sure you have enough headroom under a desk if you are putting it there and also it sticks out farther than most units. I don't mind the size, but it can be an issue for some.

Other Thoughts: I would buy it again and again.

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