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Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Steel / Plastic Gaming ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case VL98521W2U w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply

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  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 4 x USB2.0, 1 x e-SATA, HD Audio Front Ports
  • 850W (W0319RU) Power Supply
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 (with 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD) Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Thermaltake's VL98521W2U case combines high-end features with a mid-range price to deliver the ability to grow your system over time. This mid tower case supports ATX and Micro ATX motherboards and lets you install up to seven expansion cards. Three external 5.25" drives and six 3.5" internal drives also install without tools for maximum convenience and minimum downtime. One hidden 2.5" bay can accept a 2.5" SSD for blazing fast speed. A massive protective front door allows easy access to your drives. Hidden cable shelter behind drive bays for cable management helps eliminate the clutter and improve the airflow inside the case.

A 120mm blue LED fan in the front draw air over your drives, a massive 200mm blue LED top fan and a rear-mounted 120mm turbo fan exhausts the hot air. Bottom based PSU design provides a better air circulation for more efficient cooling. If additional cooling is needed, the case is configured to take a liquid cooling system. Two USB 2.0 and an eSATA ports are conveniently located on the top, as well as two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports on the front panel offers easy access to your peripherals. The built-in modular 850W power supply unit delivers strong and reliable power to all components.

  • newegg “Bulletproof” Armor Design Utilizing the black “bulletproof” armor design, the Thermaltake VL98521W2U delivers unparalleled ruggedization and reliability, and the metal mesh elements can help improve the system cooling.
  • newegg Efficient Cooling The Thermaltake VL98521W2U features one 120mm cooling blue LED fan in the front for maximum drive cooling, as well as one 200mm blue LED fan on the top and one 120mm turbo fan at the rear to optimize internal airflow for peerless cooling performance. The top and front blue LED-fan also enhance combat ambience for optimal game experience.
  • newegg Triangular Side Panel Window The Thermaltake VL98521W2U’s fantastic transparent triangular side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system. The 120mm side panel VGA cooling opening enhances the cooling for the VGA card.
  • newegg Bottom Based PSU The bottom-mount PSU design helps improve the air circulation inside the case for optimized cooling.
  • newegg Liquid Cooling Ready 2 x liquid cooling punch out holes allow you to install the water cooling system effortlessly, providing an extra cooling solution.
  • newegg Built-In 850W PSU The Thermaltake VL98521W2U case is equipped with a powerful 850W power supply unit that delivers strong power to all system components and provides a high level of system reliability. And the modular design with cable management eliminates the clutter and helps improve the airflow.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Preston S.
  • 12/1/2011 2:34:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Where to begin? Tons of room, great fans keep case cool and are quiet, front and side panel go on and off very easily. Built tough, doesn't feel weak. Looks nice. 850w power supply can run anything. Modular power supply comes in handy for cable management. 4 frond USB 2.0 ports. Power button is firm for no accidental shutdown.

Cons: Not many, the power button is right under where you garb the front panel door to get to the CD drive. It could accidently pressed but it has not happened to me yet. It is also quite heavy if your gonna be transporting often it could be a problem but I don't plan on moving it a lot.

Other Thoughts: Keeps everything I have cool. I'm using this case for my gaming computer.

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  • Josh E.
  • 9/14/2011 2:44:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPower Supply Failure

Pros: Great value for a solid case and decent power supply

Cons: Power Supply failed after about 7 months

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Resistance,
We at Thermaltake apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. We can replace the PSU under warranty service. Please contact for warranty instructions.
Best regards,

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  • Brandon S.
  • 4/19/2011 3:24:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works for SLI

Pros: PROS:-
Fan 200mm
Blue leds, 4 usb ports.

Cons: CONS:
10.5’’ gpu max (unless you cut out part of hdd cage) then 13’’ but most would not.
Runs cool. Shipping killed the price tag for it.

Other Thoughts: Yes so this case is not the best bang for your buck since it lacks any form of cable management but that’s not to huge since the power supply is modular that came with it. front cover blocks noise from dvd drive ^^ win.

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  • Gerald D.
  • 4/16/2011 7:09:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Combo, Great Price

Pros: Short metal hinged door with magnetic latch covers 3x 5.25" and 1x 3.5" external bays.
Lots of top and front (alongside door) I/O connectors, plus an unobtrusive reset button.
Plenty of ventilation.
Cut-outs for liquid cooling if you plan to add it.
Rear cut-out for I/O panel fits my MB perfectly.
Good quality throughout; very little plastic (mostly for tool-free drive bays.
PSU rated ATX 12V 2.3 (newer than 2.2 advertised) and all wiring and connectors look very well made, including a box full of modulars.
PSU 850W is continuous rating, not max or peak.
PSU is bottom-mounted.

Cons: None Yet and None Expected.

Other Thoughts: Got this for a new build with ASUS P8H67-M EVO (Rev 3) motherboard and i5-2500K CPU. Couldn't have made a better choice. Can start with onboard graphics, but has plenty of power for at least one GPU - maybe more - for those who want a game box. For anyone overwhelmed by all the cases on the market, like I was, I highly recommend this combo. Disclaimer: I don't work for anybody or receive any benefit for this review.

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  • Robert C.
  • 3/30/2011 1:49:21 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Very Solid, Tons of connections for everything you may want to put in here. 3 case fans are huge and quiet. Very well made.

Cons: NA

Other Thoughts: Bottom mounted power supplies are so nice for cable management.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 3/9/2011 10:40:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond Review (6+ Months)

Pros: Hey, I wrote the first review on the item so I decided I should maybe add an update on it. Heh. As some of you pointed out there is a few issues with this case. The lack of holes to route cables through at the bottom is really quite bothersome.. But chances are if something like that bothers you, it won't be much to just drill a hole.. But yea' I always feel that getting a cheap PSU or one that comes with a case as hit or miss. It seems even though some have had issues or concerns with it I have been much luckier. It has preformed greatly for me and I never notice any heat or noise coming from it. It has run and will continue to run high end graphics cards. (Although anything beyond dual sli / xfire you WILL need more.) I have however ran into a single issue with the length of the cables.. Some of them are terribly short and I think it would of been nice to have some that are short, single molec connectors.

Cons: All in all this case is solid as a rock, let's a ton of air get through it and really was just what I was looking for.. A good deal.
Thanks Thermaltake and Newegg.

Other Thoughts: PEACE.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2011 7:12:51 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case Lots of features

Pros: I am very please with this case. It arrived it good shape and is everything it says it is. I have seen some bad reviews about not enough PCIe plugs the power supply (P/N W0319RU) came with 2 PCIe 6 prongs and 2 PCIe 6+2 (8) prongs...this is perfect for someone running a dual card setup even with newer gen cards. Maybe i was juast lucky.

Cons: One of my Molex sets looked like one of the pins on the Power supply connector was melted. Im sure this is a defective harness and NOT such a big deal as it comes with 2 (7 molex total) and thats plenty seeing how i run everything SATA and through a fan controller. I am going to RMA it as I do feel I deserve a replacement. If I tried Newegg they want to ship the whole darn thing and thats not happening when its still usable.

Other Thoughts: If you looking for a good case with plenty of dust fitler room for extra fans and plenty or room this may be for you. Its different and thats what sold me. I docked and Egg for the messed up power supply cable. Totally not neweggs fault this is from Thermaltakes lack of quality control. Shame on you someone has to put those wires sets in the box.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Alot of room,more than enough for Tuniq 120
8800GTX sli .Very sleek look not overkill.Handy hideaway cavities for wires etc...Front 2x USB,mic,hd set.
Lower PS mount prevents PS heat in case(Holds a Corsair 1000 easily).Good cooling and air movement.
Integrated Liquid cool options for future use.

Cons: Power supply cables no 90 * molex conections especially for the hard drive(s).But this is a problem with alot of manufactures.Engineers should start thinking inside the box for less wire clutter.Alittle more thought/engineering makes for less wire waisted(saves money) =less clutter and air restriction.The front panel door is well made but should open then slide back out of the way when using a bay device with sound and video attachments.noise is average.It cant tell my wife why its worthy of ownership.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice upgrade from my aluminum Antec case of 5 years.Very good quality ,side panels are a little flimsy but when installed are very rigid and strong.A side panel fan can be added .Front panel removes easily but be carefull a little to easy in my opinion.

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  • Jeremy W.
  • 2/2/2011 12:38:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLooks Like It Could Take A Bullet And Live

Pros: Make no mistake, this case is big and heavy! It creates and imposing presence and looks every bit like it was made out of armor and could take a bullet and shrug it off to keep on going.

Both side panels and front panel come off for easy all around access, and three pre-installed fans at front, rear and top operate nice and quiet while blue LED's embedded in them create a nice ambiance.

Case has room for six hard drives, three CD drives, and a floppy drive bay, with a magnetic door keeping everything discrete and out of sight until you need access.

Another nice feature is that when system is put into sleep mode, everything turns off, meaning there's no blindingly blue power LED continuously blinking through the night.

Got this case when it was being offered WITH an 850W power supply, which is more than ample for any type of system! Cabling from the power supply is just long enough without being excessive.

Cons: Mounting system for motherboard is a bit tricky to figure out, what with using a system of bumps of metal and standoff's to support if flat. Get out a flashlight and shine it into the case and you'll see that there's a legend embossed next to the points that read either "A" for ATX or "M" for MiniATX.

Tool-less install only refers to the hard drive and CD drive bays! Unique spring/pin clips on the side basically lock into the right side of the drives where two screws would be, but I put in screws on the left side just because. The floppy drive bay does not have this feature.

This has been brought up in other reviews, but there is no cable management with this case. The power supply cables are wrapped in a snag-less wrapping, so maybe that's what they were going for? Either way, if you want cable management, grab yourself some zipties.

Other Thoughts: Team this case up with a Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 motherboard and you have yourself one monster powerhouse of USB.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: -lots of room
-good quality power supply
-came will all parts/screws needed (had problems with some other cases)

Cons: None!!!

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if they had an option for a more powerful power supply because the video cards that i want to crossfire require a minimum of 950 Watt power supply

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