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The concept of modularity has been introduced in building computer systems as a viable economic solution in terms of being able to upgrade or modify individual parts instead of throwing out the entire system when it becomes obsolete.  Users can often replace a processor or a video card when a much more powerful, compatible component becomes available.  Stock heatsinks can be replaced with aftermarket parts which offer better thermal headroom.  The concept of modularity however is not often associated with computer cases since they are designed to only hold the individual system components in place.  When space inside a case is limited, however, modularity comes into play once again and presents a solution to the limited work area.

 

A few years ago, Thermaltake came up with the Lanbox series, which were fully modular, small form-factor gaming cases.  As the name would suggest, these cases were primarily aimed at LAN-party gamers who prefer to carry a smaller rig instead of a full-sized computer tower to the event.  Since computer hardware changes at a very fast pace, the needs of gamers between when the original Lanbox case was released and now have also changed.  Thermaltake’s answer: The Armor A30 gaming case.

 

The Thermaltake Armor A30 gaming case is essentially an updated version of a Lanbox case. The Thermaltake Armor A30 gaming case can fit either a micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboard. Since the A30 is part of the Armor case series, it takes on the “scalene” aesthetic of its siblings.  The Thermaltake A30 has a USB 3.0 front panel port, as well as support for high-end video cards like the AMD HD5970, which measures 13-inches in length. With the rise in usage of SSD drives, the Thermaltake Armor A30 also comes equipped with a mounting area for up to two 2.5” drives.

 

 

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