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Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio / e-SATA Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Thermaltake's Armor+MX VH8000BWS 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 seven PCI expansion cards without tools. Up to five externally accessible 5.25" drives and a 3.5" also install without tools in the modularized removable drive cage. One external bay can be configured to accept a 3.5" drive and another four 3.5" drives can be mounted in the internal, removable cage. An adjustable PSU support bridge lets you mount a big enough power supply to take advantage of your components' capabilities.

The case is configured to provide separate cooling zones for drives, CPU and graphic cards. The drives are cooled by a 17dBA 120mm blue LED fan in the front. A massive 230mm blue LED 15dBA fan draws in air from the side to cool the VGA cards and a rear-mounted 120mm, 17dBA fan exhausts the hot air. 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 along with HD audio jacks at the upper front of the durable SECC steel case.

  • newegg Supreme Expandability with 9 Drive Bays Featuring five 5.25" external drive bays, and four modularized HDD trays, the Thermaltake Armor+MX provides supreme expandability.
  • newegg Peerless Cooling Performance The Thermaltake Armor+MX features one huge 230mm cooling fan on the side panel for maximum VGA cooling, as well as one 120mm fan in the front and one at the rear to optimize internal airflow for peerless cooling performance.
  • newegg Transparent Side Panel Window The Thermaltake Armor+MX’ fantastic transparent side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system. The blue fan LEDs add stylishness and eye-catching fun.
  • newegg Useful Tool Box The Thermaltake Armor+MX features a tool box located on the top to accommodate CDs or any other accessories.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel enables easy access to four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the Thermaltake VH8000BWS

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  • 12/12/2013 2:13:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGot the job done

Pros: Good size for a mid tower, I was able to fit a 580 in it, barely, but it held everything nicely. Looks kinda cool. Was fairly cheap, and good quality for the price.

Cons: I had an issue with the fans, as did a few others. The side fan somehow got out of line and needed to be replaced within 6 months. The rear fan died after about 1.5 years.

Other Thoughts: I know this case is discontinued, but having owned it for several years I feel I should write a review.

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  • Franks
  • 11/21/2012 7:26:27 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: The casing looks really cool. There is enough space to put all of your parts, even if you want to duel graphics card. The fans have worked properly for a reasonable amount of time.

Cons: One of the fans hit the side of the casing at a point in time and I would have to try and readjust it in order for it not to make a weird sound. After some time, the other fan became inoperable because of possibly too much dust. I have never cleaned the fan individually but just blew out the casing with air and used a small vacuum.

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  • Morgan33
  • 1/15/2012 10:07:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMinor Issues

Pros: The pros are as stated by the other fine reviewers. Ample room, good air flow, makes your nerd circle 'blue' with envy.

Cons: I, like others had to play hide and seek with the mounting hardware for the 230 fan. Luckily I had the correct size (one bolt and three nuts) pieces, or the fan would have bee use less. The other issue I am having is that the indicator lights don't seem to work (HDD, Power, ring around the power button). The mobo I also purchased seems to make this fool proof, but here I am. Haven't had time to delve into it, because I shouldn't have too. Also (not really Tt's problem), but the power led plug is setup for three pins, where I only have two and I had to reposition the plug location to fit my mobo.

Other Thoughts: Will be contacting Tt about possible solution to the lighting issue. If anyone has any input, would be appreciated.

My mobo is: EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58

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  • 12/23/2011 10:13:02 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood but not great.

Pros: Best looking case ever, big size for a mid-tower, solid construction

Cons: Cable management, kinda tight for modern video cards (but its a mid-tower so what can you expect), no top exhaust fan.

Other Thoughts: Something about this case, sure hiding the wires for a pro looking instal was a PITA, almost as big as a full tower but inside space is mid-tower... While there are drawbacks to this case once you manage to get everything tucked away, you just have to look at it and PITA time you had putting it all together will just melt away. It's all about how nice your case looks compared to your friends BOXES anyway right? ;)

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  • Visara
  • 8/31/2011 10:29:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: Very large, plenty of room. Best looking case I've ever owned. Love the metal, magnetic flaps on the front of the case.
Very sturdy and built solidly. Tool-less installation.
Awesome, huge side fan with blue LED. Very quiet. Can't even tell it's on except for the LED lights.

Cons: Not enough fans; NEEDS an exhaust fan at the top of the case, but there's no room because of the sliding tool bay drawer and top-mounted power supply.

Hard drive cage must be completely removed in order to run SLI or Crossfire if you're using an aftermarket cooler on your graphics cards or they won't fit.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case, but because of the lack of a top exhaust fan, I'm taking off an egg. There's just no excuse for that.

I had to mod my case to put in my own fan at the top and ended up cracking the plastic because of it.

I won't buy another Thermaltake case until they smarten up and place an exhaust fan at the top. One single exhaust fan at the back of the case is not enough for the heat my GPU and CPU generate while gaming.

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  • patchj
  • 5/23/2011 4:11:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA little over priced and over rated

Pros: It's a little bigger then most mid sized cases. Nice big window. Over all it's very pleasing to the eye. The tool-less PCI design is nice. They are nice thick strong pieces of plastic. I read other reviews say that theirs have broken. I've had mine for over 3 years with a few GPU upgrades with no problems. Maybe there using too much force. Who knows?

Cons: Fist of all there is no cable management at all. I had to become a little McGyver to hide all my wires. With most of them crammed in the 5.25 bays. The 230mm fan is loud. This would not be a problem from me if the fan pushed a lot of air onto my graphics cards, but it doesn't. Its very weak and very disappointing. It seems that all the fans are a little on the weak side. I found this out when my rear exhaust fan died and I bought a fan with 68.33 CFM. The new fan blows about 20-25 more CFM then the old. Matter of fact my 600w PSU pushed more air then the case fans. Again very disappointing. I replaced all the fans except the 230mm. If your 230mm fan dies or you want a better one, its almost impossible to find a replacement. You might have to do a little modding to put a 220mm or a 250mm on. There much easier to find. So in short stock air flow , cable management, and the price sucks!

Other Thoughts: For the price of this case there are way better mid and full ATX cases out there. Like Coolermaster and Antec. So if your in the market for a new case you may want to do some research and look elsewhere. Or buy the full version of this case. Its a better built unit.

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  • Trippsters_Soul
  • 4/15/2011 8:06:02 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 years still as new

Pros: Great case had this case for two years no problems still looks new from the day taken out of box, Had enough room for my hardware.

Cons: Running Cables can get tight especially around where the Hard drive cage is,

Other Thoughts: Depending on your setup size of mobo and how many cards you have especially with the size of video cards keep case demensions in mind, For me its the perfect size for my gaming machine, im currently running

AMD Phenom X4
4gig ram
Saphire HD4830 1GB GDDR3
Creative XFI extreme gamer sound card.
System runs great prob will upgrade my hardware next year and will get this case again for second system if all hardware will fit. Just keep have to watch on demensions of hardware and the demensions inside the case.

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  • 3/28/2011 9:04:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice case, but not perfect.

Pros: Great looking. I love everything from the curves, to the bright LED's on the side of the case. Tons of room for expansion bays and extra HDD's. Top side drawer allows for storage for small tools or screws, and it's also removable if you'd like to install a liquid cooling system. Pretty slick! Running two EVGA GTX 460's in this case with room to spare.

The "tool-less" options are fine for the extremely lazy builder, but I don't trust them. Luckily, everything can be mounted old-school with screws, so really you get the best of both worlds, which is great.

Front fan pumps tons of air in, and the rear 120mm fan does a nice job of pumping it out.

Comes with tons of screws and cable ties, so all you'll really need is a screwdriver.

Cons: Cable management could be better. A hole on the side of the case where the Motherboard is mounted could help significantly with cable routing.

The 230mm side fan is very loud. I hums like a small vacuum cleaner, and can get annoying after a while. Will look into replacing if at all possible.

All the case fans use Molex connectors, so they can't be plugged into the motherboard for adaptive fan speed without a 4pin adapter, meaning they'll be running at full speed all the time. Would've been nice to have the option out of the box.

Front side air flow could be better. The HDD shieding bays block what could otherwise be a lot of airflow. The front bottom 120mm LED fan get blocked by most of the HDD loading bay, and if you have it filled, you can forget about getting any air through there.

Not a fan of the top loading PSU slot, for airflow reasons. Would prefer it to be on the bottom. Not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I bought this back in July of 2010 when NewEgg threw it on one of its Shellshocker deals. Got it at a fantastic price.

I didn't actually build my rig until a couple weeks ago (March, 2011), and upon powering up the case, I noticed the Power Button LED and HDD LED's were dead. Too late to RMA it back to Newegg (obviously), so I contacted Thermaltake and they're actually sending me the replacement parts to fix it. Nothing more than an aesthetic flaw, but I like my LED's and as of now the thing looks dead from the front when it's turned on.

Bought another 120mm case fan, and will be adding it to either the front or top to improve airflow.

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  • Swanny
  • 3/14/2011 5:26:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it...

Pros: Cooling and Style...the case looks wonderful and modern without all the childish additions of some cases. Cooling is very effective. There was room for an additional fan at the top of the case. I placed one there even though I don't feel that I really need it. Tool less design is great. Everything installs very easily and quickly. The two doors on the front are made of solid steel and add a wonderful touch to the case.

Cons: The 230mm cooling fan on the side has very bright leds. I've desoldered them and connected them to their own dimmer. Other than that...nothing.

Other Thoughts: What can I say that I haven't already. This was my first full build from the ground up and I think this case is wonderful for the project.

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  • Bitstorm
  • 3/14/2011 9:28:24 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove the case, although not perfect

Pros: Great look, very solid. The front/top USB, headset and eSATA connectors all proved to be very convenient over time.

Cons: The front "flaps" can be more annoying than useful. Cooling could also be improved.

The 230mm fan on the side panel is very loud. In fact, the noise doesn't come from the fan itself (which is very silent), but from the flow of air through the side panel (I guess they made the holes a bit too small). It's better now (see other thoughts).

Also, cooling wasn't sufficient in the PCI slots area (even with the huge 230mm fan) with my old GTX280 (65nm GPU), which I quickly replaced with a GTX285 (45nm GPU) -thanks to BFG's trade-up program- and that alone made the temp inside the case drop by about 10 degrees.

I might not have needed to upgrade the GPU if I had been able to add another case fan in this area (e.g. in the bottom side of the case or something). I tried adding one of those fans who supposedly suck air out through a pci slot, but it was ineffective.

I'm all happy with the case now, but hopefully Thermaltake will improve this in future versions.

Other Thoughts: While I would've preferred to have my side panel exchanged for a fixed version, I did as suggested by Thermaltake tech support and added small washers so the 230mm fan is now 1-2 mm farther from the side panel (it's cheaper than shipping fees to send the panel back to Thermaltake). That was enough to reduce the airflow a bit and cut the noise by half which is now acceptable. However, this also means less airflow to cool the inside of the case, and the PCI slots area may need it.

This is not the kind of stuff I was expecting to have to deal with when buying quality products like Thermaltake, but now that these cons have been dealth with, I love the case and still recommend it.

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