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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: AZZA Solano Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: CSAZ-1000R Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Interior Features

Lets take a closer look at what the AZZA Solano 1000R has to offer us, after all a case cannot be judged solely on looks. There are other equally important factors such as functionality, practicality and performance to take into consideration.

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While the HDD cages might be a bit of a pain to remove, they certainly make up for this flaw by combining functionality and performance. The interior of each cage is lined with foam which is there to serve in reducing HDD vibration. They also serve as a fan holder which means that the HDD's in your system will receive much needed airflow.

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No space is wasted on the rear of the case, in many other cases the only ventilation holes seen are where the fan is installed. AZZA provide a black 120mm fan here, this one doesn't need to be an LED fan as you won't see it when the side door is on anyway. The pre-installed water cooling holes are handy as this means you won't need to get out your rotary tool and mess up your nice new case. In the bottom you can see four black stand-off's these support the PSU during installation and reduce vibration once it is installed, they also provide that little bit more clearance to get loads of cool air in your PSU.

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A second 230mm red LED super fan is built-in on the side panel which AZZA claim is to support CPU cooling, I guess the fact that it also covers the chipsets, graphics card and RAM is just an added bonus. This fan is the same as the one installed in the top, which might I remind you is 1.25" thick, and it will interfere with a tall CPU cooler like the HDT S1283 installed below.

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You may notice that I have the CPU cooler installed facing up, this was necessary in order to get the side panel on, as the built in fan conflicted slightly on the edge of the cooler when it was installed facing the rear (and still does slightly as you can see on the right side bottom corner of the CPU cooler). As you can see, the cable routing cut out's serve their purpose keeping the tangled mess of wires hidden in the back and not out front restricting airflow. The only problem with a bottom mounted PSU is that they are not always designed to be installed there and you can have issues with cable length, mainly with the CPU power cable as it has to travel the entire length of the case, and you might find yourself needing an extension.



 

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# Azza CSAZ-1000R vs Nox CoolBay HXFrank 2010-03-02 08:15
Hi, isn`t this the same as a Nox Coobla HX with red painted (just like their coolbay red devil edition)? Just a thought

Frank
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# RE: AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer CaseLaurentio 2010-04-25 11:55
well, i think this case is very identical to the NOX coolbay HX.. i had it once and when i saw nox coolbay, it's almost exactly the same.. the difference lies on the front fans.. azza solano has 2 front fans while nox coolbay hx only has one.. the rest remains exactly the same.. i really wonder if these two cases have any relations to each other..
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# This is 90% Antec 900 10% AzzaBdubs 2010-09-08 09:46
Show some LED lit pictures.
The fan layout (two front, 1 back, and a large top exhaust fan is all Antec 900). Even the beveled slope to the front end is. Azza added a large side case fan that the Antec only provided a place to attack a fan to (much smaller fan as well). The 1" feet and venting holes on the bottom of the case are a nice customization to the Antec case... The addition of Esata on the front panel and a lighted button are nice (albeit PITA if you need to change it out to RED).

Things they didn't improve & made more difficult are the HD cages & mounting new Harddrives. Takes less than 30-60 seconds to undo and remove the HD cages to change drives around.
These were $69.99 AR & Free shipping and Newegg this past summer but who knows if those prices will come back.
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# Can you add some pictures showing it illuminated at night or in a dark room?Bdubs 2010-09-08 09:47
First thanks for the review. Would have been nice if you had shown some night time or dark room pictures showing the LED & lighting. I also have built a read themed case but unlike you I felt (from the pictures on Newegg) that the RED paint was just a little bit overwhelming. I wanted the lighting to be the focus and a nice contrast with the black or silver of most cases.
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# Mr.Dennis 2012-02-04 06:26
What's the biggest motherboard you can fit in this thing?
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