|AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 03 February 2010|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.