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AZZA Solano 1000

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Posted June 2, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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The AZZA Solano does have an extensive feature list and gets many of them right but it does fall short in a few aspects.  The placement of the side 230mm intake fan is a couple of inches too high to provide proper cooling to the graphics cards if there are more than one installed in an SLI or Crossfire configuration.  This also prevented the use of a tall tower style heatsink or internally mounted radiator.  The touchy realignment of the hard drive cages ended up being more frustrating than user friendly, although the thumbscrew design did make it easier to try to realign them.  But, on a surprising note, the thumbscrew design on the PCI slots was a welcome change from the norm, something we usually see utterly fail but AZZA has done a fine job.

After rebates are applied, the Solano 1000 can be found for about $90 USD, sitting in an entry-level market segment that features a few popular competitors that also target gamers. While the Solano does have a few drawbacks, it’s a good first effort by AZZA and offers a pretty good product for gamers on a tight budget. It’s not designed to compete with the heavyweights, so when you consider what you get for the price tag, it’s a very good buy.

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Our thanks go to AZZA for providing the Solano 1000 for this review.

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