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Azza Storm 6000W Chassis Review

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Posted September 15, 2017 by Josh Jackson in Cases & PSU

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $130 on Newegg with $30 Rebate
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Pleasing Aesthetics, 5 included RGB Fans, Roomy Interior, Solid Number of Features
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Fans can be a bit noisy, Minor design details can hinder certain levels of installation preferences
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you like the design aesthetic, then you're getting a pretty versatile case for the cash.
by Josh Jackson
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Exterior

The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this case was an immediate flashback to Crysis with the hexagonal openings that are located on both the front and the top of the case. They are partly see-through and partly solid, which adds this cool effect when you pass light through them. You’ll also notice a large tempered glass panel on the one side of the case, which offers maximum visibility to all your awesome hardware. The downside to it is that your cable management must be on point, or it will look like a rushed job. I will confess that I spent a long time on the cable management in this case to get it looking the way that it did. It was by no means perfect, but I feel that it was a fair effort. Anyways, onward!

When we look at the rear of the chassis as it were, you can see that the panel is held in place by no more than two thumbscrews. Well, they are thumbscrews, but you’ll require a screw driver to get them out the first time and you’ll probably want to use one to tighten it fully as well. They are in an odd location and I’ve never seen this on a case before, but they do the job. I would’ve preferred for them to be on the back of the panel rather than on the side. Perhaps that’s just the conventional thinking in me talking, though.

 

At the front of the case, we have the power button – the only cable connecting to your motherboard header – and an RGB controller. Furthermore, we have one 5.25-inch drive bay, and a few ports further up the case. You get two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and both a headphone and microphone jack. The USB 2.0 ports are a bit of a strange one to me, as on new hardware, you’re lucky to get a single USB 2.0 header, let alone two of them. I had to leave them unplugged in favor of my NZXT Hue+ that annoyingly uses a USB 2.0 header. I should probably consider modding that into a proper USB cable at some point, but that’s a topic for another day.

Airflow is going to be somewhat an issue when venting from the top of the chassis. It is very limited in terms of where the air can go. A few of the hexagon shapes have a small cutout – three of them, to be exact – and the rest of the airflow must be vented via a cutout at the rear of the panel. Given that the cutout is lower than where the fans are, there’s going to be a bit of a struggle for the air to get out of the vents efficiently.

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