Performance Analysis & Final Thoughts
Now that you’ve seen the case in its glory, and with a system inside it, it’s time to go over some of the key aspects and give you the final verdict on the Storm 6000W.
First and foremost, I would like to discuss the AZZA fans with you, and I need to be brutally honest, that I have become used to high-end fans with minimal noise outputs. The Hurricane RGB fans, as they’ve dubbed them, sure do live up to their name. They shift a reasonable amount of air, but they are far too noisy for my particular liking. The specifications on the website are also incorrect with regards to the connector type. They are in fact 3-pin connections rather than the 4-pin PWM variant which they proclaim them to be. If you have a modern motherboard, it isn’t too much of an issue as you can control the fans with the voltage instead of via PWM. The other aspects work flawlessly and are very nicely implemented in my humble opinion. The RGB works great and there’s plenty of light given off with the uniform look that AZZA says they’ve got. At 5 volts, they do give off a low-frequency hum, which isn’t very pleasant to look at. When you move them up to 7 volts, that hum disappears, but then you start to get greeted with motor noise, and at 12 volts, well… you’ve already read what I think of the noise output there. I understand that they are not going to be quiet like Noctua fans, so it ultimately isn’t the biggest flaw to point out. I just want you to know that they aren’t as quiet as I had expected.
The manual that AZZA provides is more like an overview of the features of the case. It does not tell you that you can remove the PSU shroud, or that you can mount the SSDs to the top of the shroud by moving the drive bays around. It feels like an overview, much like that of the webpage itself, more than a manual. It’s not an issue for the more experienced PC builders, but if this happens to be your first case and you’re not totally familiar with the concept of removing parts other than the 5.25-inch drive bays (which they do cover) … then you may be in for a bit of a bit of a struggle.
I originally wanted to mount a 140mm fan to the rear of the chassis post review, which you can do as it does have the mount holes, but there’s a critical thing that AZZA has overlooked. If you mount a 140mm fan to the rear, you need to mount it in the lowest position available due to a rivet that is going to hit the outer shroud of the fan. The fan also comes extremely close to touching the side panel, which makes it impossible to place an LED strip next to it. It’s not a deal breaker for some, but it was for me.
Tool-less installation is impossible within the chassis as there is not a single thumbscrew within the chassis and even the ones on the exterior are somewhat difficult to use completely without tools. I would have liked to see the screws to be black rather than this extremely dated bright silver color that AZZA chose to use. It’s simple and small details like that which really elevate the overall feel of a case for me, and I feel it is an extremely cheap change that would bring a lot more elegance to the table. Perhaps the addition of cable grommets would have been good too, but they can be a pain to use when you’ve got a multitude of cables fighting for the same hole. Sometimes, it’s best to remove them as it offers a cleaner look overall.
On to something positive! The price is currently set at $130 at the time of writing, but Newegg is offering a $30 rebate, which brings it down to a somewhat more reasonable $100. You’re not getting the best quality on the market, but given that it is $100, you do get a pretty versatile case for the cash and five 120mm RGB fans. It might be worth considering if you are looking at building a new system and like the styling. There’s also a beautiful tempered glass side panel, which allows you to really show off your system in all its glory. Yes, the mounting mechanism could be better, but once it is installed, it looks darn good. You can choose black or white thumbscrews to mount the glass panel, for what it’s worth. I chose to use the white ones as it offers a little more contrast and overall, I felt it looked a bit better. With that, we happily award the AZZA Storm 6000W Chassis the Pureoverclock Good Hardware Award!