Azza Solano 1000 Mid-Tower Case - Thoughts, Impressions and Installation

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Azza Solano 1000 Mid-Tower Case
Thoughts, Impressions and Installation

First Thoughts/Impressions:

As I pulled the case from its packaging I was quite impressed with the massive side fan, 23cm is huge! In addition to 4 other good sized fans I would figure that it had really excellent cooling ability.

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It reminds me of the Antec 900 gamer chassis that has gained popularity recently, with a little tray above the I/O panel and PSU on the bottom, there are many similarities. As well, most custom builders won't like this case since it has very little room in the backside to hide cables.  While it does provide some holes to go back there, there is only room to permit a few cables.

 


Going against the flow, a case without a door is rare.  However in some situations I think this is a welcome change.  With slots open for only 3 optical drives it gives us a second fan to fill the gap.  Most cases come with only 1 fan in the front, the other is optional.  Seriously, who is going to need more than 3 bays up there anyway?  If you use 2 for optical drives and one for card reader that should fill most users needs.  I will give Azza points for including a second fan in the front.

 

Installation:

Every gamer knows that the secret to having a kick-ass case is how well it manages cables (also there is some user skill involved). This case has some holes to thread cables through the back and a nice tunnel between the motherboard and drive bays to lay cables. Very nice to work in; little if any rough metal edges to gouge yourself on.




Cooling:

If you've read a few of our latest case reviews, you know we have been measuring temperatures on the motherboard, CPU and GPU to determine which case cools the best.  We try to keep the ambient temperature consistent and the results are yours below.

Even with the massive side fan it definitely wasn't as good as the Zero 2.  The motherboard however, seemed to like it a lot.

Conclusion:

I enjoyed the Azza Solano case very much; while it doesn't make the top grade mark it has some redeeming features. Nice cable management, no door, medium cooling performance. For $150 Canadian at NCIX without a PSU it will take a bite out of your wallet, but that's what you pay for quality these days.

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I'd like to thank Azza for sending out the Solano 1000 case for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.