AZZA Toledo 301 Mid-Tower Case - Closer Look Inside

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AZZA Toledo 301 Mid-Tower Case
Closer Look Inside
Specifications and Conclusion
 

A Closer Look Inside:

Once we remove the left side panel, (by removing 2 thumb screws) we can see how much room we have to install all of our components. The first thing that caught my attention was the bundle that came with all the mounting hardware and booklet. Then I noticed the raised areas that replaced the use of stand-off for motherboard installation. They manufactured this case not to need them – a nice touch. The tool-less HDD mounting system was next.  It is a pretty standard feature and worked as well as any other I’ve used recently. Next was the cut-out for mounting an aftermarket heat-sink without removing the motherboard. This is standard for cases now.

Side Off
Side Off
Right Side Off
Right Side Off

 

Then, I noticed the three fans that came pre-installed. The left side panel has a huge 250mm blue LED fan – as previously mentioned. The HDD mounting area has a 120mm blue LED intake fan and the rear of case has a 120mm black exhaust fan. The top of the case also has enough space to mount 2x120mm fans and/or a 240mm radiator which I would recommend installing at least the two fans to optimize the airflow. Last but not least was the control wiring. It was long enough to reach anywhere your board might require.

Side Panel Fan
Side Panel Fan
Side Panel Inside
Side Panel Inside

 

Installation and Testing:

Front Removed Installing all of my components was very easy and painless. The Toledo can accept ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. The fact that there is no need for motherboard stand-offs was nice and made mounting it very simple. The HDD mounting system was very convenient and easy to use. It has four HDD slots which can accept 3.5in or 2.5in HDDs. One is specifically designed for a 2.5in HDD (think SSD). All you have to do is squeeze the tabs of desired location and pull. To install my HDD all I did was bend the HDD bracket a little then slide my HDD in and squeezed it making sure the pins were located right. Then I just slid it back into the HDD cage.

Next, I installed the optical drive which was very easily done. The Toledo has four optical drive bays which are held in place by one hinged latch. First, I had to remove the front by pulling firmly on bottom front of the case to remove it. Then, I removed the desired slot blank by squeezing it on both sides and pulling it out. Then I re-installed the front. The tool-less mounting system for mounting the optical drive was very easy to use. All you have to do is slide the two latches inward and flip it open. Then slide your optical drive in until it is even with the front. Once this is done, close the tool-less latches and slide the lock outward. Done!

The power supply was next. The Toledo has four feet for it to rest on which keeps vibration to a minimum. After mounting the power supply and connecting all wiring, I was almost done with my installation. But I forgot to mention the LED in front and around the power button of the Toledo. It is connected by a Molex connector just like all the fans that came pre-installed. So connecting it and all the fans was easy and effortless. Well, as effortless as connecting Molex connectors can be. You know some times they can be a pain to get lined up right.

 


The last part to be installed was the video card. The Toledo can accept video cards up 340mm long. This is a must for any kind of gaming rig. The expansion slots were held in place with one screw each and were easily removed. Un-like some cases they can be re-used. Then I installed the video card and secured it with the screws. All that was left was connecting the two PCI-E power cords to it. Then I was finished with the installation.

HDD Hardware
HDD Hardware
Side Open Installed
Side Open Installed