AZZA Fusion 3000 Reviewformerstaff - February 9, 2012
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Once I got the Styrofoam off, my first thought was that it was designed by a couple of guys who are fans of the Haf 922 and Silverstone Raven. It has some vaguely similar lines to those cases along the front and top of the unit. The Fusion 3000 is a fairly large case measuring 25.2" x 10.2" x 24" (640 x 260 x 610 mm). So It should provide a home for just about any system you care to build into it. At 260mm in width, it will accept CPU coolers of up to 190mm, which covers the largest of the currently available air cooling solutions.
The front panel connectivity is standard if not a little on the minimalistic side. You get two USB 3.0, a single USB 2.0, and audio input/output jacks. I had a senior moment when I powered this thing on thinking that there was something wrong with the power and reset button's LEDs not coming on, but that is of course because they are not lit with LEDs. One of the cost cutting measures implemented into this case so that they can get more features built in. This is a theme that would become obvious, as I spent some time with the Fusion 3000.
The accessories are sufficient to get the job done and help you get up and running. In the accessory box you get the case bases, which are very wide and slightly weighted with rubber ribbed bottoms. They provide a solid base for the Fusion and are affixed with 4 screws apiece (included). Also included are plenty of standoffs, motherboard screws, HDD screws, as well as a few zip ties to tidy your cables. Finally, a comprehensive manual is also included.
The side panels of the Fusion appear to be 18 gauge cold rolled steel and are removed via two black thumb screws on each side. The side panel is machined to accept a pair of 120mm/140mm or a single 230 mm fan. Sadly however, AZZA has not included a single fan for the side panel ventilation (please note that the 230mm fan in the image is one from my stock that I installed temporarily to give you a look at how most people I believe will opt to fan the side panel). The Fusion does technically have a side window, but it is more of a tribute to a window in a speakeasy fashion. It is only about 2" wide and you may get to read the name of your CPU cooler through it, but only if it lines up correctly. Other than that, I believe it is for effect and will let out an accent of light, should you be of the mind or preference to use various lighting techniques in your case.
Continuing in the polygon theme, the side panel filter is easy to access from the outside of the case by a small unobtrusive finger pull on the back of the fan shroud. It seems to be made rather durable and easy to clean. A nice feature I think other case manufacturers could take a cue from.
The top of the Fusion is rather unique as well. The entire top of the case is covered with louvers, reminiscent of a mid-eighties hot hatchback. Apparently, this is done to increase airflow from the 3 x 120mm fans that sit in the top of the case. But again, none of these fans are included. Open or closed however, I am not sure how much this actually increases airflow.
The Louvered vents are operated via a thumb slider on top of the case by a connecting steel rod mechanism. The jury is still out on their effectiveness, but they do look rather cool I think.
Texture and Design:
As many people purchase their cases off of the Internet. I would like to start a small section of my reviews called texture and design. Just a few close ups of the design aspects can make one model unique from another and give you an idea of the level of detail put into a given case. As you can see, the Fusion 3000 makes liberal use of meshes, repetitive on edge slotting, and notches. Here are a couple more for you to get a feel for the Fusions styling aspect.
There is an all round look at the outside. This case tries to be a lot of things to a lot of types of builders. Let's zoom in and see if AZZA can pull it off with the Fusion 3000.