AZZA Fusion 3000 Reviewformerstaff - February 9, 2012
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With the front fascia and bezel removed, we can see the the 4 x 5.25 bays, the 4 x SSD "holders", and the 6 x HDD trays. All of which are done a little differently than you might have seen elsewhere.
What is different here is that the Fusion does not have a complimentary hot swap bay or two. The entire drive holder system is hot swap, or what AZZA is calling "Easy Swap." Only under the SSD and HDD array are there two 3.5" placements for permanent HDD mountings.The front of the tray has a spring loaded tab you move to the left and they flip open rather quickly. Mounting is done by screws from the bottom of the tray. Directly above the HDD trays, are the SSD enclosures. Rather than mounting your solid state drives to one side of a standard HDD tray. AZZA has created four SSD enclosures. They open like a clamshell and with your SSD in place, you clamp down the enclosure and slide it back to its original position which lines up with the Easy Swap' data and power connections. A rather novel way of doing it... don't you think?
The front door that hides the HDD and SSD trays is made up of a section of the cases bevel and two 120mm fans that are sandwiched between black honeycomb mesh. It is actually very well done and looks very polished. I do wonder however, with the color theme of the case being red and black, why they opted for blue LED fans as the front feature of the case. This is the section on the Fusion that looks rather HAF 922ish to me. The door is held closed via magnets at four points behind the frame of the case. It has a nice feel to it as the door is magnetically pulled the last few millimeters to a gentle close.
The interior of the Fusion 3000 is spacious, having room to accomadate motherboards up to the XL-ATX size. The interior also affords the use of the longest of graphics cards on the market, with 360mm of clearance for those top end and dual GPU VGAs. With 10 expansion slots at your disposal, you can indulge your enthusiast OCD and find room for triple or quad GPU configurations. The interior of the Fusion features four 5.25" bays. AZZA has designed these tool-less 5.25" bays at a quite basic and minimalistic level. The mechanisms are glorified thumbscrews that flop around like loose teeth, they are not stationary single click fasteners. You need to feel around to line up the screws by sliding them in the elongated slots. But once tightened down, they do work.
The motherboard tray has 6 large openings with rubber grommets for wire management. You do need to hold the grommet in place as you feed your cables through it, or the grommet will do a zip-line down to the power supply. These aren't the tightest fitting grommets I have encountered. Wires from the front panel include power, reset, a single USB cable, a 20 pin USB 3.0 cable, and an HD audio connection. Behind the motherboard tray, you get about 3/4" to work with when routing your cables. I like to see a full inch for this, but even with the provided space and careful routing, solid cable management can be achieved without bulging the side of the case. The large 6" x 6" CPU access hole is a bit to the back side of the case and may not jive with some newer motherboards, as far as accessing the CPU mounting bracket from the back. For the AMD motherboard I used in this case, it worked perfectly.
The Easy Swap connectors are all powered by 4-pin molex connectors.
The bottom of the Fusion has opportunity for more air flow as well, with patterns for a pair of 120/140mm fans or a single 230mm fan.
The PSU in the Fusion is bottom mounted. It sits atop a slightly elevated adjustable base, which does not have any rubber or anti vibration foam on it, so you may wish to add your own prior to mounting. Below the PSU is a permanent pull out dust filter. With ample placements and flexibility for fans from top to bottom, you can get a very good bottom to top airflow scheme going, once you load the Fusion up with aftermarket fans.
The Fusion 3000 touts the capability to facilitate up to 480mm of radiator capacity. A 360mm radiator can be mounted in the top of the fusion or merely 3 x 120mm fans for cooling. The other 120mm radiator can be mounted at the rear exhaust fan outlet.
While I am not sure how well this case will be embraced by the water cooling community, it certainly has the capacity up top and the "grommeted" access in the back to set up a full custom water cooling system if you should choose or maybe grow into one in the future.