AZZA Genesis 9000W ReviewWaco - August 9, 2012
» Discuss this article (15)
Finally we meet the AZZA Genesis 9000 head-on. This case, to put it simply, is large. The front of the case is dominated by a slew of no fewer than nine 5.25" bays along with a vented panel near the bottom. There's a secret lurking behind that panel that I'll explain in a bit. Two blue strips adorn either side of the front panel and I have the sneaking feeling that they'll light up when I power my system up. Spinning around to the backside of the case you'll find that the white paint continues all around. The usual position for the power supply has a plate over it along with a female PSU plug on the bottom right - could this be part of the secret to the front panel? The rear panel has a large black handle on it but be warned: do not lift or move the case with this handle. It is for the removable motherboard try and you're likely to snap it off if you try to move the whole case with it. A few cutouts for water cooling tubing are included as well but as you'll see in a bit they're probably not going to be very useful to you.
Now, as you look at the pictures below, keep this in mind. My camera certainly isn't the best in the world but the mismatched coloration between the side panels, frame, and outer plastic panels isn't a trick of the camera. The side panels and frame are a slightly different color that is obvious in the pictures and nearly as obvious in person. The plastic cladding for the top, front, and bottom of the case is a warmer color temperature than the painted metal of the case itself. This effect isn't terribly noticeable in normal light but with the fluorescent lighting of my photo booth it stood out rather painfully for the pictures. If that's something that will bother you once you notice it (as it did me) perhaps the black/red version of the case will be more your fancy.
Anyway, on to the side panels! As you may have noticed the window on this case seems to be on the wrong side. This is an artifact of the reversed ATX mounting that the case ships with by default. You can swap the panels to the other sides if you either don't like the window or you want to run the standard ATX mounting position. The majority of both side panels is bumped out by a good amount to allow for a lot of cable management room. The base of this case isn't very standard either, with a large plastic piece holding up the weight of the case. This piece does have venting on either side and should allow for good airflow through the bottom of the case even when being used on carpeted floors.
Taking a look at the case from an angle you can see how it all ties together. Personally it reminds me rather strongly of the Tron movies with the angular lighting and "modern" styling. It makes a bold statement so those of you who like their cases to sit unobtrusively in the corner should probably look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're a Tron fan or if you like your case to speak something about your personality, this is definitely a case that'll attract attention! Continue on to find out what makes this case special on the inside.