AZZA Hurrican 2000 Reviewairman - October 18, 2010
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Entering the case only requires removing two thumbscrews per panel. After removing the thumbscrews, each panel slides backwards and then swings open. Doing so exposes the clean black interior and shows off the wire management potential. There are five holes in the motherboard tray that allow for routing of the cables. The AZZA Hurrican 2000 has by far the most room behind the motherboard tray for routing wires and this is a breath of fresh air compared to many other cases! Between the motherboard tray and the bottom edge of the case is average, but the right side panel is shaped outwards which adds an extra half inch or so to the interior clearance for wire management. The 5.25" device bays have tool-less mechanisms on them which I will explain later in this section, along with the four hot-swappable SATA drive bays can also be seen. There is a CPU retention bracket cutout for access to the rear of the motherboard where aftermarket heatsinks typically bolt on to. I have had a lot of problems finding cases that correctly position this for the MSI X58 motherboard, and luckily I have found that this case will be compatible with the X58 motherboard used here in testing.
The two side panels are easy to remove and sturdy. As I stated on the previous page, the panels are easily removed by taking out the two thumbscrews per panel, sliding the panel backwards and then swinging it outwards. The right (plain) side panel has approximately one half on an inch of extra room built into it thanks to its shape. I can't wait to get the computer put into the case and wires managed because I expect a very easy experience doing so.
Looking at the bottom left of the inside of the case shows four rubber dampening feet that support the power supply. The power supply mounting bracket allows for the PSU to be mounted facing upwards or downwards, giving the user a choice to satisfy their preference of how they want the power supply oriented. The seven mesh expansion slot covers are held in with thumbscrews and are easily removed. Looking towards the top of the rear shows the 120mm exhaust fan and the wiring for the fan speed controllers for the top two fans. The wiring for these switches are sleeved which cleans up the interior further and adds a nice touch.
The cables for the front I/O panel come down and go through the closest wire management cutout and behind the motherboard tray. The tool-less 5.25" device bays work simply by sliding the two tabs away from each other to lock the devices and towards each other to unlock them. They are removable if preferred, which only requires taking out one screw in the middle of each tool-less mechanism. Securing by screws on either side of the device is always more sturdy, but the two pegs on one side with this tool-less system seems to hold the devices securely. Each hot swap circuit board has a 4-pin Molex plug, a SATA output, and a 3-pin connector for fans. The top two hot swap circuit boards have two fans ready to plug into it, the two that are in the front bezel that blow air over the hard drives.
Removing the front bezel is done by removing two screws underneath the rubber bungs on the top rear of the case. The top then slides forward and off, allowing the front bezel to then pop off. Behind the front bezel, the fan filters on the two 120mm intakes can be seen. The fan filters are clipped onto each fan. Removing these filters will give access to the screws that hold in these fans. The two intake fans on top and front intake fans operate on 12V at 0.35A. The top fans are not lit, and the front fans have blue LEDs.
The tool-less 5.25" device bay mechanisms are unique to what I've used before. The require moving two pieces, rather than just one. Locking a device into place involves sliding the drive into position, then sliding the two pieces away from each other. Below are two pictures of the locking mechanisms in the open position and in the locked position.
I really like the hot swappable bays that are implemented into the Hurrican 2000. The bottom of the front bezel flips open and exposes the six individual bays. There is a lever on the right side of each tray that releases a spring loaded door on each, which then allows the drive tray to slide out as a whole. The drive trays look like they're about 40% restrictive from the incoming airflow of the front intake fans, but I feel that this small sacrifice adds to the rigidity of the individual trays.
I always try to provide a close up of the individual and removable pieces of each case that I review. The Hurrican 2000 has several removable parts: the individual 5.25" bay covers, the 3.5" HDD trays, as well as the removable fan filters. The 5.25" drive covers are made from a one piece plastic frame wrapped in black metal mesh. Between the mesh and the frame is a thin piece of foam which will prevent a good amount of potential dust from entering the case. Each bay cover is removed by pinching one of the exposed tabs inwards and swinging it outwards. I found a small difficulty with this design since the placement of the tabs leave less than a quarter of an inch between the tab and the inner sidewall of the bezel. Since the tab has to be pinched inwards, it is difficult to get enough of a finger between there to get the tab depressed enough and be able to swing it outwards. Applying pressure on the rear of the cover from inside of the case while doing this is the easiest way to get them out.
The hard drive trays are made of black plastic and have three barbs on each side that secure a standard 3.5" hard drive. The trays flex just enough to snap the drive into place and no more. The spring loaded front door locks each tray into place when it is closed due to a hook that extends once the door is locked - an elegant and secure solution.
The fan filters are rather ordinary, but easy to remove and clean. This is a nice feature because computers accumulate dust very quickly in my residence and require frequent cleanings. The dust filters have a plastic frame with a fine plastic "fabric" attached to it. The two dust filters on the bottom each have a small handle on them that allows an easy grip to slide them out. The front dust filters require a little more work as they are attached with plastic locking tabs that can be stiff and requires a little more effort to remove them.
Getting the components into the Hurrican 2000 took little effort with the large amount of room that this case boasts. The extra amount of room behind the motherboard tray certainly helped out with routing wires and helped keep the interior clean to match the nicely painted insides. The hot swap circuit boards are pictured by themselves and then ready to go with the included SATA cables. There is a red LED that illuminates when a hard drive is connected to each board. The hot swap mechanism is well-made and I like its design. Now that everything is in the case, it is now time to get it ready to get tested. The next page will feature a complete list of specifications and features as provided by AZZA, followed by testing of the Hurrican 2000.