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AZZA Nova 8000 Conclusion:

The AZZA Nova 8000 has a different approach to case design with a dual-zone system for isolating the hard drives and making them accessible without getting into the motherboard zone. This is a nice feature, especially with the swing-out side doors. You can remove and replace a hard drive in just a few seconds if you take advantage of the dual hot swap bays. AZZA needs to include some information for purchasing additional hot swap modules, as I think this is a good idea and really expands on this great feature.

Another nice feature is that the entire hard drive cage can be removed and flipped around if you want to access the hard drives from the other side of the case. The hard drive cage can handle up to six 3.5" hard drives and you have room for up to three solid state drives, but be careful if you have drives that are around 9mm thick as they can get scratched up if you mount them in the two positions next to the optical drive bays. It seems that the trend now is toward thinner SSDs, so perhaps this is just a minor issue.

Looking at the case from an aesthetic standpoint, the asymetrical surfaces and bright orange trim make the Nova 8000 stand out among similar sized cases. The Nova 8000 can handle motherboards ranging from the small Micro ATX up to the much larger E-ATX (Extended ATX), as well as a 240mm radiator in the bottom or up to a 360mm at the top, so this case would be a good choice for a serious gaming rig. I also like the way the top cover is easily removable for access to the top fans, or for a radiator installation. There are four 120mm case fans included with the Nova 8000 (one with orange LEDs up front) and a five channel fan speed controller. The fan speed buttons allow you to control the fan speeds in four increments from 40% to 100%, and there is a green LED that varies in intensity with the fan speed.

The fit and finish of this case is top notch. All the panels lined up and fit together nicely. The top I/O panel gives you two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, which is fairly standard on a case this size, and the colorful LEDs break up the monotony you find with many cases that use single-color LEDs. And while I am talking about LEDs, the gentle orange glow from the front fan adds a nice touch. The only thing I didn't like about the I/O panel is how close the reset button is to the power button. I usually prefer to see the reset and power buttons a little further apart to avoid accidental restarts. And finally, one fan filter is all you get and it is for the PSU, which is fine, but it would be nice to see a front filter panel and one for the case floor to help keep dust intrusion to a minimum. But really, these are minor concerns. If you like a case with a little flair, unconventional style, and quick hard drive access, then you should take a look at the Nova 8000.

The Nova 8000 lists for around $129, and I found it on Newegg for $79.99, but it was showing as "Sold Out" at the time of this review - which is understandable at that price.

 

Pros:

  • Hinged, swing-out side doors
  • Support for up to a 360mm top and 240mm bottom radiator
  • Hot swap capable for two HDDs
  • Full steel exterior panels
  • Five-speed fan controller
  • Four 120mm fans included
  • Tool-free drive bays
  • PSU filter
  • Orange trim if you like orange

 

Cons:

  • "Thick" SSDs may get scratched up during installation
  • Lack of case filters beyond the PSU
  • Orange trim if you don't like orange


 

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  1. AZZA Nova 8000: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. AZZA Nova 8000 Closer Look: Working Components
  3. AZZA Nova 8000 Closer Look Working Components: Continued
  4. AZZA Nova 8000 Specifications & Features
  5. AZZA Nova 8000 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. AZZA Nova 8000 Conclusion
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