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AZZA Toledo 301 Review

Compxpert , Speedway    -   May 20, 2011
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The inside of the case features many great staple features you would find in almost any case. The case sports a nice black coat of paint not just on the outside but on the inside as well. Both of the 5.25" bays and 3.5" bays have tool-less implementations. The 3.5" drive solution is a tray that hugs around your 3.5" hard drive. The trays also feature the ability to use 2.5" drives should you need solid state drive support. The 5.25" drive bays feature a tool-less solution I have never before seen.  The mechanism consists of a door with latches at the top and bottom of it that slide inward to unlock and back outward to lock. One simply opens this door and inserts the desired 5.25" device and closes the door which locks the device into place. The only space to not feature a tool-less solution are the rear expansion slots which use screws to secure your expansion devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case like many others features a hole in the motherboard tray which allows for access to the heatsink or water block back plate should you want to remove them without having to remove the motherboard. Next we have the front of the case with the front panel removed which sports a single 120mm blue LED fan. The rear of the case has areas to zip-tie wires to in addition to the holes included in the motherboard tray to run wires through to the back. Last up we have a look at the included 120mm fans. No specifics were given to these fans other than their size.

 

 

 

Rounding up the last few available parts we have the rear of the front panel and top panel. The top panel is secured with two screws but once out the panel simply slides forward and pops right off. Once removed it gives access to the top panel which is able to take on up to a 240mm radiator. The side panels in this case don't actually slide off the case. Much like some ThermalTake cases the Azza Toledo 301 has panels which pivot on a single point and swing outward. We also have a closer look at the included 250mm fan.

 

 

 

Bringing up the rear we have the internal connections which feature USB, Audio out, power, reset, and HDD indicator headers. Included with the case is a manual of course and some reusable wire ties are also included in addition to the regular hardware used to install your computer hardware into the case. The install went fairly smoothly, however it wasn't too great that the the hard disk drives have to mount with the power and data connections facing the left side of the case. This only stands to create an increased amount of wire clutter as seen in the image. It is quite difficult to hide wires when they cannot be neatly tucked away behind the motherboard tray. Other than not being able to wire manage very well due to the placement of the hard disk drives, the rest of the install went without a hitch.

 

 

 

Not being able to tuck the wires away might impact airflow - but will it really make a difference at all?




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (The Internal Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup and Results
  6. Conclusion
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