AZZA Toledo 301 Review

Compxpert Speedway - 2011-04-28 22:48:34 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   Speedway   
Reviewed on: May 20, 2011
Price: $79.99

Introduction:

A new case is probably one of the toughest choices to make in a fresh build. There are a whole plethora of options to consider when buying a case. Good looks and cooling performance are just a few of these options up for consideration. For whatever suits your taste, Azza has a case for you. The Azza Toledo 301 packs some neat features such as blue LED fans, a 250mm side intake fan, and even a few tool-less solutions. The Toledo 301 also includes support for a few more fans beyond what it ships with so there is plenty of room for expandability. The case even features great water cooling support which includes a total of four holes with grommets in the rear as well as a removable top panel to allow for radiator installations. So just what else does this case have in store? You won't know unless you read on.

Closer Look:

One quick look at the box and you'll notice the same thing is featured on each side of the box. Specifically both the left and right side of the box have a table of specifications whilst the front and back have the same shot of the case from the top down. It would be nice to have another look at what is inside before opening the box or to even have a few more details, but it is what is on the inside that counts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the box opened we are greeted with the top of the case sandwiched between the usual two pieces of Styrofoam and wrapped in a plastic bag.

 

 

It is of course what is on the inside of the box that counts. So just what is in there?

Closer Look:

With all that packaging out of the way we can finally see the case. Immediately the 250mm fan is visible on the side of the case. Also of note is that the side panel can take on two 120mm or 140mm fans if you choose not to utilize the included 250mm fan. The front of the case sports a long blue power LED bar and some stylized fins on the front panel which look nice whilst allowing air to come into the case. The right side panel is much the same as the left which maintains the cases overall symmetry. Finally moving on to the rear of the case we find that Azza maintains the bottom mounted PSU trend. The case also has a total of seven rear expansion slots and even includes water cooling support via holes beside the expansion slots and along the top panel of the case.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top panel also has the stylized fins much like the front panel. Here also are the I/O connections and power and reset switches. The I/O consist of two USB ports as well as microphone and audio out connections. The bottom of the case appears to be able to take a 90mm, 120mm, or a 140mm fan depending on what you would wish to install there. Additionally like many other cases there also are holes featured for the PSU in case you decide to mount the PSU fan side down. The bottom also features four rubberized feet to prevent any unwanted movement of the case.

 

 

 

Now that we have the outside of the case covered, we'll move on to the inside.

Closer Look:

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?

Specifications:

Model Name:
Toledo
Model Number:
CSAZ-301
Type:
ATX Mid Tower
Color:
Black (exterior)/ Black (interior)
Material:
SECC Steel
With Side Panel Window:
No
With Power Supply:
No
Motherboard Compatibility:
ATX, Full ATX, Micro ATX
Expansion
 
External 5.25” Drive Bay:
4
External 3.5” Drive Bay:
1
Internal 2.5” Drive Bay:
3+ x 2.5” SSD, HDD Drive Bays
Internal 3.5” Drive Bay:
4
Expansion:
7
Front Ports
 
Front Ports
2x USB, Audio, MIC
Cooling System
 
250mm Fan:
1x250mm Blue LED fan on the side
120mm Fan:
1x120mm Blue LED fan in front, 1x120mm Black fan in the rear
Physical Spec
 
Dimensions (H x W x D):
19.5" x 9.1" x 20.1" (495mm x 231mm x 510mm)

 

Features:



 

All information courtesy of Azza @ http://azzatek.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=29

Testing:

Testing is as always a simple procedure. Tests consist of both idle and load testing. For idle testing I simply leave the computer on and have it idle for an entire hour, after which I record the temperatures using either HwMonitor or RealTemp. Much the same applies for load testing. I apply load to the individual components which consist of the HDD, GPU, CPU, and Chipset. Load is applied using HD Tune, Folding@Home GPU, and Prime 95 respectively. After running for an hour the temperatures are recorded. As always, lowest is best.

 

Testing System:

 

Comparison Cases:


 

   

   

   

   

 

The Toledo 301 seems to be a bit all over the place here, losing out to the competition completely in two of the tests. It however did pull ahead in the GPU idle test and it managed to hold out on all the rest of the tests.

Conclusion:

The Azza Toledo 301 brings a lot of neat features to the table. It supports a 240mm radiator, so if water cooling is in your area of interest, than this is definitely an option to consider. It also features great tool-less solutions for the hard drives and optical drives. Sure, the wire management could have been better, due to the poor placement of the hard drive connectors, but in the long run it didn't impact performance - just aesthetics. The case is very upgrade-able, also being able to take on up to six additional fans. It also sports a nice number of included fans. The only other minor problem worth mentioning is the lack of any fan filtration, so if you mind cleaning out dust often you might want to consider getting some. So with all of these nice features, this case must have a large price tag on it, right? Well the price tag isn't bad at all, only running around a cool $79.99. So if you're looking for a nice feature-packed case for under $100, then the Azza Toledo 301 might just be what you're looking for.

 

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