AZZA XT1 Reviewhornybluecow - March 12, 2014
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AZZA XT1 Introduction:
Today we are taking a look at AZZA and one of its newest chassis: the XT1. Established in 1996, AZZA made a name for itself by being an OEM supplier for various companies. In fact, AZZA has been around for quite some time making chassis for iBuyPower and Cyberpower. Similar to Raidmax, AZZA has a distinct look that is its own. Now the consumer can buy these chassis without the whole computer that use to come along with it. In 2009, AZZA broke away from being strictly an OEM supplier and jumped into the chassis market.
The XT1 is priced at $119.95 MSRP, which puts it under a mid to high range price wise for the full tower chassis. With CES 2014 long over, companies are revising old series, and new ones are also making their debut. The XT1 is freshly off the press, so to speak. Just to clarify, the chassis comes in two flavors: blue lights, white frame; and red lights, black frame. While they should be identical other than color, I cannot say for sure. So let's dive into this review and see what AZZA is offering in this full tower along with secrets it is hiding in this white gem.
AZZA XT1 Closer Look:
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis has a futuristic look. It gives me the idea that I have seen it before. It is a bit of a mixture of the Cooler Master HAF series and the Raidmax Agusta. While the resemblance may be there, keep in mind it is something different and comes off as an expensive look, rather than cheap lights and plastic slapped on at the last minute. I am getting ahead of myself, so without spoiling the rest of the review let me first give you a run-down of the exterior of this chassis. From left to right, the font has four exposed 5.25" bays covered by mesh to block dust. Below that is a 140mm fan also covered by a mesh exterior along with a 3.5" hot-swap bay at the bottom. The back is as standard as it comes, with a 120mm rear fan, nine expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left side panel includes half a window with a 140mm blue LED fan mounted. Finally, the right panel is solid and continues the rectangle extruded shape.
The top of the chassis includes a 230mm blue LED fan and support for either two 140mm or 120mm fans. While mounting a 240mm radiator is possible, it ultimately is questionable if that was intended or not because of the design choices (covered later). Flipping the chassis over, the underside has a nice amount of space off of the floor (courtesy of large rubber feet). AZZA added separate dust filters for the power supply and extra fan mount. My experience with a single, long dust filter is that it can be warped over time, which causes it to lose the filtering effect as dust goes around the outside seal.