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AZZA Zen 8100: Introduction
Today we are taking a look at AZZA and one of its newest chassis: the Zen 8100. 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.
Currently priced around $120, the Zen 8100 stands on its own as a top tier chassis from AZZA. It falls under the middle range of the competition compared to other full towers price-wise. In that case, the price has its advantages while still having features everyone looks for. Features like AIO (All-in-One) water cooling support and a few internal goodies, so let's dive into this review and see what it has to offer.
AZZA Zen 8100: Closer Look
To get started, looking at the front, the chassis has a brushed metal exterior design with a hinged door covering the 5.25" bays with the I/O ports above it. Continuing on, the back is as standard as it comes, with a 120mm rear fan, eight expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left side panel includes a full size window, which shows off all the components, so you better make sure the wiring is nice and clean, while the other side reserved for hard drives is in a separate compartment that I'll cover later on. Finally, the right panel is solid and continues the rectangle extruded shape. Simliar to the other side, it also has a separate commpartment that allows the cables to be accessed without removing the panel.
Flipping the chassis over, the bottom houses a single dust filter covering the power supply. To remove, simply push down the clip while pulling and it will slide out. Across from the filter is space for two 120mm fans, although these spots aren't covered by a dust filter, which could create a problem long term.