Ikonik Zaria Review

Compxpert - 2010-05-10 10:35:53 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: May 30, 2010
Price: $69.99

Introduction:

When doing a new build it's always important to consider getting a good case. But what is a good case? Is it one loaded with features, or maybe something just cheap so you can get that really high end GFX card you want. You might consider those to be two ends of the spectrum when it comes to cases. Many times features are sacrificed when a budget case is considered. Today we have an Ikonik case to review. What's Ikonik you might ask? Ikonik was featured as a new brand at Computex in 2008. Until now I hadn't heard of this brand so I had to look it up on Google. Today in particular though, I am reviewing the Zaria A10 silver with SIM. SIM in this case stands for System Intelligent Management. What SIM does is just that, system management. Without giving away too much this early in the review SIM can monitor temperatures and even control fan speed. So does the Zaria A10 have it all? Let's have a look.

Closer Look:

The front of the box shows that this unit comes with SIM. First impression is given as a case with a polished look. Next we have a side of the box. This one shows us that we have the silver case. On the back of the box we have descriptions of features the case has. Lastly, on the final side we have product specifications printed in several languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon opening the box we are greeted with the bottom of the case and its feet as well as some packing foam. Once out however we also find bubble wrap around the case in addition to being wrapped in plastic. Under the bubble wrap however we find an acrylic sheet which is interchangeable with the mesh side panel window. The sheet comes wrapped in plastic and also has foam on both ends of it.

 

 

 

So far this seems like a pretty feature packed case. Let's read on and see some more.

Closer Look:

After unveiling the case and starting with the side there is currently a mesh window installed into.  As I mentioned earlier there is an included sheet of acrylic which is interchangeable with the mesh. This I think is a nice feature since it gives the user a choice between the two. On the top of the case are the typical front panel connections and a cover that's included to protect them from dust. On the bottom we have rubberized anti-slip feet and a hole for a 120mm fan. Lastly, we come to the front which has a thick and sturdy aluminum door.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side of the case proves to be a little more eventful than the usual since it features an exhaust for two 80mm fans. The rear of the case shows the PSU goes up top which is ok, even though it seems to be a trend lately to have it on the bottom. We also have our usual seven expansion slots. Also included are holes fitted with rubber grommets to run watercooling tubes. Moving on to behind the front door, we have a black plastic look which is quite nice. From the bottom left picture, you can see there are a total of five external bays a single 3.5" and four 5.25" bays. Further on we have a closer look at the top panel connections which include two USB ports, one IEEE 1394, one eSATA, and Headphone and MIC ports. Also, here is our Power Button.

 

 

 

Here is a close look at the cover for the top panel connections. It uses a single magnet at the top to secure its self to the case.

 

So there was a lot to see outside but what about inside?

Closer Look:

Starting off with the inside, we have our fans which consist of a 120mm rear exhaust, two 80mm side exhaust, and a 140mm front intake. We also have all three types of tool-less solutions represented here. Between two of the tool-less solutions for the hard drives we have our box of hardware. Moving on to the rear of the case we of course have our 80mm fans but here is also a curious black box which is otherwise known as the SIM. The SIM is powered by a four pin molex connector and only needs to be connected to your motherboard via its F-USB connector. On the front, without the panel, you can see the fan filter for the 140mm fan as well as the LED board for Power and HDD indicator lights. Looking closer at the locking mechanisms for 5.25" devices, one simply slides in the device and then pushes in the button to lock it in. To release you slide the lever to the left.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

On the inside we get a closer look at the bottom of the circuit board for the top panel connections as well as a look at the inside of the 5.25" expansion bays. The case is also outfitted with a filter for the bottom 120mm fan which is the only optional fan in this case. The 140mm fan on the front panel also has a dust filter. Here we have the tool-less solutions for the 3.5" hard drive bays.

 

 

 

Further on we have a CD that was packaged with the case which comes with the SIM software as well as a manual for the SIM specifically. Besides that we also have our accessory box. Inside the box we find a manual, some round metal piece which I though was a magnet but it is not magnetic, four temperature probes, one fan power extension cable which supports a three or four pin connector, screws, dust cloth, and two clips for wire management. Moving on, we have pictured all three of our fans. Just looking at the 140mm fan doesn't reveal anything about it and the specifications don't mention anything about it beyond being a 140mm fan.

 

 

 

Sad to say the same is true for both the 120mm rear exhaust and the 80mm side intake fans but all of these are LED fans and are able to be turned on and off through the SIM software. Finally we move onto our internal connections which consist of eSATA, USB, IEEE 1394, power switch, HDD LED, and speaker. Also pictured at the very bottom is the USB connector for the SIM. Finally, onto the build. Amazingly nothing went wrong and everything fit in just fine. Wire management is a little to be desired as locations to go with wires are in short supply which led to a light amount of clutter. The tool-less solutions were easy to use and worked great.

 

 

 

Still yet, there is the software setup for the SIM and testing so keep reading.

Configuration:

 

After inserting the CD the usual prompt comes up asking if we'd like to open the folder to view files. On the CD are two unique folders one containing the manual for the SIM written in various languages and the other containing the SIM software. After getting into the installer folder and double-clicking the setup.exe we enter setup for the SIM software which goes through the usual setup procedure and asks you where you would like to install the software.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few software screens later and we're installing the SIM's software. After it's installed and in working order we come to the main screen which shows you the fan speeds for up to four fans and the temperatures from the four included temperature probes. Moving on to the controls screen, you can independently control the settings for the fans' speed so they can shut off, be silent, or be as loud as they can get. You can also configure a specific fan to move faster or slower based on the temperature of the specific temp probe you set it to.

 

 

 

 

Finally, on the alarm screen you can set specific alarms to go off when a fan falls below a certain RPM or when a temperature gets too hot.

 

 

That SIM is actually pretty cool and I can't say I've seen something like this come with any case I've ever seen.

Specifications:

 

Model name
Zaria A10 SIM
Case type
Mid Tower
Dimension (W x H x D)
200 x 440 x 491mm
Color
Silver
5.25” drive bay
4
3.5” external drive bay
1
3.5” internal drive bay
5
Expansion slots
7
Side Panel
Interchangeable transparent / mesh
Material
Aluminum / SECC
I/O panel
Audio / 2 x USB 2.0 / 1 x FireWire / 1 x e-SATA
Cooling
1 x 140 mm front/ 1 x 120 mm rear inc. LED / dual 80 mm side incl. LED / optional 120 mm bottom
Mainboard support
µATX / ATX / CEB
(worlds only mid-tower support CEB)
Tool-less design
Yes
Protection
Rubber on HDD and PSU railing and ODD spring for anti-vibration and noise reduction
Maintenance
Removable and washable filter
LED
Rear and right side
SIM
Yes

 

Features:

Testing:

For all my tests I had the SIM push the fans to their maximum performance. I ran load tests on the GPU, CPU, Chipset, and hard drive. For each test I let the component run that way for an hour and then used RealTemp to record CPU temperature and Hwmonitor to record the others. To stress the CPU and Chipset I used prime 95 in blend, for the GPU i ran folding@home, and for the hard dive I used HDTune to apply load. For idle testing I simply allowed the computer to sit idle for a whole hour so all temps reach a base and then I recorded the temperatures.

 

Testing System:

 

Comparison Cases:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance wise the case hit a little higher than some of the rest. This case however is quite feature packed which pretty well makes up for it. Chipset temps were likely high due to nothing blowing air over the chipset heatshink.

Conclusion:

For Ikonik being a newcomer to cases they sure have a good product. This case has so many features for its size not to mention nice looks. It also included many extras like the dust cloth and fan extension cable. The interchangeable side panel windows are a nice touch as well as the large amount of included fans. What is more amazing is SIM, which I can't say I've seen anything else like it. SIM is able to control so much and having the ability to monitor up to four individual temps makes it a very useful tool to any enthusiast. So it didn't quite hold up to the competition in the performance department but it did hold most of them off in the feature department. The only thing I could say that disappointed me was the lack of a heat sink hole in the motherboard tray which makes it convenient to swap bracketed heat sinks and water blocks without having to remove the motherboard. If you want this case though, that might be a problem. A quick Google search will find you plenty of Zaria A10s but won't find you any with SIM. So as for pricing I have no idea, but the Zaria without SIM retails for $69.99 on Newegg. I would say for one with SIM it's probably still under $100.

 

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