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AZZA Nova 8000 Review


AZZA Nova 8000 Closer Look: 

The included 120mm rear exhaust fan has an orange plastic guard to keep wiring, and fingers, out of the blades. The fan guard easily pops off for quick cleaning. Shown at the top of the case are the two included 120mm top exhaust fans with room for a third. If you are into water cooling, there is space for a radiator up there, too, up to 360mm.



Looking down toward the case floor, there is the fresh air inlet for the power supply. As we saw earlier, there is a removable filter there to keep dust out of your power supply. Toward the front of the case floor, there is a large vented section that can handle two 120mm fans or even a 240mm radiator. Also shown is part of the front 120mm orange LED intake fan at the front of the case. Just behind that fan sits the hard drive cage, which is removed in this photo. But if you look at the raised floor where the hard drive cage installs, there are four dimples. Below this floor is where you can mount a solid state drive. The dimples are where the mounting screws go.



With the back of the case open you can see the large opening in the motherboard tray for access to the rear of the motherboard, which is handy when installing a CPU cooler. The hard drive cage is removed in this photo, but as I discussed earlier, you can actually flip it around so you can access the hard drives from this side. On this side of the optical drive bays, there are provisions for installing two solid state drives. A word of caution - if you are going to use a solid state drive that is thicker than 7mm, be careful. The Corsair Force GT SSD that is used for the OCC test system is about 9mm thick, and there are some metal retaining clips used for the optical drives that protrude into the top face of the SSD (when it is installed) and scratched the daylights out of it. I tried a thinner 7mm SSD and had no issues. The Nova 8000 comes with a full array of installation hardware and a nice installation manual.




Opening the manual, there are many pictues and illustrations of the various assembly options. This manual covers the Nova 8000 and the Zen 8100. A full array of hardware is supplied for your system build, and each little zip-top bag is labeled with what is inside, which is a nice touch.




Now let's take a look at the top I/O panel in action. You can see the narrow power bar (just below the orange trim insert) that is lit up when the computer is on. It illuminates with an orange LED. Below that is the HDD activity light, which is a bit dim in this photo, but it lights up with a bright blue LED during hard drive activity and then finally there is a green LED for the fan speed. It changes intensity as you incrementally increase or decrease the fan speed. At the lower section of the front fascia is the included 120mm front intake fan that is illuminated with orange LEDs to wrap up the orange-themed case trim. The LEDs on this fan also change intensity with fan speed.




And now the shot of the final build. The Nova 8000 goes together smoothly and I will say that the alignment and fit of the panles and covers is very good. And of course, the hard drives are tucked away behind the front swing out doors.

  1. AZZA Nova 8000: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. AZZA Nova 8000 Closer Look: Working Components
  3. AZZA Nova 8000 Closer Look Working Components: Continued
  4. AZZA Nova 8000 Specifications & Features
  5. AZZA Nova 8000 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. AZZA Nova 8000 Conclusion
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