AZZA Solano 1000R

12 07 2010


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The CBM AZZA Solano 1000R Gaming Case is a flashy looking, full-sized tower that features a painted interior for that little bit of extra appeal and eye candy. With a plethora of fans from 230mm to 120mm in size, the Casing Games CBM AZZA Solano case includes features found in most common PC cases – but is the painted interior just a start to the great features? Let’s take a look.
Design
The Casing Games CBM  AZZA Solano 1000 full sized case accommodates ATX and micro ATX motherboards easily in the main area of the case, with plenty of room at the bottom for a larger power supply. The case games has room for 10 front panel bay devices with individual slots for each and two removable three bay 3.5 inch hard drive cages.
The hard drive cages also have the front 140mm fans on them as well as being easy to install and remove for quick and simple system set up. The case also has a 120mm fan on the rear, a 230mm fan on the top and the side panel for a terrific amount of cooling.
The bottom of the case has vent holes for installing a power supply with its intake toward the bottom or upward from the interior depending on user preference. You can also leave out the two front fans as they are easily removable from the drive cages for a wide variety of configurations.

The Casing Games CBM AZZA Solano 1000R is a flashy looking, full-sized tower that features a painted interior for that little bit of extra appeal and eye candy. With a plethora of fans from 230mm to 120mm in size, the Casing Games CBM AZZA Solano includes features found in most common PC cases – but is the painted interior just a start to the great features? Let’s take a look.
Design
The CBM AZZA Solano Case 1000 full sized case accommodates ATX and micro ATX motherboards easily in the main area of the case, with plenty of room at the bottom for a larger power supply. The case has room for 10 front panel bay devices with individual slots for each and two removable three bay 3.5 inch hard drive cages.
The hard drive cages also have the front 140mm fans on them as well as being easy to install and remove for quick and simple system set up. The case also has a 120mm fan on the rear, a 230mm fan on the top and the side panel for a terrific amount of cooling.
The bottom of the case has vent holes for installing a power supply with its intake toward the bottom or upward from the interior depending on user preference. You can also leave out the two front fans as they are easily removable from the drive cages for a wide variety of configurations.

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The case also features rubber grommet holes for liquid cooling as well as convenient pass through holes for cables going to and from the right and underside of the motherboard area. The CBM AZZA Solano has four pre raised mounting holes so you need less of those little fasteners under your motherboard.

While this may seem like a little thing it adds some support and stability under the motherboard for installation that I really like to see when working inside the case. Another feature I already mentioned is the case paint that is on every surface inside the case that really adds a nice touch and feel for the case.

While I like the look of the painted case, I wanted to be sure the power supply was adequately grounded and so I did sand a little area around the case where the power supply mounts. This will ensure really good ground as I do know a lot about electricity and the problems with improper ground or inadequate grounds so I just sanded a little to make sure I had contact.

Specifications

  • Model Name: Solano 1000R
  • Model Number: CSAZ-1000R
  • Type: ATX Full Tower
  • Color: Black/Red (Interior Chassis)
  • Material: Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front
  • With Side Panel Window: Yes
  • With Power Supply: No
  • Motherboard Compatibility: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
  • External 5.25″ Drive Bay: 10
  • External 3.5″ Drive Bay: 1
  • Internal 3.5″ Drive Bay: 8
  • Expansion: 7
  • Front Ports 3 x USB, e-SATA, Audio, Mic
  • 230mm Fan: 1 x 230mm red LED silent fan (24DBA) on top
  • 140mm Fan: 1 x 230mm red LED silent fan (24DBA) on the side 2 x 140mm red LED silent fans (19DBA) in front
  • 120mm Fan: 1x120mm fan in rear
  • Physical Spec Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.7″ (500mm) x 8.1″ (213mm) x 21.5″ (545mm)

Installation

Installing my system in the case was as easy as it could get and the large area around the motherboard helped quite a bit. There is about an inch and a half above the motherboard between the board and the top fan and two inches between my motherboard and the drive area.

This gives plenty of room for larger hands which is always nice when assembling and working inside your case and gives plenty of room for cable routing. The case works out well for installing devices like optical drives or bay devices and the removable cages makes for easy installation of the 3.5” hard drives.

The case comes with a few handy accessories like a floppy or hard drive bracket to install a hard drive or floppy drive directly into the 5.25 inch bay slots. There is also the floppy drive bay panel and ten other blank panels for the front with one having the AZZA logo on it.

Testing and Performance

Test Setup

  • Motherboard: ECS P45T-A
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.99 Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB Crucial DDR2 PC2-6400
  • CPU Heatsink: Evercool HPK-10025EA Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
  • Power Supply: Nexus RX-6300 630 Watt PSU
  • Hard drive: Western Digital 7200 RPM 250 GB SATA

Installation was a breeze with this case and running my system has been great over the past two weeks while reviewing it. The case has the three front panel USB connections for an extra connection point over most other cases and the usual audio ports and an eSATA connection.

The CBM AZZA Solano 1000R did very well for cooling tests with core temperatures at about 34 to 38 degrees Celsius for idle and temperatures of 45 to 49 degrees Celsius during OCCT load testing. The case keeps things plenty cool with plenty of leg room between the temperatures experienced and any temps going too high during my testing.

CBM Azza Solano 1000R Full-tower Case

Well, a flashy interior that is completely painted is not the only strong point of the CBM AZZA Solano. It offers plenty of room for expansion and upgrades, as well as flexibility to use water cooling if you desire to do so. Although I think only the most hard-core gamers would want to use water cooling, as the numerous fans provide ample airflow to keep your CPU, video card and other components running nice and cool.

Considering the retail price of $125, this case is well worth the money. You’re really not forced to sacrifice anything with the AZZA Solano 1000R, and you get a whole load of nice features to go along with the fancy painted design.

Pros: Interior painted case for full color inside, Plenty of room for easy installation and setup, Great cooling from variety of fans, Removeable HD cages

Cons: You may have to sand some of interior to ensure proper grounding.

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On the back there are several vents; even the expansion slot covers are slotted.

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Above the rear exhaust fan is a switch that controls the fan speed of the top 230mm fan.
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Just to the side of the expansion slots are two water cooling tube pass through grommets.

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