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This review is from: AZZA CSAZ-103 Black SECC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: - I've been looking for a slim, console-ish kinda case for a while now. Switched from a Node 304 to this and I'm honestly impressed with it.
- Color scheme is awesome, looks A LOT better in person than in the picture
- Fits an EVGA GTX 770 SC (ACX) and maintains great temps, only went up 1C switching from the Node to this. (Ambient temp is quite high but it maxed out at 81C) Adding an optional 120mm above the stock included with the case is sure to drop the temps as it will push cold air onto the back of the GPU and it will rise out the vents of the top. My i7-4790 with the stock cooler also stays at a good temperature, haven't seen it passed 75C.
- Due to it's thin style and form factor, it fits just about anywhere on my desk, whereas my Node took up more space due to the width of it.
Cons: - Installation was a bit tricky. The more I'm starting to work with it and manage cables, the easier it's getting, but it can be a bit of a challenge.
-The case itself was a bit larger than I expected but this isn't too bad as the thinness of it makes up for the height.
- I would have liked to see space for another HDD/SSD but for now, an SSD and HDD work just fine for me.
-Depending on your video card, you may run into a problem. When I was installing my EVGA GTX 770 SC (ACX cooler) the left blade would not spin (luckily I caught this before I turned it on.) In order to fix this, you need to remove one of the foam pads they have on the case to keep the fan from getting caught on it. I would recommend a blower type of GPU for this case just to prevent that or any other issues that might occur, but a fan type works just fine.
- Case came with a dent on the top and the side panels installed wrong. Not to mention one of the side panels hooks to latch on was messed up, preventing it to close fully but this was fixed by just prying them up with a flat head screwdriver.
- "AZZA" branding on the front is kind of ugly in my opinion, would have liked for a more subtle place for it or the option to remove the lettering without painting over it and ruining the case.
Other Thoughts: I would have liked to see more color options for this case, but I've grown to like the black/green. I added a blue Alchemy strip and that gave it a unique look. May eventually spray a gloss black over the green vents as I feel it would just look better than the bright green vents.
I also found it odd that there is no HDD activity light, not really a con but it can be to some people. Literally the only cable I had to plug into my Front Panel pins on my motherboard was the power switch. It comes with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 cords to plug into your board as well. Plug in both because it isn't designed like other cases, the cords are separate, not bundled into JUST a USB 3.0 with an optional 2.0 if your board doesn't support it.
Overall, it's a great case for a great price!
Pros: - Fans installed are quiet on the Low and Medium fan controller settings, always a good thing.
- The overall layout and scheme of the Node is different and nice.
- Plenty of space for hard-drives. I'd recommend an ITX board that has 4 to 6 SATA ports if you want to use it to it's fullest potential. However, be warned (see cons)
- Mesh grills give the case a nice look, I also have a BitFenix Alchemy Blue LED Strip to give it some lighting so it does look cool.
Cons: - Case rattles from the hard-drive movement, constantly annoying. Had to put college textbooks on top of it to prevent it from being annoying.
-Quality seems cheaply made. I find my Silverstone FT03-MINI to be made of much superior material and seems a lot more sturdy than this.
-Screws aren't of the greatest quality. Be careful of them.
-Size was bigger than expected, but that's coming from owning the FT03 with a very small footprint.
Other Thoughts: I have a friend that currently owns a Fractal Define and he spoke so highly of it's quality. I figured the Node would at least share in it's quality seeing as it's being made by Fractal. Maybe he was wrong, but I'm just not impressed with its overall quality. Also, I thought white would have been a nice, different look. I should have went with black, as this white doesn't blend in to my silver, grey, black color scheme. Maybe I'm just OCD about it, just a little annoying.
I was very hesitant on returning this. I still am, but I feel I may have already passed the time available to return it and figured I'd keep it and use it a while before I change my mind and go back to the FT03-MINI.
Pros: 1920x1080p res. is very crisp, all my games look amazing on it. Color quality is awesome. Not sure if in the description, but this monitor can function with or without the stand which is a pretty awesome feature and gives the monitor a whole new look and feel. Monitor itself looks and feels of high quality.
Cons: The picture is misleading. I bought this thinking there would be no border whatsoever like shown in the picture, but there is about a half-inch border of black on the LCD itself. So technically, this is a 21.5in. Just beware of that. Not worth taking an egg off as the monitor is great.READ FULL REVIEW
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