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AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case - Inside the AZZA Fantom 900 Mid Tower Case

While Antec's Nine Hundred holds strong presence in the mid tower market, there's a new 900 on the block from a mob called AZZA with big potential.

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 4, 2009 11:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: AZZA

Inside the AZZA Fantom 900 Mid Tower Case

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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Here is the fan that is placed at the top of the Fantom 900. AZZA chose an eleven bladed, 230mm, blue LED fan to whisk the warm air out the top of the case. There are four screws to remove the fan from the Fantom for cleaning, and the top plastic easily slides forward and lifts out once the face is removed.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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Looking at the rear of the case from the inside shows off a couple of things worth mentioning. First at the very bottom, being a bottom mount power supply case, I am glad to see they spent the extra couple of cents, and placed pads to support and isolate the PSU from the Fantom. This case, like a few others, uses thumbscrews for the expansion slot covers. To the left of these are the two holes that were measured at almost ¾", allowing ½" tubing to pass through with ease. Lastly is the seven bladed, 120mm exhaust fan that is placed in the rear, sorry, this time no LED's.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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Stepping back just a bit gives a good look at the interior and motherboard tray layout. I can't really figure out why, but AZZA has made four of the risers to be a permanent feature of the motherboard tray. Depending on the motherboard form factor, you add the risers needed to accommodate that specific board. This tray is also cut in various strategic locations to minimize the wiring "nests" I have seen in many PC's. The front of the Fantom 900 supports up to five optical drives, and the included fan and HDD cage can literally be moved anywhere, although closer to the bottom is best to allow the fan to pull air through the venting.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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Swinging a bit more to the right give you an inside view of the front of the Fantom 900. This is where the "goodie box" is shipped, inside the cage, and it is taped into place. As you can see the box is just folded shut, and this one loosened up and spilled a couple of its contents inside the case. The front of the Fantom 900 is pretty much universal in the way it can accept the cage, but you are only allowed optical drives to be placed in the top five slots.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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Removing the rear door give you a look at how AZZA handles the wire management behind the scenes. There are seven places to easily use from the back, with the supplied wire straps, and five easily usable from the front to keep things tidy. To the left is where you gain access to the opposite side of the drive bays to add and remove screws as needed.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

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At the bottom, as I showed from the outside, AZZA makes it possible to run a PSU with up to a 140mm fan in the fan down orientation. To the right of this is the added space for additional cooling that supports both, an 80mm or a 120mm fan. As you can see with the beefy feet that are used, it raises the floor of the case to about 1" off the surface it sits on allowing the fans to draw more air.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

It's a little easier to see what I mean about the front bay drives being universal. Once the cage and face panel are removed, you are left with quite a large amount of room to house your drives in pretty much whatever configuration you need, optical drives are limited though as the front panel only has slots corresponding to the top five. I like the fact that the front is able to take the front panel power cable from its shipped installation on the exposed side, and allow it to run across the front and be hidden in the rear for the case, behind the door.

 

AZZA Fantom 900 ATX Midi Tower Case

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

Can't forget about the front I/O panel connections, and here is what AZZA supplies in the Fantom 900. At the left, there are the two USB 2.0 connections. These are followed by the AC' 97 and HD audio connections, which you will soon see come up a touch short in my opinion. The next group of wires include the power, reset HDD activity, and power LED connections.

 

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