The build quality is nice, with rolled edges on the holes and where all the panel components end, a solid feel with the doors on or off, and even with all the plastic, they were sure to clip securely all of it in so that there are not rattles or squeaks that come from them. The styling may not be for everyone, but we do like the contrast of the bright orange with the shiny black around it. We also like the idea of multiple side panels. While we have seen this idea before, the Nova delivers it with a super simple way of access, and hinges that take the panels out from the sides then allows them to slide forward, completely out of your way. The HDD cage is removable, and with the option to install 2.5" drives to the right side of the ODD bays, you are not out of options if you choose to do so.
We also like that in this design that you have access to place a 240mm radiator in the front or on the floor. You can use a 360mm radiator at the top of the chassis, the back offers room for a 120mm or 140mm radiator, and with six holes through the back panel, you can add as much externally as you want to. Everywhere you look, we are pleased with even the little things like extra lighting, a SATA hot-swap PCB, and a pre-wired fan controller - it shows the drive to offer a feature rich design.
We found plenty of room for everything we needed to fit inside and have plenty of options later to allow the Nova 8000 to grow with you, as you buy more gear and install it down the road. With the fan controller off, the chassis makes no noises, not even slightly. As you increase the fan speeds, we jump to 24dB in low mode, 29dB when it is set to medium, and at its highest setting, we heard 33dB of noise from the Nova. As we sit here thinking of a reason to pick the Nova 8000 apart, for any reason at all, we are left with nothing major to rant about. If anything, we would have wanted a clear side window, because without chassis lighting on the interior, seeing your components inside is near impossible in low light conditions.
While this design does look similar to another huge hit in the chassis game, Azza kept it classy and took their own approach to that concept. The aesthetic is a bit chunky, with many body lines and shapes to break up that standard box look that most cases offer, but it has grown on us the more we looked at it and built the system. Considering everything this chassis offers, inside and out, all the little bells and whistles, Azza has shown that are taking huge steps be more mainstream with this Nova 8000.
With it only costing $129.99, we feel not only does this chassis offer quite a bit for the investment, but even in the grander scheme of cases, it is hard to come up with many like this, with this feature set. The nice thing about this design too is that if you don't like the orange, you can opt for the gunmetal color. Even if you tend to lean toward white cases, Azza has you covered there too.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||94%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: The Nova 8000 shows that Azza is not stuck in their old designs! This is an attractive solution that is packed with features, we dig the front doors and hinges, and everything fits without issue. At this price, you are getting quite the offering for your investment.
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United States: The Azza Nova 8000 retails for $130 at Amazon.
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