Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to cases from Azza, we have found they have been hit or miss in their designs. When things started out for them, a few of their solutions were on the gaudy side, trying to attract younger or uneducated chassis buyers. As time passed, things have changed, as their case designs have become more refined, and even now offer a lot of the features that most potential customers would find beneficial. We realize that when starting up a company, every solution cannot be a groundbreaking hit, but we are also pleased to see the progression Azza is making, bringing them closer and closer to more mainstream offerings.
The last chassis we saw from Azza was a tiny black and green case for M-ITX builds, but even in those tight confines, we were very pleased with the chassis and the types of gear we could install within it. While the script is now flipped to a full-tower chassis, this time around, that idea has not been lost. The outside of this latest design comes in three color options, which is much like the larger players in the game have been doing for some time now. Also with this exterior, we find an aggressive yet stylish design that reminds us of a few cases that have been a huge hit for other companies in the past. The interior also takes a step up in this offering, where the design is modular, tool-free for the most part, and in this particular version, we get bold splashes of orange that dress up not only the exterior but the interior as well.
Azza sent us the Nova 8000 full-tower chassis to have a look at this time. As we mentioned, it comes in three flavors. There is the CSAZ-8000B we have now, which is mostly black with orange accents. There is also an 8000W, which is white with black accents, and lastly, there is a gunmetal option in the 8000GM, which the entire chassis is shipped as one solid color. Azza is also trying something new in this chassis as it comes with a four-door design, and while they compartmentalized the design, this full-tower still offers room for all the gear you need to house in it, and can accommodate water cooling relatively easy. While Azza may not be a name that you normally think of right away for your next chassis purchase, the Nova full-tower is something we feel that may just break that mold and have you very interested.
The majority of the chassis is built from SECC steel and is then painted while some of the bits are made of ABS plastic. All three versions come with a tinted side window on the left of them, and you can fit a CPU air cooler behind it with a height of up to 190mm. These cases are not only capable of housing an ATX motherboard, but they can also house M-ATX motherboards, and even an E-ATX motherboard, which is more than most even consider. This chassis is 21.6" tall, 8.7" wide, is 22.6" deep, and all told when empty the Nova 8000 weighs in at 30 pounds.
The front of the chassis offers four removable bay covers with 5.25" drive bays behind them for your optical drive or reservoir needs. Inside, the Nova offers room for a trio of 2.5" drives, and up to six 3.5" drives. In the back, there are nine expansions slots to fill with video cards and the like, and the front I/O panel offers up two USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HD Audio jacks, and even adds in a three stage fan controller as well.
Cooling inside of the chassis is offered in three locations. The front of the chassis is shipped with only a single 120mm LED fan in place, but can support two, and even a 240mm radiator if configured for it. The top of the chassis is shipped with a pair of 120mm fans in place, and they are raised into the top of the chassis. A third fan can be added to the top, and there is also room for a 360mm radiator. The rear of the chassis is the last location for cooling. The Nova is shipped with a 120mm fan and an orange plastic grill, but again, you can hand water cooling here if desired as well.
The last bits found at the bottom of the chart cover a few things you might need to know. We see that two of the four side panels are built to swing open. This allows access to the drive bays without the need to open up the larger side panels. This chassis can accommodate 360mm worth of video cards, and that there is a large cut-out for the CPU cooler to be easily installed or replaced, without the need to remove the motherboard from the Nova 8000.
Shopping for the Nova 8000, we found two listings. One of them is at Newegg, but currently, it is just a placeholder listing, as this listing shows no current stock available at this time. The other listing we found is at Amazon. Here we see that the chassis is sold from Azza, and the price listed on it is $129.99. Even though it is not contained in the Prime membership, free shipping is still offered with the Nova 8000. Considering everything this chassis is said to offer, and what it can house, we feel that the pricing is on point, and as long as the styling hits you right in this chassis, we feel that it is well worth the investment.
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)
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