Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
AZZA is one company, which every time we visit their product page online, we see that they are constantly trying new things and pumping cases out right and left. Most of their designs have been hit or miss, but one thing is for sure, with all the options they have in their lineup, it is highly likely they have something to suit your needs. It has been some time since we looked at an AZZA chassis, and if our recollection is correct, it was the ultra-compact AZZA Z. One thing we know through all of the cases though is that AZZA has done their best to stay current in the market, and are in no way afraid to try out new things.
The theme of the chassis they have sent to us most recently, its aggressive styling on the outside, throw in a large side panel made of tempered glass, and another on the top of the chassis, then add in a PSU cover, and try not to charge a lot for it. They have hit on many of the latest trends we see in mid-tower cases such as this one, and even go as far as to light up the interior with an LED fan and a name plaque on the PSU cover. While modularity is lost within this chassis, AZZA can deliver us a chassis which has plenty of room where it is needed and has an individual look many will appreciate. At the same time making life with this chassis appreciated, even if it is not as advanced as some other cases in its category.
Today we are showing of the AZZA Photios 250 Mid-Tower chassis. Let us start by clearing up something. We have noticed some confusion online, and on the packaging, where there is a mention of the Photios 250X, and we have not been able to verify that this chassis exists. Some are calling the chassis we are showing today the 250X, but there is no such case on the AZZA website. That being said, prepare your eyes for the feat that is the Photios 250. This may not be the most spectacular chassis you have ever seen, but with the associated pricing mixed into the decision, it can easily cure whatever sort of limitations this chassis may present to the individual reader.
The chassis we are taking a look at from AZZA is the Photios 250, and again we see a mention of the CZAZ-250, and the CZAZ-250X, so potentially there is another version appearing later. This is an ATX mid-tower chassis which is black on the inside and the outside. The left side of the chassis is made from 3mm thick tempered glass, which has EVA anti-vibration material around the edges, inside of the glass window. CPU air coolers can be up to 155mm in height, and under the cooler, a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, or "Full ATX" motherboard can be used.
Inside of the Photios 250, there are seven expansion slots, and even with two bays, only one 5.25" bay is usable through the front bezel. There is room for up to five 2.5" drives, while also room for up to three 3.5" drives. There is an HDD cage which holds two drives of either variety, while the motherboard tray and the floor of the chassis offer more locations. The next thing on the chart seems petty but is seemingly what differentiates between the 250 and the 250X. On the chassis we have, there is a single USB 3.0 port, and a trio of USB 2.0 ports, while the 250X has a pair of each. The front I/O panel also contains the HD Audio jacks, the power and reset buttons, and the power and HDD LEDs.
Cooling inside of this chassis is handled with a pair of 120mm fans, but they are both different. The 120mm fan found in the front of the chassis is clear, as it is also red LED lit when powered. The fan found in the back is a black 120mm fan, and both fans are powered via 4-pin Molex plugs. Optionally, you have more choices. The front of the Photios 250 has room for a pair of 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans and is capable of supporting a thin radiator. The top of the chassis is made to use only 120mm fans, two of them, but is raised above the frame of the chassis so that it also can support a thin radiator there too. The back of the chassis is drilled for a 120mm fan only, so the radiator support is the same, and the floor of the chassis offers no options.
On paper, the AZZA Photios 250 seems to have a lot going for it, and with such a low price, it only sweetens the deal. At this time, we could only find links to the chassis via eBay or at Newegg, but the eBay link is to a system, not just the case. What we see at Newegg is that the AZZA Photios 250 is only $59.99 currently. With what is the most affordable case offering tempered glass anywhere on it, and styling we think many will like, it is hard to beat up on AZZA or the Photios 250. We feel this chassis may not solve all of your system housing needs, but it is for sure something worthy of a serious look.
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)
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The AZZA Photios 250 Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $XXX at Amazon.
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