Testing & Results
In this build, I will be using a Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler and a Gigabyte Radeon R9-270X to demonstrate how much room is in this case. The Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler is still a very large CPU cooler and that is why I decided to use it for this build. I will also be doing cable management to get everything to look at its best. So enough talk, let’s jump right into the build!
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard
System Memory: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaw X Series 1600MHz DDR3
Processor: AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core Processor @ 4.0GHz
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Video: Gigabyte Radeon R9-270X 2GB
Disk Drive 1: ADATA SP900 64GB SSD
Disk Drive 2: Seagate Momentus Thin 320GB HDD
PSU: Raidmax Hybrid II 630W Modular PSU
Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 21.5″ 5ms LED Monitor
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
Like any new build, it is recommended to start with the CPU cooler already installed onto the motherboard before installing it into the case. Because the AZZA XT1 had a lot of interior room and had that large CPU cutout on the motherboard tray, it would have been possible to mount the motherboard into the case first and then install the CPU cooler.
Because the AZZA XT1 case supports graphics cards up to 340mm long or roughly a little over 13 inches, I had no trouble fitting my Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X Windforce edition into the case. Because this graphics card measures in at 11.5 inches or 292mm, it came no where close to hitting the 3.5 inch drive bays. During the build, I did not run into a lot of problems. There was more than enough room for even a larger CPU cooler and a larger graphics card. There was also a lot of room for more storage drives and ultimately a custom water cooling system.
As you can see, cabling was very simple to manage because there was a lot of room between the motherboard tray and side panel for even some of the thickest wires. The only downside that I discovered was that there were mounting holes for a 140mm fan at the bottom. The reason why it is impossible to install a 140mm fan here was because the SATA and 4-pin molex power cable attached to the circuit board for the hot-swappable drive bay were in the way. If you remove the circuit board, then installing a 140mm fan here will be possible. But for now, I installed a 120mm fan instead and it does the job
All over the motherboard tray are lots and lots of tie-down points. I was able to use as many as I can to make the best out of my cable management. I could have done a better job if I haven’t ran the front panel ports over the cutout of the motherboard. Instead, I could have tied them down to the tie-down points between the small cutout and the CPU cutout. But overall, cable management is top notch with this case if you take your time.
Once I got everything installed, I tested the system and made sure everything was in working order. When I know that everything is working, I went ahead and tied down all of the cables. The results were very satisfying with the AZZA XT1 case.
Here is the completed system. The preinstalled fans are very quiet. The red LEDs from the top 230mm fan also complements the red LEDs from my Cooler Master V8. Closing up the side panel, the system makes barely any noticeable noise when the fans are running at their lowest speeds. Even though they are running at their lowest speeds, there was still enough air passing through the case keeping my FX-8120 at 4.0GHz at around 45C at max load and my Gigabyte Radeon R9-270X at 48C at max load with an ambient room temperature of 25C.
Keep in mind that the AZZA XT1 also comes with four fan grills that can be attached to the front and top of the case. In my case, I wanted to show you how it will look if the grills are attached to the case. You can also leave them off for a more classic look depending on your preference. Also, these fan grills will not prevent dust from passing through them.
I had a lot of fun building a system in the AZZA XT1 case. The case provided a lot of room for cable management and a lot of space for my graphics card. It was also more than enough room to fit my old Cooler Master V8 and that thing is still a large CPU cooler even for today. The three small cutouts on the motherboard tray allowed me to route cables behind the motherboard and out to the proper positions with little to no effort. The CPU power cutout was also very easy to get to and was large enough for the eight-pin CPU power connector.