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Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX TowerToday was Christmas in July for me.  I answered the door to find a large package from a small computer chassis/power supply vendor called Azza.  I’ll tell you up front, there is a lot about the Fantom 900 case to love.  The appearance and quality is top notch and it’s full of small thoughtful goodies that make it a step, or two, above its fellow 500+ cases.  Thumb screws galore are located throughout this case making install and tear down a breeze.  Airflow through their massive fans is superb and there is even room for more to be added (can we get it to hover folks?).  Vibration damping, wire routing, it is a well thought out and laid out case!

 

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Introduction of the Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Hop onto Newegg.com today and request mid-tower cases under $100 and you’ll pull up 500+ results.  How then are you to decide what case is worthy of your new zombie killing WWII smoking PC innards?  I mean you don’t want something that tears your hands up trying to fit your parts inside, and what if you want to upgrade later to water-cooling, or will your overclocked CPU and GPU burn up in a ball of flames, can this case handle it?  One of the best ways to find what you need is of course to come here to Proclockers.com and let us show you what’s out there that we recommend!

Today was Christmas in July for me.  I answered the door to find a large package from a small computer chassis/power supply vendor called Azza.  I’ll tell you up front, there is a lot about the Fantom 900 case to love.  The appearance and quality is top notch and it’s full of small thoughtful goodies that make it a step, or two, above its fellow 500+ cases.  Thumb screws galore are located throughout this case making install and tear down a breeze.  Airflow through their massive fans is superb and there is even room for more to be added (can we get it to hover folks?).  Vibration damping, wire routing, it is a well thought out and laid out case!

Azza take on the Fantom 900

The AZZA Fantom 900 case is designed especially with the needs of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers in mind. With your gaming hardware producing a ton of heat, choosing the right case with superb thermal management becomes vital. This PC chassis provides an ultra-efficient cooling system to keep your components air-cooled while you are on the hunt. A monster 230mm blue LED fan is top-mounted to exhaust the hot air produced as a result of CPU operation. A second monster 230mm blue LED fan is installed on the side for cold air intake. One 140mm blue LED fan is built-in locate in the front panel, drawing cold air in to maintain the HDD cage in low temperature. And a120mm fan in the back panel exhausts hot air out of the system. In summary, Fantom's superior thermal management includes two 230mm monster fans, one 140mm fan and one 120mm fan that work en masse to provide an exceptional cooling system for your gaming needs.

An adjustable PSU support bridge is located in the bottom. You may choose to install the PSU with the fan facing either up or down, for air intake or exhaust. The pre-drilled fan holes right underneath all but help to eliminate the PSU as one of the heat sources in the case!

There is more! With five 5.25" and eight 3.5" drives bays, you'll have all the room you need to build your dream system in this case. The USB and Audio ports are conveniently located on the top of the case, designed for easy access. Furthermore, cable can be routed behind the pre-drilled motherboard tray, thus minimizing clutter and improving airflow.

Manufactured with high-quality workmanship and designed with a stylish exterior, the AZZA Fantom 900 has gaming performance squeezed into a stellar value computer case.

If you haven’t heard of Azza, here’s a brief introduction to the company:

Jump started with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via the efforts of a highly dedicated, professional, productive and experienced workforce who shares a commitment to the long-term growth and success of the company.

AZZA’s Mission is simple: Your satisfaction is our success!

These are pretty good goals for an up and coming vendor if you ask me. Now we just have to see if the Fantom 900 case can live up to these ambitious statements.


Packaging and Contents

I was very impressed with how the Fantom 900 was packaged and shipped.  I still remember the first case I ordered in 1996.  It arrived in a plain brown box that was so thin you didn’t need a knife to open it. I just poked and ripped it open with my fingers. So, I am a big fan of vendors who take the time to layout awesome graphics on their packaging and provide heavy-duty packaging as well.  As you can see the front of the retail box, Azza clearly displays the case with great studio photos and the back panel of the retail box is identical to the front.  The side panels list all the case’s technical specifications as well as other key statistics about the case.

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Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Specifications

Model Name: Fantom 900
Model Number: CSAZ-900
Type: ATX Mid Tower
Color: Black
Material: Japanese SECC Steel/Aluminum
With Side Panel Window: Yes
With Power Supply: No
Motherboard Compatibility: ATX, Micro ATX
Expansion
External 5.25" Drive Bay: 5
External 3.5" Drive Bay: 1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bay: 4
Expansion: 7
Front Ports
Front Ports 2 x USB, Audio, Mac
Cooling System
230mm Fan: 1 x 230mm blue LED silent fan (24DBA) on top1 x 230mm blue LED silent fan (24DBA) on the side
140mm Fan: 1x140mm blue LED silent fan (19DBA) in front
120mm Fan: 1x120mm fan in rear
Physical Spec
Dimensions (H x W x D): 20.5" (520mm) x 8.1" (205mm) x 19.7" (500mm)

Features

Ultra-efficiency Cooling System: 1 x 230mm top fan (exhaust)
1 x 230mm side fan (intake)
2x 140mm front fan (intake), providing exceptional air flow to cool the HDD
1 x 120mm rear fan (exhaust)
Bottom-mounted Power Supply: Power supply is bottom-mounted, can be installed facing either up or down. Pre-drilled holes located at bottom, allowing efficient air flow when power supply is installed facing downward
Cable Management: Cable is organized behind the pre-drilled motherboard tray, allowing better cable routing and internal air flow?
Easy Assembling: Thumb screw design for easy assembling of optical drive and HDD; Thumb screw design also for the side panel
Maximum Compatibility: Compatible with ATX, Micro ATX and all kinds of Nvidia, ATI long graphic card, and most water cooling systems;Server-like HDD cages can accommodate up to 4 HDD; equipped with 1 x 140mm front fan for overheat prevention
USB & Audio Ports Located on Top: USB & audio ports are located on the top panel, allowing easy access

Closer look at the Fantom 900 from the Outside

My first impression after pulling out the case is that this is well constructed and designed.  Azza took its time developing the Fantom 900 so it didn’t function like a cheap imitation of another vendor’s case that’s currently on the market. We won’t name names, but it does resemble another popular case that’s available in this price range.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

This case has a nice heft to it and everything appears to fit tightly and has a great exterior finish.  This case looks like it was engineered for gamers. The first thing users will notice is the side window containing a massive 230mm blue LED fan.  On top of the case there is another 230mm LED fan as well as four USB 2.0 ports, power button, reset button, and sound jacks for speakers and a microphone.  Man I love that feature.  No more hunting around the bottom of the case or worse around the back of the case to plug in your headphones or USB devices.

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Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

The back panel of the case is pretty standard, but does include water cooling ports for those with external water-cooling solutions. The top panel’s 230mm fan has a three-speed controller for low, medium, and high settings. I am pretty happy to see both of those features added.  It’s these small details that tell me they have been listening to DIY PC builders’ needs and feedback.  There is a very solid door to protect up to five bays on the front panel of the case as well.  It swings open to the left so positioning your PC on the right-hand side of your desk could be an issue. 

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower


A Closer Look at the Fantom 900 from the Inside

Opening the left side-panel door gives us a great look at the interior of the Fantom 900 case. It’s a pretty standard design like many others available in the mid-tower ATX class. The optical bays are not tool-less, but Azza did add some interesting airflow features that should appeal to many mainstream consumers looking for a quick upgrade at an affordable price.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

The first feature to catch my eye was a large 11-blade fan that runs at lower RPMs to help reduce noise and vibration in the Fantom 900 case. I also spotted a removable 4-slot hard drive cage with vibration dampening foam glued to the sides of the cage itself. 

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Taking a quick look at the rear of the motherboard tray, users will see pre-cut wiring holes with cable management ties already provided.  I’ve stretched, pulled, and griped too many times trying to hide my wires and keep the interior of my case neat and uncongested.

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The pre-drilled slots in the bottom of the case allow users to install their own 120mm fan for additional airflow, not that this case needs it, and there are pre-drilled holes for the power supply fan provided.  Nice touch there.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Here’s one more photo of the mammoth 230mm exhaust fan and 120mm rear exhaust. 

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

The back panel’s PCI slots are not tool-less, but Azza does provide large thumb screws to help users install new cards in their systems. The included water-cooling ports should also make adding that type of cooling solution easy and accessible as water-cooling continues to become more of a mainstream occurrence than past years.  Water in a pc, used to question people’s sanity when I heard about it, now it’s hard to do without it on heavy overclocks.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Here’s another quick shot of the removable hard drive cage that is also secured to the chassis with the same thumb screws as the back panel’s PCI slots.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower

Azza also left plenty of room to mount the power supply to the bottom of the case.  No more knocking out those painful metal tabs to mount your optical drives either, as the Fantom 900’s optical bays are clean and free of any metal brackets.

Azza Fantom 900 Mid-Tower ATX Tower


Conclusion

We’d like to thank Azza for providing the Fantom 900 case for our review today. I am still feeling like its Christmas in July.  So did Azza with the Fantom 900 live up to its ambitious goals?  Hell yeah it did!  As of 8/4/09, the Azza Fantom 900 is currently priced at $69.99 after MIB.  Aside from being a great looking case with a very tight look and feel, the Fantom 900 has a lot of key features that should be very desirable to DIY PC builders and the price should really appeal to those budget enthusiasts looking for a quick upgrade too. I would have liked the back panel of the case to be painted the same color as the exterior. The chassis could have also used a coat or two of the same color to really give it a distinctive look and feel. At this price point, it’s a lot to ask, but I get tired of seeing bare metal butts when I turn a case around.   I really liked the use of the thumb screws used throughout.  While tool-less design is great, it doesn’t take much more effort to use a thumbscrew.  Like I stated in the beginning, it was the little things they added that show they give a care about the DIY PC market, vibration dampening foam, boy that saves you a ton of time from doing it yourself, and all those fan slots, I personally love to look at my fan control box and have to ability to brown-out my neighborhood!   So if you’re in the market or its time to upgrade you cannot go wrong with the Azza Fantom 900!

 

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