AZZA Genesis 9000 Review

Author: Chris Barry
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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Computer cases may not come across as the most important piece of hardware, however it is definitely one of the main components that users get used to seeing on regular basis. Users also shouldn't downplay the factors that should be considered when they are in the market for a new case: appearance can be one of them, but thermal performance is important as well.  Users also need to make sure that the case will be large enough to fit all of their components. Like many manufacturers, AZZA hopes to deliver on all of the above through their lineup of cases, available in just about every form factor.

Today we will be taking a look at one of AZZA's higher end full tower cases, the AZZA Genesis 9000. The Genesis 9000 is priced fairly high at $170, but the price tag is not particularly suprising or unique considering how expensive full tower cases can be. The Genesis 9000 comes in two colors, white and black, with the latter variation running $10 cheaper.

Specifications
Dimension 25.1" x 9.8" x 23.2"
MB Support E-ATX, Full ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
Expansion Slots
7
Material
SECC Japanese Steel
Drive Bays
External 5.25" Drive Bay 4; External 3.5" Drive Bay 1; Internal 2.5" Drive Bay2x 2.5"SSD, HDD Drive Bays; Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 6 (4 x SATA3 Easy Swap 3.5" Drive Bays)
Colling
230mm Fan Top:  2x 230mm  Silent Fans (24dBA) Left Side:  2x 230mm Blue/Red LED Silent Fans (24dBA); 120mm Fan Front: 2x120mm Blue/Red LED Silent Fans (19dBA)
Rear: 1x120mm Fan in Reara Right Side: 1x120mm super slim fan for CPU
I/O Panel
1x USB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, e-SATA, Audio, Mic
Power Supply
ATX (Not included)

The AZZA Genesis 9000 is a big case, even for a full tower, and for this reason it will arrive in a very large box. With its large size you can expect the Genesis 9000 to weigh a fair amount and, well, it does. At 36lbs, the AZZA Genesis 9000 is a fairly heavy computer case. Try not to be to astonished by how large the Genesis 9000 is after removing the case from the packaging; at 21.5 inches it's a tall case.

The AZZA Genesis 9000 not only looks impressive, but thanks to the quality of its construction, it feels that way too. The Genesis 9000 is not only one of the heaviest cases I've ever had the pleasure of working with, it is one of the most well designed as well (in my opinion). The front of the case features four blue LED strips and nine 5.25" drive bays, two of which are hot swap HDD bays. Also located at the front of the case is the front power supply bay, but the user can still opt to install the PSU in the back of the case if desired/required. In fact, the Genesis 9000 supports two PSU's at once! The side panel of the AZZA Genesis 9000 features a small blue acrylic window, as well as vents for two 230mm blue/red LED cooling fans and an optional 230mm fan.

The opposite side panel lacks a window, but still features two vents for 230mm fans! The rear panel of the case is far more interesting, particularly with all its thumb screws! Here you will find nine expansion slots, as well as the various holes for water cooling. The motherboard tray is also removable. It's been a while since I've worked on a case with this feature, yet it's one I definitely appreciate so AZZA certainly scores some kudos there!

One of the most impressive things about the AZZA Genesis 9000 is the amount of fans it comes with. Included with the case are four 230mm fans and five 120mm fans, for a total of nine cooling fans. I can honestly say that this is the most fans I have ever seen with a case. We just have to hope that the number of fans won't have a negative effect on the case's airflow.

One feature that is always nice to see in a case is hot swap bays, and the Genesis 9000 comes equipped with a total of two. Another cool feature AZZA included in the Genesis 9000 are the GPU supports. These adjustable plastic braces serve to alleviate some of the stress on the PCIe slots, especially when you are installing some of the larger add-in cards!

As stated before, the AZZA Genesis 9000 can utilize two PSU's at once. If you plan on installing only one PSU, you will probably utilize the area allotted at the front of the case. Just remember, this case is huge so if your PSU cables are short you may run into some problems. In fact, due to the size of the case and standard orientation of the motherboard tray, I was unable to install the Corsair H100 at the top of the AZZA Genesis 9000. Instead, I made do with fitting perfectly behind the drive cages!

Once everything has been installed you'll find that there is still plenty of internal space, and the slightly different orientation of the motherboard tray gives your components a very interesting configuration. Now that everything is assembled, let's take a look at how well it performs!

Testing Setup:

Comparison Cases:

Testing:

For testing I maintained an ambient room temperature of 70°F and used HWMonitor to monitor each component's internal temperature. The idle temperatures were taken after the computer remained on, but with no operating load for an hour. The load tests were taken after a 15 minute period with Kombuster's power supply test active.

The AZZA Genesis 9000 did a great job of cooling all of our test components with the factory fans. This means that not only does the case look good, it performs great as well. Definitely impressive so far.

Conclusion

In case you haven't noticed yet, I absolutely love this case! AZZA definitely got it right when it came to the Genesis 9000 and unless you think it looks ugly out of the box, I can't imagine anyone being terribly disappointed with it. The AZZA Genesis 9000 was one of the most well built cases I've ever used. The one downside I found with this case was the sheer size of it, however those purchasing a full tower case will probably have set aside enough room for it anyway!

The AZZA Genesis also did great as far as performance goes. While the case didn't land at the top of all our benchmark charts, it did deliver some of the coolest idle temperatures. Not only that, but the AZZA Genesis 9000 will give you more than enough internal room to work with even if you're looking to install full-sized radiators. The Genesis 9000 is equipped with enough 5.25" and 3.25" drive bays to keep any enthusiast happy, and with seven expansion slots you'll be able to utilize all the PCIe slots your motherboard has to offer.

One of the coolest things about the AZZA Genesis 9000 is that it comes with a total of nine case fans! Not only that, but this number of fans did not hinder airflow in any noticeable way. The AZZA Genesis 9000 really isn't that expensive of a full tower at $180, as it provides excellent performance out of the box. It's definitely a strong choice for anyone looking to use, or upgrade to, a much larger case!

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