AZZA Helios 910R ATX Mid Tower Case ReviewSun, Jan 10, 2010 - 12:00 AM
AZZA Helios 910R – An External Look
From the front of the AZZA Helios 910R you can almost see right through the front panel. What I like about this setup is that each one of the drive bay covers can be removed to allow expansion for up to 9 drives. Just pop out a drive bay cover and install a 5.25” device and you’re ready to go. At the very top is a drive bay cover that can be used with either a floppy drive or the multi-memory card readers that seem to be coming out in the newer computers.
On the right top side of the case is the power button. Below that is a reset button, four USB ports and your typical audio ports for a headset and microphone. I like to have these kinds of ports readily available. My old case had a cover plate that always had to be opened to use the various ports. The ports were always being used and the cover plate eventually broke off.
From the back we can see that this baby is bright red. I like the black on red color style even though some may say that’s way too much red. We can also see that the power supply is mounted on the bottom of the case. There are also holes in the bottom of the 910R so the power supply can be mounted either up or down. I’m guessing that the preferred method would be to mount the power supply facing down so the hot air could flow out of the case. When I mounted my power supply, the 24 pin connector could not be plugged into the motherboard. Flipping the power supply over so it was facing upward gave me just enough slack on the cable so it could reach the motherboard properly. No matter which direction the power supply pointed, I still had to buy a 4 pin 12V extension cable which I was able to find at Fry’s electronics. More on this later.
Also from the back we can see one of two fans used to vent hot air out of the case. This fan is a 120mm fan and doesn’t have any LED’s attached to it, just in case you were wondering. The picture below is of the other exhaust fan located at the top of the case. This 140mm fan is a little bit bigger than the one on the back, but not much. This fan also does not have any LED’s attached to it.
Last, but not least, is the large fan on the side which measures 230mm. This fan is an intake fan which pulls cool air into the Helios 910R. This fan is also one of two fans which have LED’s attached.
The other intake fan, also an LED fan, is located behind the drive bay front panel. Between the two intake fans and the two exhaust fans, this case has a pretty nice thermal design and is very quiet to boot.