AZZA Helios 910R ATX Mid Tower Case ReviewSun, Jan 10, 2010 - 12:00 AM
AZZA Helios 910R – An Look Inside
As I mentioned before, this baby is bright red and from this view, you can see that the entire interior is bright red. Also from this angle, we can see that there are plenty of predrilled holes for venting hot air down through the bottom of the case. Another place that thumb screws are used is in the expansion slot area. This makes it easier to install or remove cards from the motherboard with ease. I like to be able to remove or install cards without looking for a screwdriver. Dell has a system which holds the card in place, but I prefer thumb screws which are stronger and more reliable.
One complaint that I have has to do with the fan on the back of the 910R. For some reason, the fan comes with a large connector instead of small one that can be connected to the motherboard. You can see the connector hanging down of the left hand side of the case. The problem I have with the large connector is that the wiring has to be run down to the bottom of the case to the power supply. I want to hide as much cabling as possible behind the back of the motherboard tray to make it look less cluttered, but because of the way the fan is mounted and the length of the cable, it can’t be routed to where I would like it to go. This, of course, is not a show stopper, but a minor nuisance which I could fix by replacing the fan.
From this angle we can see were the optical drives and hard drives are mounted. There is room to mount up to four hard drives inside this enclosure and once again, AZZA is making sure that your system stays cool. The hard drives actually mount inside a small removable case that has a 140mm LED fan attached. Air from the front of the case is sucked in and flows over the hard drives, keeping them cool.
Another thing that I like about this case is how the optical drives mount. A lot of companies will give you guide rails to mount to your drive and you can slide them in and out as you please. I really don’t like using the guide rails, because when you need to swap out drives, you have to remove the rails off the old drive and then install them on the new drive. Sometimes the company doesn’t give you enough guide rails to fill up all the slots available which has happened to me before.
As you can see, the optical drive just slides in and sits on top of a built in rail. Grab a couple of thumb screws that AZZA has provided, and lock the drive in place. This, to me, is a better design and makes it easier to install or swap out drives.