With the side panel off we can see the Solano 1000 has nice amount of room, enough to hold even the biggest of video cards out today. The hard drive cages are held in with thumb screws, and Azza also provides extra thumb screws to hold the hard drives and optical drives in place.
Looking to the back we can the expansion slot covers, also held in place with thumb screws.
On the bottom we can get a better look of the PSU mounting area; there are 4 rubber posts that hold the PSU up off the bottom and act as vibration isolators.
Looking up we can see the top mounted 230mm exhaust fan.
With the right side panel off we can see that Azza has placed tabs for wire ties. This will be nice for wire routing.
The front bezel only snaps into place, and with a good pull it comes off easily. I was happy to see on the back side of the bezel the drive bay covers have a plastic honey comb of sorts to act as a stiffener. So, a front cover getting bent in a move will be hard to do.
With the front cover removed we can see the hard drive cage fans. Each cage has its own 140mm blue LED fan.
With one of the cages out we can see yet another similarity to the cages on the Antec Nine Hundred, but I think these are a little better. For starters these use 140mm fans rather than 120mm. The sides are such that standard drive mounting hardware can be used.
And the best part: inside the cage is noise/vibration dampening padding. Let’s install some parts.