AZZA Toledo 301 ATX Mid Tower Case ReviewTue, Jun 21, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Building in the Toledo 301
Building inside the Toledo 301 was a big issue; many of the design choices and places that they skimped on cause problems when trying to install components. As you can see with the Hard Drive sled, you are forced to have the hard drives face the open part of the case, making the cables visible as well. Most system builders will not like this. Also, because of the odd ODD mounting system, I was unable to mount my DVD Drive in place without it sliding around.
Here’s a big issue with cable management; when using this case, you’re limited by the fans you can install if you want to install a radiator as well. Inside there is only 12mm of space between the top of the motherboard and fan mounts, making any internal fan installs very difficult and very tight.
Here is another issue with the case; when installing the 24pin ATX motherboard cable, I found I had to bend the wires and cable a great deal to actually route it. This is making me worried about possible issues with routing any more cables through that section.
Another issue you can notice with this picture is that the motherboard mount doesn’t line up with your standard size ATX motherboard, which also hangs over the cable holes.
I do not know what size motherboard they used to design this case with, but it doesn’t exactly work. If you have a board as long as theirs, you cover up the mounting holes. If you mount a normal board, you still cover up some of the cable holes, making cable routing tight.
Like I said before, the holes make routing cables hard; a standard SATA cable has to bend a great deal to fit in the hole for routing, which also made me worried as the cuts on this case for cable holes were sharp and I feel they may cut into the cables over time, causing a short or worse.