The AZZA Genesis 9000W Case
Now a lot of chassis manufacturers claim that their chassis are capable of handling water cooling radiators on the inside of the chassis, but typically these chassis limit what the size of radiator is that can be used. Typically, these can handle up to a dual 120mm (240mm) sized radiator, and then out of those chassis there are only a handful of chassis that can truly handle a triple 120mm (360mm) sized radiator. But, unfortunately, some of these chassis required us computer users to remove a good portion of the chassis' internals to be able to mount triple 120mm (360mm) radiator inside of it. So when I heard of a chassis manufacturer laying claim that they have a chassis that can handle not only just 1 radiator but two radiators, and that this chassis is fully capable of handling both a quad 120mm (480mm) radiator alongside a dual 120mm (240mm) radiator inside of it while also not having us computer users gut the entire interior of the chassis to be able to handle these types of radiators, it made me a bit skeptical, and at the same time curious to what we computer users had to do to the chassis to make a rather large radiator like a quad 120mm (480mm) to be able to fit inside.
Well, over here at Legit Reviews, we just happen to be looking at one of the many chassis from AZZA, the Genesis 9000 full tower. Now AZZA says that the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis is fully capable of handling both a quad 120mm (480mm) radiator as well as a dual 120mm (240mm) radiator inside of it. Well, I just happen to have two radiators, and one of them is one the largest quad 120mm (480mm) radiators available to us water cooling computer users, the quad 120mm (480mm) triple row, dual pass radiator from XSPC. I also have a dual 120mm (240mm) single row, dual pass radiator, from Swiftech that I will be using. So we are just going to have to see if the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis from AZZA can truly handle a dual water cooling radiator computer configuration with a quad 120mm alongside a dual 120mm radiator on the interior.
AZZA Genesis 9000 Case Specifications:
- Model Name: Genesis 9000W
- Model Number: CSAZ-9000W
- Type: ATX Full Tower
- Color(s): White with Blue trim, or Black with Red trim
- Material: 0.8mm SECC
- Side Panel Window : Yes
- With Power Supply: No
- CPU Cooler Compatibility: up to 200mm
- Motherboard Compatibility: XL-ATX,E-ATX, Full ATX, Micro ATX
- Power Supply Locations: Rear Bottom or Front Bottom, Supports Dual-Power Supply Expansion
- External 5.25" Drive Bay: 9
- Internal 3.5 Drive Bays: 5+1(up to 9)
- Easy Swap 2.5" SSD Slot: 2 (up to 5)
- Easy Swap 3.5" HDD Slot: 2(up to 5)
- Expansion Slots: 9
- Front Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, e-SATA, HD Audio, Mic
- Cooling System
- 230mm Fan: 2x230mm Silent Fan (24DBA) on The Top w/Fan Speed Control
- 140mm Fan: 2x140mm Silent Fan (19DBA) at Bottom w/Fan Speed Control
- 120mm Fan: 1x120mm Fan in Rear, 2x120mm on the Side for HDD
Giving the specifications of the AZZA Genesis 9000 full tower chassis a quick scan, AZZA lists the Genesis 9000 chassis capable of handling a quad 120mm (480mm) radiator. We also can see that this chassis can handle quite a few different sized motherboards, anywhere from a micro ATX to the larger EATX. The Genesis 9000 full tower chassis is able to handle video cards up to 400mm in length, and this chassis contains 2 hot swappable HDD ports. We also get a lot of the optional fans included, and when we get to the dimensions of this chassis, we get an idea that this particular chassis is just simply huge.
I would like to add that AZZA also offers two color variations of the Genesis 9000 chassis; we have the option of choosing a color scheme of a White chassis with blue trimmed LED lighting, or a Black chassis with red trimmed LED lighting. LR was sent the Genesis 9000W to review, so you'll be seeing the white version today.
A quick look for a pricing of this particular chassis found that it has a price tag of $169.99 USD and is available over at Amazon.com with free shipping. I will go more into my personal thoughts of the pricing of this chassis at the end of this review.
Unboxing the Genesis 9000
To start this review of the AZZA Genesis 9000 Full Tower chassis, we need to start on how it is packaged up. AZZA lets us know right off the bat that the Genesis 9000 chassis comes in 2 different color variations: black with red highlights and one that is white with blue highlights. To the right of the images of the chassis, AZZA gives us information that this chassis uses a reversible motherboard configuration, and that this chassis uses one of AZZA’s specific features V-AIR.
Turning the box 90°, AZZA gives us some general specifications of the Genesis 9000 chassis. Both ends of the box have the same exact information printed on them.
Flipping the box over to the backside, AZZA gives us some general features of the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis.
This is how AZZA packaged up the Genesis 9000 chassis; it is not much different from what we have seen from previous chassis.
I removed the accessories from within the chassis and laid them out so we can see what AZZA includes.
- Instruction manual
- 2 Video card support paddles
- 1 5.25" bay device adapter
- Wire ties
- PC Speaker
- Small bag of screws which includes
- Motherboard standoffs
- Motherboard screws
- 3.5/2.5" HDD/SSD screws
- Chassis screws
Here is what the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis looks like once removed from the confines of the box.
Genesis 9000 Exterior Thoughts
I am going to start from the front of the Genesis 9000 chassis and work my way around the entire external portion of this chassis. The Genesis 9000 chassis has 9 5.25” bays; 5 of these 5.25” bays will have the HDD/SSD carriers and a total of 4 empty 5.25” bays are for us to install our other drives/devices. At the very bottom of this chassis is another mesh covered vent; I will go into detail what this is for on the next page.
Turning the Genesis 9000 chassis 90° to the right brings us to a solid left side panel. Up toward the front of this side panel are 2 places where we can install 2 optional 120mm fans.
Let's turn our attention over to the backside of the Genesis 9000 chassis. With our first glance at the back we can already tell that this chassis does not use the typical ATX lay out. In fact, the Genesis 9000 chassis has everything upside down, or reversed.
Starting from the top of the chassis working our way down, the Genesis 9000 chassis has 9 PCI expansion ports available to it. To the left of the expansion ports are 2 external water cooling access ports.
Making our way down farther, we see the rear motherboard IO access port and a 120mm exhaust fan, and right below them is a single external water cooling access port. So far there are only 3 water cooling access ports which will make using an external dual loop water cooling set up not possible.
AZZA places a cover on the PSU mounting and this PSU mounting area uses multiple mounting holes for just about any PSU type or configurations. To the right of this PSU mounting area is a PSU power plug. Then below the rear PSU mounting area of the Genesis 9000 chassis is a rather large opening. This is so fresh air can enter the bottom of the chassis; this chassis does not utilize the traditional style feet.
Making our way over to the right side panel, to the front of this side panel are 2 120mm fan mounts. These are included and they also have filters installed. Toward the rear of the right side panel is a rather large fan mount that can mount a 230mm fan, not included but it does have a filter pre-installed. And right below the 230mm fan mount is a rather small blue tinted window.
Why AZZA used such a small window is beyond me, this window is not large enough to see inside of the chassis, and it is in a rather awkward spot to be able to see anything in it. They should have either made this window encompass the entire side panel, or left it just a blank side panel. This is more of a personal preference on my part.
Let’s give the top of the Genesis 9000 chassis a quick look.
Starting off on the top front is where all of the front IO ports are located. Starting from the bottom and working upwards, AZZA includes 2 USB 3 ports, a headphone, mic 3.5mm jacks, 2 USB 2 ports, and an e-SATA port. Right behind the USB 3 ports is the reset button, and then the on/off button (the large rectangular shaped button). Up behind the USB 2 ports are where the power/HDD indicator LEDs are located. And behind the Power/HDD LED indicator lights is another large rectangular button. This button will turn off the external LEDs (trim) and run any fans hooked up to this button at reduced speed to quiet the chassis fans while we sleep.
AZZA places vents to the entire top of the Genesis 9000 chassis, even though it does give this chassis a nice a clean look to it, these vent openings appear to be rather small to allow enough air to flow through them properly.
The entire top of the Genesis 900 chassis is removable; it is snapped into place and it uses thumb screws to secure it to the top of the chassis. AZZA uses 4 of these screws that secures the top to the main chassis frame; these need to be removed prior to removing the top.
After I got the thumbscrews removed removing the top bezel is a pretty easy task. Just place your fingers towards the rear opening and gently lift it off.
AZZA includes 2 230mm exhaust fans on the Genesis 9000 chassis. This is where the quad 120mm radiator would be mounted to, on the upper inner side of the Genesis 9000 chassis. If you look below the 230mm fans there are 4 large square holes cut into the top of the chassis. I will give you a better look at the top of the chassis during my computer installation.
Looking at the front inner side of the top bezel for the Genesis 9000 chassis, AZZA uses molex connectors for all of the cables for this chassis, so if we do not need the use of a cable we can disconnect it from here. The circuit board that is towards the back of the top (facing us) is where we can hook up a four fans so that when we press the top left rectangular button for quiet mode, it will be able to do so. The far 2 molex plugs are for the Trim LEDs that are already installed onto the chassis.
Time to turn the Genesis 9000 chassis 180° to the bottom side, this chassis does not use the traditional feet we have seen on countless other chassis. Instead it uses a bezel like bottom that has 4 large rubber pads that the chassis will sit on, with 2 center vents to allow more airflow.
As I mentioned previously, the pads on the Genesis 9000 chassis are made from rubber, so it won’t mar any surfaces we may place this chassis up on, and it won’t be able to slide all over the floor. The bottom bezel can also be removed; there are 4 screws that secure this bezel to the main frame of this chassis.
The front bezel comes in 2 parts; a lower front bezel and then the upper front bezel, the lower front bezel uses a fine metal mesh covering with a filter placed onto the backside of it. This filter that is used on the inside of this lower front bezel is not easily removable.
I would have liked AZZA to make this filter removable so that if and when it needs to be cleaned it can be done so effortlessly.
The front lower bezel is secure two ways, it uses 2 small thumbscrews and it also snaps into place. These two screws need to be removed prior to removing the lower front bezel.
After removing the 2 thumbscrews we only need to gently pull the front lower bezel off.
This is what the front lower of the Genesis 9000 chassis looks like. We can mount another PSU towards the front of this chassis, why there was a rear facing PSU plug on the backside. This front PSU mount uses multiple mounting holes for just about any PSU or configuration.
The one thing that has me confused is if we mount the PSU to the front of this chassis, the lower bezel is not blocked off. Some of the air the front PSU gets will be heated re-circulated air that came from the PSU, because of this open gap on the lower bezel. I think AZZA should have blocked off this large gap to prevent any heated re-circulated air to enter the PSU. Or we could always mount the fan on the PSU towards the chassis, still would have liked this hole blocked off.
Time for me to turn our attention to the removable 5.25” bay covers. These bay coves utilize a fine metal mesh covering with a foam filter backing that will allow better ventilation inside of the Genesis 9000 chassis, and to keep large particles from entering this chassis. Removing these covers was pretty easy; all we need to do is squeeze on the outer part of the covers and lift them out.
In order for us to remove the front upper bezel completely away from the main frame of the chassis we need to disconnect it from the upper bezels circuit board. The second molex from the left is the connector that we need to unplug.
AZZA could have placed this molex connector somewhere else, like the inside of the front upper bezel, so that we can remove the front upper bezel without having to remove the top bezel as well. This is more of a user preference, my personal preference not a major issue.
Looking at the front of the Genesis 9000 chassis without the front bezels; the lower 5 5.25” bays are where the 5 HDD carriers are located at.
So far my thoughts on the external portion of this chassis have been pleasant. I can see there could have been a couple of minor fixes that could be done on this chassis, the vents on the upper bezel and the large opening on the front part of the lower bezel. But all in all the Genesis 9000 chassis is a very nice looking and solid designed chassis. So let’s turn the page so we can move onto the internal layout of this chassis.
Genesis 9000 Interior Thoughts
Since I did the external overview of the Genesis 9000 chassis, it is time for me to turn our attention over to the internal portion of this chassis.
I have a few personal thoughts on the reversed motherboard orientation capabilities of the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis. Myself, I personally have always preferred having my motherboards in the reversed positions, because on average it has been giving me a little better cooling efficiency and heat manageability of my computer components. By having this type of motherboard configuration, it allows the hottest part of our computer component, the CPU, access to better and more airflow than having it toward the top of the chassis. Also, it places the video cards up toward the top of the chassis, which is the second hottest computer component we have. By doing this it allows the excess heat that is produced by the VGA cards to exit the chassis a lot faster. But, this is greatly determined on the type(s) of heatsinks that are being used on our VGA cards and if we are using a side panel fan. Your mileage may vary -- what works for me may not always work best for you. The Genesis 9000 full tower chassis from AZZA gives us computer users the option of either placing the motherboard in the traditional ATX layout, or we can use the reversed configuration to suit our personal needs.
I am going to start the internal overview on the right side panel. As I stated earlier AZZA does include a fan filter for the 230mm optional fan on the right side panel; unfortunately, we cannot remove it as it is glued/taped into place.
Up toward the front of the ride side panel, AZZA includes 2 120mm fans that are used as intakes. These fans also have fan filters that are glued/taped directly to the right side panel.
Again, I would have liked to have seen these fan filters (230/120mm fans) removable so that we can service them easier if and when it is required.
Every one of the 5.25” bays utilizes tool-less locks; these locks are fairly easy to operate, just push on the back side of the little switch, slide in the drive/bay device and then allow these locks to secure the drive/device into place.
The Genesis 9000 chassis gives us users the capability of having hot-swappable SATA drives. What we are looking at now is what gives us this capability. AZZA places a 4 pin molex onto each of the hot-swappable interfaces, along with a red LED that will light up once a drive is placed here, as well as a 3 pin fan header.
You can remove these from the chassis and place these on any one of the available 9 5.25” bays, or we can remove them from the chassis completely.
This is looking at the front side of the SATA hot-swappable drive interfaces.
AZZA includes a PSU power cable extension for if we wish to run the PSU up front, or if we choose to mount a single forward facing PSU.
Looking at the bottom of the interior of the Genesis 9000 chassis, AZZA includes 2 140mm intake fans.
If you wish to use a rear facing PSU with this chassis, both of these fans have to be removed. But, you can still move these fans forward if you wish to keep using them. If you choose to use 2 PSUs in this chassis you will not be able to use these fans at all.
Looking at the included rear 120mm exhaust fan.
The CPU cut out does appear to be rather small in size; we will have to look at this more closely once I get my computer components installed.
This is looking up at the top rear 230mm exhaust fan.
Here we are looking at the included top forward 230mm exhaust fan.
The Genesis 9000 chassis uses 2 video card supports. The sole purpose of these supports is that when we use large heavy video card coolers on our video cards, it will keep them from getting bent and helps relieve any stresses placed on the motherboard's VGA socket. We can remove these video card supports to make installation of our computer components easier, or not use them at all.
AZZA places large PSU wire cutouts into the motherboard tray so that we can hide our PSU wires behind the motherboard tray and still hook them up to the motherboard. Also, if we are using an EATX sized motherboard, we can move the video card supports back to clear the motherboard’s increased length.
Here is the 5.25” HDD carrier; we can mount either a 3.5/2.5” HDD/SSDs into these drive carriers.
Talk about having a lot of room inside of a chassis, this measurement from the back of the chassis to the front of the 5.25” cage is right at 15” of total length.
The Genesis 9000 chassis can mount a quad 120mm radiator up at the top of the chassis (480mm radiator). But, the rear mounting holes are directly above/below, depending on the orientation of the motherboard and the PCI expansion ports. So the thickness of the radiator is determined by the amount of room we are giving here, which is only two inches.
If you plan on using a radiator and the video card support you will also be limited by roughly 2” from the top of the support brace to the top of the chassis.
This is looking at the backside of the motherboard tray area on the Genesis 9000 chassis.
Here are the front IO motherboard headers for the Genesis 9000 chassis: we get a USB 3 motherboard header, a USB 2 motherboard header, an e-SATA to SATA cable, front audio motherboard headers, then finally a molex connector that will be needed to provide power for the included fans and LED trim lights.
Directly behind the motherboard tray is roughly 7/8” of room, which should be plenty of room to hide/route our PSU wires here.
On the left side 5.25” bay cage there is 1.5” of room here. We can mount either the optional 120mm fans on the left side panel, or route extra PSU power cables here.
The motherboard tray on the Genesis 9000 chassis is reversible, so if we want the more traditional ATX chassis layout we need to unscrew the 3 thumbscrews on the front of the motherboard and the 6 on the backside external motherboard tray.
Slide out the motherboard tray, then slide it back into the opposite side rail; then secure the motherboard back onto the main frame of the Genesis 9000 chassis.
Rounding out the Genesis 9000 internal overview, I will like to add that AZZA did a great job on ensuring that this chassis is solidly built. And, that all of the corners/edges of the chassis are rounded enough to keep us from cutting our hands, arms, and fingers as we make our way around the chassis.
Installing Hardware into the Genesis 9000
Reminder: AZZA claims that the Genesis 9000 is fully capable of handling not just one radiator, but two radiators inside of this full tower chassis. AZZA states that we can install a quad 120mm radiator up at the top of this chassis, as well as mount a second dual 120mm radiator on the bottom. I just so happen to have both of these types of radiators that I use on my primary computer. One radiator that I am using happens to be a quad 120mm (480mm) triple row, dual pass radiator from XSPC. Alongside that is a dual 120mm (240mm) single row, dual pass radiator from Swiftech.
So, let's get on with the installation and find out, shall we?
Now, before we do any radiator installation to the upper part of the Genesis 9000 chassis we need to remove the two included 230mm fans. AZZA uses small push pin types of locks; all we need to do is grab a hold of the inner pin and slide up, then remove the entire push pin out of the fan mount.
Here is the top of the Genesis 9000 chassis with both 230mm fans removed. Counting the squares, and amount of fan mounting holes (120mm fan mounting holes), we can see that this chassis is capable of handling a quad 120mm radiator. But the question is, will the Genesis 9000 chassis be able to handle one of the larger types of quad 120mm radiators, the XSPC? There is only one way to find out, and that is to check it out first hand.
And the answer is, no. Unfortunately, the quad 120mm, triple row, dual pass radiators like the XSPC I am currently using, have a typical thickness of 2.25”; the Genesis 9000 chassis can only use radiators that are only 2” thick, maximum. So basically, it can handle radiators that are single or utilize dual rows that are smaller than roughly 50mm, or 2 inches thick.
To be honest, I was not expecting the XSPC radiator I was attempting to install into the Genesis 9000 chassis to fit, anyway. That is because this is a rather large radiator type and there are only few chassis that can even mount this type of radiator.
Since the quad XSPC 120mm radiator was not going to fit, I had to go dig out my spare triple 120mm Swiftech radiator and install that radiator into the Genesis 9000 chassis. Just as I figured, the installation of this smaller radiator went without any serious problems. Now, since the radiator gets mounted on the bottom side (inside) of the Genesis 9000 chassis, I decided to use four of the smaller chassis screws to hold the radiator in place to make installation of the fans easier.
In order for us to install a PSU in the front of the chassis, and install a dual 120mm radiator to the bottom of the chassis we need to remove the 2 included bottom 140mm fans. First, the entire bottom bezel has to be removed, then locate the 4 (8 total) standard fan screws and remove them in order to remove the fans.
After removing the lower 140mm fans, I can now install the PSU and the bottom radiator. I opted to mount the PSU up front vs. to having it mounted up in the back of the chassis.
The PSU mounting holes did align right; it just required a little bit of finessing to fully secure the PSU to the chassis.
Here I am getting the dual 120mm radiator mounted on to the Genesis 9000 chassis. So far, installation is going accordingly to plan; I did not experience any major obstacles pertaining to my unique computer configuration.
Since I have gotten both of my radiators installed into the Genesis 9000 chassis, it is time for me to install the motherboard.
Now this is one area I will have to suggest that you use either spare chassis screws and thread it into each of the mounting holes, or get yourself a #6 by 32 thread tap and clean out the holes that way. AZZA did use a lot of paint on the Genesis 9000 chassis which, in turn, had paint run into each of the mounting holes making threading the required standoffs/screws a bit harder. Not a major problem but it does need to be mentioned.
Since I switched out to the smaller single row dual pass triple 120mm Swiftech radiator, I have plenty of room from the bottom of the radiator to the top of the PCI expansion ports.
I think you could get away with a dual row dual pass style of radiator, if you make sure that it is no thicker than 50mm, or 2 inches thick.
A quick look at the bottom dual 120mm radiator shows plenty of room available on all sides of this radiator.
If you plan on using a triple radiator, you will be losing the very top 5.25” bay, providing that you are using one of the smaller sized Blu RAY/DVD/CD ROM drives. If you plan on using a quad radiator, you will be losing the top two 5.25” bays, unless you get creative on your barbs and hoses.
Since most of the major items are installed in to the Genesis 9000 chassis, it is time for me to finish up the installation with my HDDs and SSD. The HDD carriers can accommodate both a 3.5” and 2.5” HDD/SSDs.
Here is the SSD fully installed into the HDD carriers. Since SSDs and 2.5” laptop drives have the same bolt configuration, I won’t need to show you the mounted 2.5” HDDs.
Here the 3.5” HDD installed into the HDD carriers.
This is how I decided to run all of my extra PSU wires into the Genesis 9000 chassis; I will have to admit that wire-management with this chassis was a pretty easy task. And, those two words just do not belong in the same sentence with each other: easy, and wire-management.
Just as I suspected, the CPU cutout is a bit on the small side. So the use of this CPU cutout will be determined by the layout of your motherboard and possibly the type of motherboard as well.
That is what I call a clean installation of my computer components.
As I mentioned previously, there are small red LEDs on the hot swappable drive interfaces; this is to inform us if there is, or is not a drive installed here.
Here is what the AZZA Genesis 9000 chassis looks like all lit up at night. Other than the blue LEDs bleeding through the bezels this is one sexy looking chassis.
AZZA Genesis 9000 Final Thoughts
The AZZA Genesis 9000 full tower chassis is an extremely large, fully capable chassis that can accommodate some of the largest computer systems out on the market with considerable ease. And then adding to this chassis the capability of being able to handle a large quad 120mm radiator without any modifications is something that only a few chassis can even claim to of even remotely possible of being able to handle. Also, the Genesis 9000 chassis is fully capable of handling an additional 120mm radiator on top of being able to handle a quad 120mm radiator, so giving us computer users the capability of being able to use 2 radiators with this chassis. AZZA gives computer users the customizing abilities of being able to set up this chassis how we want the motherboard to be used, whether we want it to be reversed or in the standard layout. We are also given the choice of where we want the PSU to be mounted to, or if we feel it is deemed to run up to 2 PSUs with our ever increasing ever power hungry computer components we can, and that just adds icing to the cake.
The Genesis 9000 full tower chassis nearly excelled in every area that I personally look at in any chassis. Those being layout, installation options (what we can and cannot use with a chassis), stability, and finally size (room) of the interior. With all the capabilities of this chassis, I can only think of 2 areas that I feel AZZA needs to improve upon with the Genesis 9000 full tower chassis. The first one being the upper bezel venting system; these vents need to be more open to allow better airflow/circulation with our upper most computer fans. And the final area I feel that needs to be improved upon is the lower bezel front opening should be blocked off, or have an option of blocking it off. So if we choose to install a front PSU here, our PSU will not be re-circulating some of the heated air it will be creating during times of heavy computer usage.
As I mentioned in the introduction of this review, the AZZA Genesis 9000 full tower chassis costs $169.99 USD with free shipping from Amazon.com. Newegg currently has the AZZA Genesis 9000, but charges $171.58 and you have to mess with a $30 rebate ($139.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate with $31.59 shipping). Considering the price, including the shear amount of options we have with this chassis, and not to forget we have the option of choosing 2 different coloring styles of this chassis, White chassis with Blue trim, or a Black chassis with Red trim, makes this chassis an extremely attractive offer for anyone needing or wanting a chassis that can go above and beyond the call of duty.
Legit Bottom Line: The AZZA Genesis 9000 full tower chassis is a fully capable chassis to fit just about any level of computer user while giving us room to grow with our computer systems.