AZZA Hurrican 2000 Case
(4.5 star rating)
Building a new PC from the ground up requires a solid foundation and that means a solid case with good air-flow and plenty of space for expansion. However, you also want it to look good since you will most likely have to look at it every day for quite some time. Today we are going to take a look at the full-sized Hurricane 2000 case from AzzA and see how well it fits the bill for a modern PC foundation.
Design & Accessories
After getting the box opened and taking the contents out, the first thing you will notice is how large the case is. It is quite big and somewhat heavy - but this is sold as an ATX full-tower case so this is not exactly a surprise. The plus side to a full-tower case is space and this one houses 8 total fans and room enough inside for six internal and one external 3.5" drives. It also supports four 5.25" drives. After the size, you will notice that this is a rather nice looking case too. Lighted fans in the front access panel and on the removable side panel give the computer a modern high-tech appearance with an electric-blue glow from the inside (also available with red color fans). The case dimensions are 23.2"X10"X21.6" and it weighs in at 28.6 lbs – not exactly a lightweight. It also supports the longest video cards on the market – up to 325mm in length. The front panel at the top of the case sports USB and E-SATA ports as well as an audio output port.
As far as accessories go, it came with the standard bag of screws, standoff screws and a few plastic ties. There were no drive cables included nor was there a power cable since the case came with no power supply. The cables to the front panel are routed through the side panel of the case on the opposite side from the opening panel so they are managed fine and there is no need to tie them.
|AZZA Hurrican 2000 Box||Accessories|
Features and Specifications
- Model Name: Hurrican 2000
- Model Number: CSAZ-2000/2000R
- Type: ATX Full Tower
- Color: Black (exterior)/Black (interior)/RED(interior)
- Material: SECC Japanese Steel
- With Side Panel Window: Yes
- With Power Supply: No
- Motherboard Compatibility: E-ATX, Full ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
- External 5.25" Drive Bay: 4
- External 3.5" Drive Bay: 1
- Internal 2.5" Drive Bay: 2x 2.5"SSD, HDD Drive Bays
- Internal 3.5" Drive Bay: 6 (4x Easy Swap 3.5" Drive Bays)
- Front Ports 1x USB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, e-SATA, Audio, Mic
- 230mm Fan: Top: 2x 230mm Silent Fans (24dBA)
- Left Side: 2x 230mm Blue/Red LED Silent Fans (24dBA)
- 120mm Fan: Front: 2x120mm Blue/Red LED Silent Fans (19dBA)
- Rear: 1x120mm Fan in Rear Right Side: 1x120mm super slim fan for CPU
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 21.6" x 10" x 23.2" (549mm x 254mm x 590mm)
- Weight 28.6 lbs/13 kg
|Overhead view||Internal 3.5" drive bays|
Upon opening the case we find there is ample space for working and installing components. The supplied hardware includes more stand-off screws and screws than you will need; which is great because these little pieces can get lost very easily and it's nice to have extras on hand. Also included with the hardware is a very nice I/O panel that is shielded with foam padding making a great fit and making cables and cords fit snugly into their respective sockets without any jostling around.
Installing the motherboard and components was very easy with plenty of room for a common screw driver and some rather large hands to work without hindrances. Installing hard drives is a cinch with 4 easy-swap drive bays. You can simply turn off the PC, open the door and remove the hard drives with a release on the front. Even with the PC fully loaded with drives and peripherals, the case maintains a nice airflow and cool ambient temperature inside the case, which is due to a solid design for airflow and the four massive 230mm fans on the top and side panel. Aside from these two beauties, there are also four 120mm fans as well; two on the front panel which are responsible for keeping the hard drives nice and cool, one on the rear of the case to exhaust the hot air and one on the opposite side panel to help cool the motherboard from the back side.
|Side view with panel removed||Front panel fans|
- Operating System: Vista Home Premium x64
- Motherboard: EVGA NF68
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
- Memory: 6GB G-Skill DDR3
- CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P
- Video card: Dual PNY GeForce XLR8 9800GTX+ in SLI configuration
- Hard drives: Four (4) Hitachi 1TB SATA
- Optical drive: Blu-ray
Running the PC under full load did very little to raise the ambient internal temperature. At idle the internal temperature was a fairly constant 31° C and after about 2 hours of heavy use it was reading 36° C. This shows effective cooling throughout the entire case and as long as the fans are kept clean it should stay that way for a long time to come. This was tested with a quad-core system using dual Nvidia 9800+ GTX video cards in SLI mode which produce quite a good amount of heat. So the case was at capacity and still had remarkably good airflow.
AZZA Hurrican 2000 Case
The AZZA Hurrican 2000 really hits the mark with its outstanding performance to go along with nice styling and a reasonable pricetag. It offers LOTS of space for upgrades down the road, and has an attractive but not overly gaudy design --- which makes it is an especially nice case for a gaming PC. It comes with more fans and larger-sized fans than just about any other case we have tested. Even with all the large fans running concurrently, it remains as quiet as similar large-sized cases we have tested. With as effective as the cooling is, it could also be used for a small business server or any purpose where heavy cooling is needed. Overall, we give a high recommendation to this full-sized tower case from AZZA.
Pros: Plenty of internal space; effective cooling system; very attractive design.
Cons: Big and heavy; no included air filters for the fans.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5