Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed

Building With The Azza Fusion 4000

The Fusion 4000 installation kit includes case feet, individually labeled mounting screws, cable ties, full-sized (PS/2 form factor) power supply and fan adapters to replace the upper-system’s mini-ITX back panel, and a power switch adapter for the second power supply.

We should mention that two power supplies should never be connected to the same circuit, since slightly different voltage levels can potentially cause voltage regulator malfunction.

Top and bottom 3.5” bays use the same style trays, with both 3.5” and 2.5” mounting holes located to properly align either drive type with the Fusion 4000’s included 3.5” backplanes.

The Fusion 4000’s four-drive 2.5” backplane uses clamshell-style plastic trays that we’re fairly sure are designed exclusively for SSDs. While 2.5” hard drives may fit, plastic is a poor conductor of heat, and 2.5" disks tend to get pretty hot.

We connected a single drive bay for our one test drive and placed our optical drive in the lower portion’s top bay. Our nine-slot motherboard filled the appropriate area using traditional screws and standoffs, with the lowest installed graphics card hanging one space past the bottom of the motherboard to fill the case’s tenth slot.

Installed cards are held in place through a traditional screw-in installation, as is the power supply. Spare cable length is hidden behind the motherboard tray.

Though the Fusion 4000 also supports a mini-ITX system in its top portion, we're leaving that space empty for our evaluation. This allows us to compare the thermal and acoustic performance of the Fusion 4000 to cases that lack its ability to host a second machine.

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  • tarekwm
    4 way sli is too damn excessive! but anyway nice builds
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  • metallifux
    The enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
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  • de5_Roy
    damn those cases look huge, in a good way.
    i am pretty sure i could live in the top apartment compartment of the azza case. it has in built cooling, water supply if one is using water cooling, a bottom grill window and so on. ;D
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  • joytech22
    I just wish I could find the Azza Fusion 4000. >:\

    I could really take advantage of the dual mobo feature.
    Just stick a i5-i7 Mini-ITX system in the top for thin clients, servers for gaming at lans etc..

    Then use the more powerful bottom system with a KVM switch and use whichever you want for whatever task you intend to perform. :)

    That's what I would do anyway.. I might get thumbed down but that's my use.
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  • pro-gamer
    wow!!! azza 4000 is best solution for four way sli/cfx
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  • ksampanna
    I know it's not a cpu/graphic card review, but come on ... 980X & 4 580s beg for performance numbers
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  • Dacatak
    I would also love to see some benchmarks for those four 580s.
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  • DRosencraft
    Does anyone actually know a place in the US you can get the Azza? I can't seem to find one.
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  • buzznut
    I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.
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  • Anonymous
    The toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?
    Spaniard
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  • metallifux
    148803 said:
    I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.


    carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18722
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  • Crashman
    metallifuxThe enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
    Only the looks
    metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722
    Great, I'd love to see you put two power supplies and a 9-10 slot configuration in the 8-slot single PSU case!
    SpanihardThe toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?Spaniard
    If you'd actually READ any of the previous Tom's Hardware case roundups, you'd know that your suggestion is a rather old idea.
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  • darkstar845
    Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?
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  • joytech22
    darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?


    I'm pretty sure it would.
    They would draw maybe 200-250W each?
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  • blibba
    Can we get some full load temps on the quad SLI?
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  • CaedenV
    darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?

    200W for CPU, mobo, ram, HDD and fans, which should be enough for a good build, but not enough for a large RAID array or anything

    Rally Toms? No performance charts for Quad SLI? And what about running Quad SLI on a new SB-E with all of those beautiful PCIe Lanes to spare! Nothing would make my day quite like seeing how sadly my single 570 stacks up to 4X580 lol.

    Also, as I said in the initial case review; those are all beautiful cases except for the Thermaltake... just what where they thinking?
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  • CaedenV
    LOL, I guess I should not have used the less than and more than signs in my post above! I meant to say that the 580's take a little less than 250W, meaning you have roughly 1000W for graphics, leaving 200W for the rest of the system
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  • lockhrt999
    metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722


    I was going to say the same thing.
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  • spookyman
    Why would I spend $1000 for an old processor?

    How about seeing the Sandy Bridge-E setup? That would seem more appropriate for a modern quad sli set up.
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  • upgrade_1977
    Bought the 10-slot Armor+ last year & been loving it ever since. Best case I ever had. I want to get another one for my next build.

    PROS: Things I do love about this case:
    1. It's built solid
    2. Plenty of room, easy to build in (it's huge!!)
    3. Love how the door open's, so easy, works flawless
    4. wanted 10 slot case for future upgrades
    5. vents in the front keep out the dust very well, and easy to clean
    6. PSU support bar so PSU doesn't flex your case (not that it would, thick metal)
    7. plenty of storage (drawer on top, and in front, + I added one)
    8. Love the usb ports, power (reset is too small) on top, perfect place, easy to access.
    9. ect. ect. ect.

    CONS: There are a few things about it that I don't like:
    1. The side window, I prefer a plain window so I can see inside.
    2. Don't like the card latches, pulled mine off.
    3. Wish there were more holes in the m.b. tray for cpu backplate and wire routing.
    4. Would have been nice to have Watercooling slots near the bottom (i drilled mine)

    But these are only negatives for me, other people might like these features.

    Again, this is the best case i've ever had. And I am planning on getting another one. My next build I am gonna take my time building, and I'm planning on modding the crap out of this case. Just waiting till tax time to roll around again. Anyways, anyone interested here is a video of my system and my gaming room. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfs97z5zOk
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