Azza, or the Borg?
Who designed their Cube better? The Borg had an impressive space ship that was easily blown up in First Contact. Azza has RGB. Clearly, the Cube 802 is the winner since RGB would likely have given the Borg victory over Starfleet. Also, the Borg is fictional, but the Cube 802 is an excellent looking case from Azza. We’ll have to see if the rest of the design lives up to the impressive looks. Let’s take a quick look at a statement from the company, then dive right in.
Jump started with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via the efforts of a highly dedicated, professional, productive and experienced workforce who shares a commitment to the long-term growth and success of the company.
AZZA is committed to a strategy developed under three core business philosophies: Innovation, Performance and Growth. The Company maintains an active product development program. It works to ensure that its technology enhances the efficiency of its products, its aesthetics graces the decor of the room, and its quality exceeds the expectation of the consumers.
Packaging and Accessories
Thankfully, the Cube 802 wasn’t packaged nearly as extensively as the Ragnarok. Azza took great measures to protect the glass panels. Ideally, the panels should probably be packed in a separate box with foam inserts. However, I feel like the case has very reasonable protection even with the panels installed during transit.
Accessories this time around are a bit sparse. As expected, a remote is included for controlling the on-board lighting effects. The manual is decent, but the bag of screws is a bit underwhelming. There is enough in there to handle the build. However, none of the screws are separated like we saw last time on the Ragnarok. Also, there isn’t nearly as many extras. The quality of the case made me feel like I would see a bit more. On the other hand, I’m not too concerned since the case has more than enough for the install process.
Cube 802 Closer Look: Exterior
As you’d expect, the Cube 802 is very cube-ish. The three glass panels add an elegant touch to the design. What’s interesting is what’s missing from the exterior of the case. There are no USB ports or audio jacks. Just a single power button at the bottom corner. It adds to the clean design of the case, but I think it would be a good idea to at least add some 3.0 ports down there. However, this case will most likely be on top of a desk. The reach to the rear ports isn’t going to be a problem.
I did notice one tiny blemish on the outside. The top glass panel has a black coating to hide the compartment for the PSU and cables. There was one spot that had some tiny smears or scratches in the finish. This could easily have been a one time deal and nothing to worry about. On the other hand, Azza would certainly not want this to happen with consistency when selling this case to consumers.
Cube 802 Closer Look: Interior
I don’t care how fancy the design is, I still want some room in that interior. The Cube 802 already looks like it’s off to a good start. For starters, I noticed that Azza left some room above and below the motherboard mounts. This is a solid indication that an ATX board will have no trouble fitting. There’s space from the front edge of the mounts and the front of the case. In the case of radiator mounting, I doubt a user would have any issues.
The back chamber is huge when compared to the typical space for managing cables. I dare say that you won’t need to “manage” them at all. Just bundle up what’s there and toss it in. The case uses typical 3-pin addressable headers for the lighting, with the open space in place of where a fourth pin would normally be. This can lead to some minor compatibility problems, but to no fault of Azza. There’s also two included RGB controllers. If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think it was just wire with a Molex connector. Those things are tiny!
As always, I started with the PSU and as expected, the unit fit inside with zero issues. The larger chamber makes everything about the PSU so much easier. I hung the cables out the back and moved on to the motherboard. None of the mounts were installed. Unfortunately, screwing them in by hand wasn’t working since the mounting holes were a tad too tight. Azza didn’t include anything to make this easier, so I had to grab an adapter from my Cooler Master screws. It’s a socket that fits the mount, with a Phillips head adapter on the end. Azza should definitely add this to the hardware bag.
Outside of that, the motherboard had plenty of room to slide in. I had to unscrew the fans on the front first, then install my radiator using longer screws after. There’s even enough room for a push/pull configuration. After that, I moved on to plugging in cables. The Cube 802 only had two slots for cable management. While this didn’t make the process difficult, it did leave some cables showing more than I would like. Some slots below the board would clean that up nicely. After that though, installing two graphics cards was slightly problematic. The cutout for the bracket wasn’t wide enough, making the slide into the PCIe slot difficult. With some finagling I figured it out. However, I worry that a longer card might not fit if the board has raised audio fascias. The square design was surprisingly spacious otherwise.
With everything installed, the case looks absolutely stunning. At one point I had to set the case on it’s back on the desk. The awkwardness of a cube sitting flat was just drab looking. The design choice Azza figured out with the stand is genius. Putting the Cube 802 at an angle looks amazing. It surprised me just how much of a difference that stand makes. The tempered glass panels look great as well in the finished looks.
The backside of the case turns out to be very clean. The I/O cutout is flush with the case, making it real easy to see the ports on the board. The power button on the bottom has a blue LED ring which I appreciated. Turning the system on and lighting it up looked awesome. I love the addition of the light bars on the corner. That and the RGB fans really stand out on this design. One thing you might notice is that I’ve added surprisingly little on the RGB effects of this case. Let’s jump over to the conclusion and find out why.
Azza included 366 different RGB modes on their controllers! How does a reviewer even cover all that? I decided in my video review to simply have the auto mode running in the background during the review. You won’t see all 366 options, but you’ll get a great idea of everything Azza has to offer here. The only issue is since there are two controllers, they can get a little out of sync from each other. Ideally, you would want to use headers on your motherboard for intricate patterns. Especially if being in sync is integral.
Overall, the Cube 802 is an excellent case. It was surprisingly easy to build in, but a few designs tweaks would really make the functionality great on this case. Pricing is still a mystery. If this case comes in at around $250 or less, I would say that’s a pretty great value. The quality and amount of RGB is pretty exceptional compared to others on the market. Without a stateside MSRP though, I can’t say officially yet. That said, Azza excels at style here and I wish we’d see more innovation like this in the hardware world.
As a result, we happily award the Azza Cube 802 Case the Hardware Hounds Great Style Award!
A huge thank you goes to Azza for the sample in this review.