Imagine you don’t know what case this review is about. Now, I tell you I have a really high quality, solid metal super tower to review. On top of that, I mention that it has dual system capacity and great looks. You probably thought of Phanteks, or even questioned if Case Labs made a come back. I’m talking about Azza!
Azza has made some decent, cool looking, budget friendly cases. The Ragnarok 801 is a massive step up from other cases we’ve seen. It’s not just massive in quality, it’s literally MASSIVE! I have a large desk and this case makes it look small. It’s an exciting design from Azza, but we need to dig into it more to see how they did. Right after this word from their website.
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
Did I mention this case is huge? The box is whatever is bigger than ginormous. I’ve never seen more tape on a product ever in my life. That box was going to protect that case, even if the Ragnarok is a tank. To help reinforce the package, hard cardboard corners where taped to the edges. If presents were wrapped this tight, kids across the world would give up on Christmas.
Azza included a solid amount of accessories for the Ragnarok. They did an excellent job labeling the different types of screws in separate baggies. The manual is very plain on the other hand. I don’t think builders will need much help with this case, but more details on the PSU install wouldn’t hurt. Some extra cable management clips would help a lot on this case, but we’ll address that more during the build section.
Ragnarok 801 Closer Look Exterior
Azza designed an incredibly rugged case here. Even if the Ragnarok avoids being flashy, the artistic design looks great. The aluminum front plate has just enough design to break up the monotony of a plain metal case. Also, the cut out for the logo on the PSU cover looked nice to me. The front panel has some decent USB options, but no type C ports. If you look closely, you’ll catch that second power button on the side.
Tempered glass is more than just all the rage now. In fact, it pretty much seems like the norm. The three panels included here add a very nice touch of elegance to the design. Once you finish installing the bolts to the chassis, you can then mount the glass accordingly. The longer bolts are used for the side panels, and the short ones are for the top. Azza didn’t use a tool-less design, but the included hex wrench sticks nicely to the bolt. As a result, securing the glass is pretty easy. One side panel has a darker tint than the other, since it’s meant to be used to help cover the cable management on the back of the motherboard tray.
Ragnarok 801 Closer Look Interior
I completely adore cases that have tons of build room. The Ragnarok excels immensely in this arena. Even though the case is designed for a dual system, a building enthusiasts will be able to take full advantage of added space with custom cooling. The space between the top of the motherboard and the top panel is very roomy. Builders should have little problem fitting radiators there, but they also have room for radiators in the front or the bottom. There’s even ample space for the reservoir.
At the bottom above the PSU, you can clearly see the four mounts for a mini-ITX motherboard. Azza spaced that nicely from the bottom of the ATX motherboard mounts on the back tray. After that, you can see the cavernous void meant for PSUs. Even the longest of units should have no trouble fitting. Another great design process that was thought out was the PSU extension cable. This ensures that both power cables route out the back of the case. It would have looked tacky to have one power cable sticking out the front.
Build Process and Final Look
Building in this case was as easy as my closer look implied. I love being able to drop a motherboard in place with no trouble. That said, if the Ragnarok had failed in this area then there would be a serious problem in the design. My Raijintek Orcus 280 had no issues fitting in the top. I feel compelled to have Crossfire or SLI in any of my systems, which the larger case also compliments nicely. The vast majority of my build experience was as easy as pie.
That means there is one tiny step that was a bit more difficult than usual. Sliding the PSU unit into the cover wasn’t hard, but routing the cable through the slots was a bit tricky. I couldn’t find a panel to remove, so I had to pull the unit out, reach my arm in past it, and push the cables up through the slots. It wasn’t extremely difficult or anything, but worth mentioning.
Another point to consider with this case is that it has the bare minimum for cable management. Some of that is expected, since the Ragnarok aims towards builders who customize even their cables. However, I feel like Azza should have included a few more of those cable ties. with double-sided tape. As a reviewer, I switch components too much to permanently secure things down. If this was my forever case, I would want a few extra ties to really clean up my cable mess.
In the end, the Ragnarok ends up looking beautiful. I used my SilverStone lighting components to add that little extra bling to the final build. It’s time to give this case a final verdict.
I expect that a builder will have to pay a pretty penny for this case. Azza has released a lot of budget friendly cases in recent months. However, that also means that many of these case will have a quality ceiling in order to keep costs down. When it comes to quality, I don’t see the Ragnarok cutting any corners. You know how most cases have a little “wiggle” in them? Not this one! It feels like a solid brick, even when you move it. This level of quality is bound to cost a good chunk when it’s available online, even if it’s worth every penny.
Regardless, Azza has done a remarkable job. The design looks excellent. The case seems to reflect a more professional aesthetic, but in a great way. The front panel is a large part of that, but the open design and glass panels are important too. As always, large cases are incredibly functional, but Azza was careful not to miss important details that would make the build experience difficult. I use Crossfire, and I still was able to fit a third card in the second system slot with no problems. As a result, we happily award the Azza Ragnarok 801 our Great Style and Great Function Awards!
A huge thanks goes out to Azza for providing this review opportunity!