Azza Taurus 5000B (CSAZ-5000B): a sturdy windowed case


Lets start from the front. The front panel is plastic, and the outer edges are very glossy. The upper part has a door which cover the 5.25″ positions, but unfortunately, it’s permanently fixed to open only from left side. The bottom part has a metalic mesh covering a dust filter and the two front fans. Only few pushpins hold the whole panel, but it was still not the easiest panel to remove compared to previous cases.


The button and connector panelss are located on the top front part of the case. Note the similarity of the mesh on the top of the case to the mesh on the front. Besides the power and reset buttons, there’s also a button to toggle the LEDs. You can choose from static colors, alternately-fading colors, and a strobe effect. Holding the button down turns the LEDs off. The CSAZ-5000B has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, plus the ordinary audio in&out jacks.


One notable feature are the rubber caps provided to cover the connectors. It is a handy feature as connectors located on top of the case often collect dust over time.


From the side you can clearly make out the profile of the CSAZ-5000B case. The metal part has a sharply contoured edge, and this is basically your typical base “box” (for lack of a better term). The plastic covers (front and top) are than just attached to it, giving it different shape. The optical properties of the matte metal paint and the shiny plastic are not the same and you can clearly distinguish one from another. I do not think this is particularly ideal for a strongly illuminated workspace, at least if you’re a design-oriented person. The window has kind of a brilliantly angled shape.


There are no perforations on any of the sides. The window-less side is just bare metal, nothing to see there. Both side panels come with thumbscrews so you can remove them easily with just your bare hands. I should note that I had some serious difficulty when trying to remove the right panel for the first time. I am not sure if the Linkworld’s manufacturing quality is not the best, or perhaps the case was handled roughly during transport.


The back side of the case has some honeycomb-shaped perforations for both the fan exhaust as well as next to the expansion slot brackets. I personally prefer just bare metal without any perforations around the brackets though. In this case though, even the slot covers themselves are perforated so if you are like me, you’ll want to replace them with different ones. At the top of the case you’ll notice prefabricated holes for watercooling hoses. But they are covered by some covers which look like they’re held in with spot welds. So if you want to use them you’ll have to remove these covers first (and then these holes obviously become permanent).


Shown here at bottom side are two easily removable fan filters, one for the middle bottom fan position, the other one for power supply intake.


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