AZZA REGIS 902 SPECS
|Motherboard Form Factors Supported||ATX|
|Internal 3.5-Inch Bays||1|
|Internal 2.5-Inch Bays||2|
|Front Panel Ports||headphone, mic, RGB Button, USB 3.2 Type C, USB 3.2 (2)|
|Side Window(s)?||Yes (Tempered Glass)|
|PCI Expansion Slot Positions||10|
|120mm or 140mm Fan Positions||5|
|120mm/140mm/200mm Fans Included||1|
|Fan Controller Included?||Yes|
|Maximum GPU Length||336 mm|
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height||210 mm|
|Power Supply Form Factor Supported||ATX|
|Power Supply Mounting Location||Top|
|Internal Chassis Lighting Color||None|
|Included Fan Lighting Color||None|
|Dimensions (HWD)||24 by 19 by 21 inches|
If the market for computer cases were segmented in the same way as the market for automobiles is, then Azza’s Regis 902 chassis would be the prototype supercar that everyone oohs and aaaahs over at the auto show, even though very few people actually buy it. Azza is known for creating revolutionary and one-of-a-kind designs (the ultimate proof of this can be seen in the company’s eponymous Pyramid case), and the moniker “Regis” reflects this aspirational nature. Regis, which means “of the king” in Latin, has a highly made look and feel with tempered-glass panels, gold accents, and a stand that perks it up on one corner. No, it does not have anything to do with Mr. Philbin. In addition to that, the front panel of the chassis features a beguiling optical illusion in the form of a “infinity mirror” that may make your head spin. The fact that Azza is holding this case hostage for a royal ransom of $399.99 will prevent it from reaching a large audience. On the other hand, if you want a PC chassis that makes a bold statement and you have the space for it, you too may be the king.
Design of the Exterior: Praise Be to the Cube!
The Regis 902 has a luxurious appearance, but one of the first things that the majority of people will notice about it, when it’s not perched on one corner on its unique stand, is that it’s roughly a cube, which is a design that’s uncommon among PC chassis…
This is especially the case with respect to more substantial cases such as the Regis 902 that are compatible with ATX motherboards. The vast majority of cube or near-cube cases are typically compact enclosures designed for Mini-ITX electronics. In all honesty, the case is not a perfect cube, but it comes quite close with dimensions of 21 inches x 19 inches by 24 inches (HWD). When viewed in three dimensions, it is challenging to determine which of the sides is longer than the others.
The Regis 902 comes with a sturdy metal stand that is designed to support the case at an angle, with one corner pointing down toward the table. This was done to highlight the cubic design of the case, which was already quite prominent. Due to the way the case was designed, it does not have a genuine “bottom.” This also implies that the case, which is already quite huge, will not readily fit anywhere unless there is a significant amount of space surrounding it. It is intended to be displayed, but you will need some room dedicated to doing so.
When the stand is assembled, three of the panels will be positioned so that they face downward; these three panels all have similar designs. One of these is the “back” panel, which is analogous to the panel seen on a typical computer casing. It features extensive perforation as well as several cutouts for add-on cards and other items of this kind…
The fine mesh and solid metal plate that make up the other two bottom panels each make up approximately half of each panel. Anodized aluminum is used in place of steel for the entirety of the case’s metal construction.
The I/O panel that is considered to be located on the “front” of the case (but which, in reality, faces downward when the case is in its stand) is situated close to the edge of one of these panels. Two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Type-C port, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, and two buttons are included in its design. The power on/off switch is located on the larger and more triangular of these two buttons; the other, more discreet button controls the LEDs on the chassis.
The last three panels are all made of one piece of solid tempered glass, and they have a shine that is almost mirror-like…
…and hidden beneath the front panel is an LED lighting system called a “infinity mirror,” which produces a one-of-a-kind appearance that is simultaneously captivating and optically perplexing…
In practice, the mirror creates the impression that something else is there. On the front of the case, it appears as though the RGB lighting bands fade out into a chasm that is not actually present. This is not the case. It is fascinating while also being rather unsettling at the same time.
With the exception of the panel in the back, all of the panels may be removed with just a simple pull. They attach tightly while still being simple enough to be removed in the event that you require access to the hardware located within. Aluminum strips in a golden hue that double as the frame of the chassis can be found running around the perimeter of each of the four side panels. They provide the case with some much-needed contrast, which is otherwise predominated by gloomy tones.
Experience in Interior Design and Building Construction
Given the unconventional nature of the design, we were taken aback by the fact that the internal layout of the Regis 902 is so thoroughly thought out that it makes the construction process shockingly straightforward. The one and only catch is that you have to pay attention to the order in which you put together the components of the system. Otherwise, you could meet some preventable complications.
The process of installing the motherboard couldn’t be made much simpler. After removing the side panels and positioning the case so that the motherboard mounting tray is facing upward, you will find that there are very few difficulties left to overcome. This is about as near as you can come to constructing a motherboard on an open platform without making use of a testbed that is completely open to the air…
Because it is so easy to switch out components when the case is in this orientation, it is quite possible that PCMag will use it as a testbed the next time we have to construct a new one. Because there is nothing to get in your way other than the thin gold strips of metal, anything from motherboards to CPUs, RAM, and graphics cards is a breeze to add or remove with ease. (The enclosure supports vertical mounting of your video card and can house graphics cards that are up to 336 millimeters in length and up to three slots wide; in other words, it can house any modern graphics card.) “Any modern graphics card” will be discussed in more detail in the following sentence.
When you add a cooler to this condition, there is a noticeable change; nevertheless, it is not as significant as you might anticipate. Large CPU air coolers of up to 210 mm in height are supported by the chassis, and it provides two mounting positions for liquid-cooling radiators of either 240 mm or 280 mm in height. Just above the motherboard is where one of these mounts is located (like in most other conventional cases). If you put a cooler in this location, it will partially obstruct access to a variety of headers and connectors on the motherboard, making it more difficult to swap out the circuit board.
However, there is a better location for putting a cooler, and that location is beneath the mounting tray for the motherboard and directly behind the PCI Express slots on the motherboard. Because of the cutout in the motherboard tray, a water block’s tubing can reach the CPU socket without the bulky radiator body getting in the way. This keeps the radiator body out of the way. It’s possible that I’ve never seen a more convenient location for putting a water cooler than this one.
The single drawback of installing the water cooler in this location is that it takes up the space that would otherwise be occupied by three more add-on card mounting slot locations. This is where your graphics card would go if you wanted to install it vertically using a riser card, which is a distinct option with this glass-sided chassis. In other words, this is where your graphics card would go. However, as it is a matter of personal preference whether or not you want to vertically mount your laboriously acquired graphics card, and since having the cooler in this location is of such benefit, I decided to put the cooler in this location.
You then proceed to mount the power supply in a similarly straightforward manner directly above this. Simply flip the case over so that the motherboard is on the bottom, and you will find that it is much simpler to install both the water cooling gear and the power supply. In addition to this, the water cooler mounts are detachable, which makes installation even simpler and also enables you to remove them entirely if you decide you no longer need them. However, you will want to make sure that the water cooler is mounted properly before you attempt to put the power supply. If you have not already installed a cooler bracket, you will have a tough time doing it since the power supply will get in the way of your access to the back of the motherboard.
A Few Fissures Here and There in the Crown
However, despite the fact that this Regis seems to be an enlightened ruler thus far, 902 still has its minor quirks. The disadvantages, on the other hand, are quite minimal. It’s possible that some builders won’t even consider them problematic at all.
To begin, the Regis 902 does not come with a lot of different cooling choices aside from the mounts for liquid cooling. Only five fans may be mounted on the case due to its limited space. On the back panel of the Regis is the only other place where fans may be mounted; this is in addition to the fan brackets that were discussed earlier and that have the capacity to support water coolers. It is possible to add a 140mm fan in this location, and the case itself includes one, but it appears like Azza cut corners in that regard. The fan that is provided is a simple 140mm fan that does not have any LED bling or any other type of flare. Even PWM, which is commonly used to control the speed of a fan, is not supported by it. A fan of this drowsy appearance is an unfortunate pairing with such an eye-catching casing.
You will need to add fans to one of the 240mm or 280mm brackets if you want to increase the amount of case through-cooling that is provided. In addition, if you are going to use a water cooler, the only fan mounts that will work for that purpose will be the ones that are located on the top of the motherboard. When you use those, it will make it more difficult to access the fan headers that are placed here, and it will also make replacing the board more difficult.
In addition, Azza installs a fan controller into the case, which can be seen in the image below. However, because there are so few places where fans can be mounted, it is not really useful and probably added some percentage to the price. It is possible that airflow and heating will not be an issue depending on the hardware that you employ; nevertheless, your options for increasing the airflow are quite constrained at this point.
The case does not come with very many different storage options, which is disappointing. The bays that you do obtain are not conveniently located or simple to enter. The Regis includes one mount for a hard drive with a 3.5-inch diameter and two mounts for hard drives with a 2.5-inch diameter. These mounts are mounted behind the front panel and over the motherboard, respectively. The mounting plates may be removed quickly and easily thanks to a sliding lock mechanism, however these mounts are little more than basic brackets, and you will need screws in order to attach any drives to them. Because of their location, the disks and any cords that are inserted into them are much easier to see than they are in the majority of other cases.
In a manner analogous to that of the cooling problem, the significance of this matter will entirely depend on what it is that you intend to perform with your system. Constructing personal computers with no 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives at all is becoming an increasingly prevalent practice. It does not make a difference if you are only utilizing an M.2 SSD or SSDs as your primary storage device and boot drive, though. Even if you intend to add a 3.5-inch drive in addition to the two 2.5-inch drives, this should not be a significant obstacle for you. I simply bring it up because I think it’s something that could use some work.
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|Customer Rating||5.0 out of 5||4.2 out of 5||4.4 out of 5||4.5 out of 5 stars (2)||4.4 out of 5||4.7 out of 5|
|Item Dimensions||24.02 x 18.94 x 20.83 inches||27.2 x 23.6 x 23.6 inches||20.2 x 19.7 x 23.3 inches||12.6 x 12.6 x 34151040 inches||12 x 18 x 14 inches||27.2 x 23.6 x 23.6 inches|
|Item Weight||27.60 lbs||31.09 lbs||30.20 lbs||24.00 lbs||14.00 lbs||40.80 lbs|
Unus Rex ut Praeesset Omnia
The translation, if I may make a reference to The Lord of the Rings? “There Can Be Only One King,” the saying goes. Although our knowledge of Latin is shaky and rusty, the engineers at Azza certainly are not.
The Regis 902 is a one-of-a-kind case that is ideal for any anyone who aspires to be a gaming king or queen due to its exceptional build quality and well-thought-out design. This chassis is more of a showpiece than one that is designed for airflow, and the price tag reflects that. However, this does not prevent it from being a top choice for PC builders who are searching for an innovative and cutting-edge ATX chassis that is unlike any other. Are you looking for a case that will grab people’s attention while also being easy to construct in? If the price of $399.99 is not enough to dissuade you and you have the room, then you should go for it and take the crown.