Date: June 8th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
With the door open, we can see it's unusual shape and design. The magnetic catches hold the door securely in the closed position while allowing it to be easily opened for access to the front panel. The hinges are sturdy and smooth, but the door won't stay open more than about a quarter of the available swing without propping it open in some manner. The red arrow in the above photo indicates the button used to toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit
NZXT includes a two-channel fan controller on the front panel just below the big bays. Channel one controls the front red LED 120mm fan while channel two is pre-wired to control the top and rear fans simultaneously. There's also the silver aluminum power button in this area and you can get a better look at the ventilation scheme incorporated throughout the front panel.
At the rear, we can see that the Hades mounts the PSU at the bottom of the case, a trend that is very common in enthusiast cases these days. The seven expansion bays have ventilated covers for a bi of added airflow in this area, and the vented area to the right incorporates a couple of grommeted tubing access holes for liquid cooling applications. A 120mm exhaust fan, behind a stamped grille with ample ventilation area sits beside the motherboard I/O shield opening, and thumbscrews secure both side panels to the chassis.
With the side panel off, we can get a look at the 200mm intake fan with its fantail terminating in a 3-pin connector. Even though the fan is somewhat recessed into the panel, users will need to beware of CPU coolers that are too tall, as the fan may cause interference issues. As you can see, the interior surface of the side panel has the same black finish as the case, a theme carried throughout the entire interior, as well as the rear and bottom surfaces of the chassis. Even though there's no side window to view the interior, I like this feature very much.
Inside, the Hades has some nice features as well. Up top, the user can add another 120 or 140mm fan to augment the one supplied with the case, or remove the fan and install a dual 120mm liquid cooling radiator. It looks like the radiator/fan unit may encroach into motherboard territory here, and the fans may need to be mounted outside the case. As you can see, NZXT has routed the fantails for both of these fans behind the mobo tray, a nice touch. Just below the rear exhaust fan, expansion slot covers and cards are secured with screws in the conventional manner; there are no tool-free installation aids here. Frankly, most of these mounting solutions aren't very robust, particularly for transporting a system with large heavy graphics cards, and I won't count this omission as a negative. The motherboard tray isn't removable, but there is a large opening for swapping out CPU coolers.