Date: August 24th, 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
A small cardboard carton secured into one of the HDD bays contains the installation accessories. The installation guide is a fold-out affair that is long on low-res photos and short on useful information, but will likely be good enough to get the average user through an install. NZXT includes a couple of self-adhesive cable management clips, drive rails for three 5.25-inch devices, a speaker and several bags of hardware (sorted by usage) to facilitate hardware installation.
After removing the side panel, we get a good look at the interior. As I mentioned earlier, the NZXT has opted to finish the interior in the same black finish as the outside of the case. At the top, there are two big 140mm, 9-blade exhaust fans augmented by a 120mm rear exhaust fan. The motherboard tray is not removable, but sports a large cutout to facilitate CPU cooler swaps and some grommeted cable management holes. At the top of the drive bay area, the first two big bays have tool-free mechanisms to secure ODDs, while the third bay…
…holds an adapter for a floppy drive or 2.5-inch laptop or SSD hard drive. Below this are two drive cages that will mount up to eight 3.5-inch hardies via drive rails. We'll go over this arrangement in more detail a bit later, but the cages are removable and both are cooled by a pair of 140mm intake fans at the front of the case. While this HDD cage design makes for a lot of drive space and the flow-through arrangement will promote good airflow and cooling, Getting drives in (or out) of the cages may require the user to either remove some hardware, or remove the cages.
From this angle we get a better look at the rear panel. Again, it's relatively conventional for a modern chassis with the PSU mounted at the bottom, but NZXT has spaced the power supply up a bit to minimize any airflow issues that may arise. Rubber bumpers on the floor of the case also provide support and vibration isolation for the PSU. Expansion cards are secured in the bays with screws, in the conventional manner, and there are four liquid cooling tubing access holes.