Date: February 12th, 2007
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
The left panel is dominated by a large plastic filter for the four 120mm intake fans. The holes are fairly large, so the filter shouldn't overly restrict airflow to the low-speed fans, but won't do much to stop fine dust particles either. In the final analysis, this feature is probably more cosmetic than utilitarian.
Nine screws hold the filter securely onto the panel, but you'll have to remove all of them to give the filter a thorough cleaning. While the fan array is impressive looking and should provide great cooling, I fear that noise will be an issue. We'll see how it sounds in the next section.
The bottom of the Zero has the same black finish as the rest of the exterior and sports some nice looking rubber feet with gold-colored metal trim. A filtered air intake will accept an 80mm fan, should the user wish to install one here.
Besides the customary seven expansion slots, I/O shield and PSU opening, the rear of the case features two 120mm exhaust fans. NZXT has wisely chosen to forgo any stamped mesh here in favor of full cutouts and wire guards. Not only will this minimize airflow restriction, but it looks good, too. The motherboard tray is not removable, but drives and expansion cards can be installed without the use of any tools, as we'll see later.
The Zero will hold six HDDs internally and there are two external 3.5” bays that can be used for hardies, floppies or any other 3.5” device. The bottom filter is easily removed for cleaning by depressing the center pins in the plastic fasteners.