NZXT is a fairly new company that aims to provide every gamer with a case that they can identify with, according to their About Us page on their website. The first time I heard about this company was by the end of 2005 when they released the NZXT Lexa case
which David reviewed last year. The company already released some fine products but in my opinion the NZXT brand is pretty hard to remember if you've only seen it once or twice. I believe quite a few people looking for info on Google about these cases will type in slightly different letter combinations like NXZT, NXTZ, NZTX or other combinations. Anyway, the name of the company doesn't really matter so lets move on to the review of NZXT's new Zero case.
The NZXT Zero is part of the company's Crafted Series and is a full-tower aluminum case. One of the things that sets this case apart from most other cases is the huge amount of air cooling - this case comes preloaded with seven 120mm fans and one 80mm fan! This is pretty impressive as most cases only have about two or maybe three fans. But won't the almost ridiculous amount of fans make the case really loud? According to NZXT the case features quite cooling but that's something we'll obviously have to check while reviewing this case.
This is the box in which the Zero case ships. It looks pretty and inside I found the case in perfect shape. I expected the case too be quite heavy but because it's made out of aluminum it felt a lot less heavy than I expected.
Lets take a look at the features and specifications first:
Full tower Light weight Aluminum Chassis
NVIDIA 8800GTX Compatible
Quad 12cm fans optimized for SLI and Crossfire Configurations
Fully equipped Cooling system with Seven 12cm fans and 1 8cm fan
Aluminum plated front panel
See-through Smoked acrylic
Screwless installation for 5.25", 3.5" and PCI devices
Quad 12cm side fan setup
Large capacity for hard drives and drive bay devices
External Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, Mic, IEEE 1394/FIREWIRE,
Intel HD Audio Ready Headphone Jack
Case type: Full tower aluminum
Front panel materials: plastic/aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D): 210.5mm x 532mm x 520mm
- Front: 1x 120mm fan
- Rear: 2x 120mm fan
- Side panel: 4x 120mm fan
- Top: 1x 80mm fan
Expansion slots: 7
Motherboard support: ATX, micro ATX, baby AT, mini ATX
PSU: optional 500W
- 13 drive bays, screwless rail design
- 5 external 5.25"
- 2 external 3.5"
- 6 internal 3.5"
Inside the case I found a manual and a box with screws and a kit of plastic drive rails for toolless installation of hard drives and 3.5" and 5.25" devices.