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NZXT Khaos Full Tower Enclosure - Final Thoughts

When money's no object and you're seeking a big bold chassis, Mike discovers the NZXT Khaos to be a possible candidate.

| Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 7, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%      Manufacturer: NZXT

Final Thoughts

 

When the folks at NZXT decided to put their many talents into play and design an enclosure aimed specifically at a small market segment, they went all out. Whether you are looking for excellent cooling, plenty of space, easy access during the installation of the system, the ability to easily incorporate water cooling, or a mixture of all of this, the Khaos simply delivers. It is a well thought out design that allows for even the largest of systems. Installation is a simple matter and there are even a set of wheels on the bottom to let you move this monster around with ease.

 

It does, however, have a very large footprint, so those with limited space will want to plan accordingly. Most computer desks will not have enough room for this thing to fit under, and even those that do may be too short to allow for proper exhausting out of the top fan. Your best course of action will be having this monster either sitting beside your desk area or sitting on top of a table.

 

Innovations are plentiful as well. The dual zone compartments, the ability to utilize two power supplies, the addition of a three-fan cooling tower inside the box, all of these make for some excellent features that are hard to find in other enclosures. This is only a partial list of the goodies, but you get the gist.

 

Aesthetically, the Khaos is just different. The curved edges of the side panels makes you think that something is off, but this just gets folks looking at your system. To say that it will stand out in the crowd is an understatement. While it caught me off guard at first, I liked the overall appearance.

 

While everything so far looks great, there is one rather heavy drawback to this behemoth; price. To buy the NZXT Khaos, you can expect to shell out $400US or more. While I generally do not make an issue with regard to price, I have a bit of a hard time justifying $400 for the case unless it already comes equipped with water cooling or some alternative power system already in place. Yes, the features and build are exceptional, one of the best I have seen to date, but $400 is just too steep a price for just the box.

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