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NZXT Hades Mid Tower Chassis - Final Thoughts

I've seen quite a few submissions from NZXT, but I really think they outdid themselves this time with the Hades, Crafted Series, mid tower chassis.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 10, 2010 2:38 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: NZXT

Final Thoughts

 

NZXT seems to be just a slight edge above the rest in what is offered in economical entry to mid towers. The Hades, while using an unusual front bezel and door combination, offers quite the complete package. Direct competition for this chassis would be cases such as the Cooler Master HAF 922 and CM 690 II, as well as Lian Li and Lancool offerings. I have seen examples of all of them personally over the years, and I have to say NZXT has brought themselves into this already established competition of the others. NZXT sneaks the Hades in a bit later than the others, but in my opinion can offer you the same as some of the others, and in some features, even more than the rest.

 

From beginning to end there were no issues, cuts or bruises that came along with working inside the Hades. The chassis interior is well laid out and allows for a very "open feel" even when it is full of your components. The open design has another reason over aesthetics, and that is to allow for the best air flow possible inside this mid tower. Two 200mm fans blasting air in, and even at full speed offer little more than a hum. To remove the air, there is a combination of a 120mm on the back and the 140mm installed in the top. All of these combined offered superior flow to any of the chassis' listed above. Aside from the "make it or break it", for some buyers, front door, this chassis offers everything the others do, and all at the same price.

 

So if you could buy a chassis that is easier to work in than the HAF 922, offers better air flow than most of the cases in the price range, and is well thought out for cable management and attractive to look at, why wouldn't you? - I have seen the progression of quite a few of NZXT offerings and I have to say they hit the nail on the head with the Hades. Priced right in my opinion, you can find the Hades at Newegg for $79.99, with free shipping currently. All I can say to that is wow! This is one serious contender which falls below the price of most of the Hades main competitors.

 

Don't let the following score fool you into thinking anything derogatory; the only reason for the lower score is due to its limited current availability.

 

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