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NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Mixing a bit of the Tempest 210 and the Source 210 Elite, NZXT offers a bit of a middle man with the Classic Series Source 220.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 17, 2011 3:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The Classic Series Source 220 is an all steel construction, this time painted black throughout. Externally you will find that there is a black plastic bezel on the front that is the same as the one on the Source 210, but the center has been cut out to allow for steel mesh inserts. The left side offers the mounting position for up to a 120mm fan and this panel is the same one found on the Source 210. The back offers a bottom mounted PSU and seven expansion slots with vented covers. The other side panel is flat and offers only the same black textured finish that all of the steel components are painted with.

 

Internally there is quite a bit going on. There are seven places for fans in this chassis, two of which can be 140mm while the rest are 120mm. there are two in the top, two in the front, one in the back, one in the door and one in the floor. Between all these fans you will find a rack that holds three 5.25" devices exposed through the bezel with eight spots for 3.5" drives below, both of which offer tool-free clips for these. The motherboard tray has a large access hole and is engraved with a number and letter system to aid the installation of risers for m-ATX and ATX motherboards. As you look around the tray, you will see there are plenty of options for wire management in the way of passage holes and wire tie points.

 

So what have I missed? Well, the Source 220 offers 20mm of room behind the tray for wiring; it does say coolers larger than 160mm tall won't fit and you may have issues with longer cards hitting the ends of the hard drives. Oh, the front I/O. Just like the others, the 220 offers USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 along with a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks. I guess that's about it really and I think we should move right into pricing and see where this rendition falls in the lineup of cases we have seen thus far.

 

Looking around, you won't find much information aside from a press release, news blast, or another review currently for the Source 220. That being said, as far as the shopping goes, Google came up empty. I just got these cases a couple weeks ago, so I know it is going to take some time for stock to arrive and make the listings at our favorite e-tailers. The MSRP of the Source 220 has been set at $54.99, and that is in US dollars. Considering the other offerings all built on this frame are all right in this ballpark, this is a good price point for what is offered in these cases.

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