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NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case Review

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

Final Thoughts


I hope now you see why I called the Source 220 the middle man of these cases. The reality is this is a Source 210 Elite in every way, shape and form, except one. As the Tempest 210 offered a full mesh front panel, which I prefer, the Source 220 gives you the change that to me is going to make the most difference in the amount of air flow through the front of these chassis designs. Since the center of the panel is no longer just plastic, it allowed me to appreciate the odd angles and shapes going on around the mesh center. While I was a huge fan of the white version, basically because it was white, I like what this case offers a bit more, regardless of the color painted on the chassis.


These cases are designed for the beginner or those looking for a case on the cheap that offers up all the basics. That in mind, it explains why we only get two fans installed of the possible seven, but that leaves plenty of options to add LED fans or whatever you see fit. With most cases in this range, you are lucky to get much attention to things like USB 3.0 or wire management, and with NZXT they wanted to be sure to offer you a case you can learn to grow in. Even if you don't have the capabilities to use them now, with time you may want to hide the wires better, add fans, or even get a board with a native USB 3.0 connector - the Source 220 offers exactly what NZXT sold it as capable of providing its buyers.


Speaking of buying one, well, for that you must wait a little while longer, as the Source 220 has yet to make it to store shelves as I write this up. Since it is a cross between the Tempest with its mesh bezel offerings and uses the shapes and angles of the Source 210 bezel to surround it, it is priced right along with those two chassis'. NZXT has set the MSRP at $54.99. If I remember correctly that is the pricing of the Tempest 210 and the Source 210 Elite is $5 more. Really, at this point of the quartet of reviews, the choice comes down to three things. Do you need the Tray on the Tempest 210? Does your case have to be white? Do you prefer a mesh front? For me personally, I ended up liking this one the best of the three we have seen. It offers a unique shaped and aligned bezel design and still provides the full mesh front to maximize the air flow.



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