After installing the risers in the appropriate spots, I mounted the motherboard and got a shot to allow you to get perspective of the roominess inside the Zero 2. I have to assume this is where the extra inch of case comes into play.
Moving on to installing the optical drive brings us to removing the steel plates that cover and block the bays. This design allows you to stick a screwdriver in a hole and push up and it will start to bend and twist. Bend them back and forth until the two little bits of steel give way. Rinse and repeat for whatever bays you want opened.
Making sure to grab the appropriate rail for the ODD, you just press them into place. They hold really well as they are designed. In my use of them I found no need to use the supplied screws versus the pins that are already in place.
From there you just slide the rails into the grooves and keep pushing till it clicks into a locked position.
It's the same scenario with the hard drive as well. Just press the rails into place on either side.
Just as simple as installing the optical drive, pick a slot and slide in the drive till you hear a click. Releasing these drives is as simple as pushing both tabs inward and pulling the drive out.
NZXT adds a nice feature to the rear rail of the case. They have punched holes in line with the seven expansion slot screws. Another addition to add to the simplicity of the build, and I appreciated the thought. I really dislike screwing my graphics cards in with the screws going in at an angle.
I was able to install the PSU and get the wiring tidy in a very limited amount of time. You can also see that I was able to get my 9800GTX+ inside of the Zero 2. It takes a bit of finesse to get it in correctly, but it does none the less fit.
The one shortfall that I found that I feel needed addressed was the overall length of the front panel audio wire. I could make it to the correct header on my motherboard, but it looks out of place running diagonal across the board and behind my graphics card. Just two more inches of this cable would allow for a much cleaner look.
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