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NZXT Hades Mid Tower Chassis

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

Inside the NZXT Hades Crafted Series Mid Tower Case




Inside the left side panel you will find this eleven blade, 200mm fan that pushes air mostly at the GPU's but will also offer air to the CPU and power management area. This fan comes with a 3-pin header from NZXT. They do however offer a 3-pin to 4-pin Molex adapter in the hardware.




During shipping the wiring and hardware is secured. The wiring it not only tied together, but looped through the wire management holes to keep the wires still. The hardware was supposed to be tied up with the white wire tie, but had broken lose during transit and was sitting free in the bottom of the bays.




All of the drive bays in the Hades are initially 5.25" bays. The top four are exposed and will allow for 5.25" devices, and they offer tool-less clips on both sides of the cage for securing. At the very bottom there is a tray that will allow for a 2.5" drive to be installed, while the 3.5" drives will need to use adapters included in the hardware.




The motherboard tray is very well labeled as to where what risers go where, depending on the type of board. There are three longer wire management holes, two up the side and one near where the power supply will be. This tray also offers a good sized opening to gain access to CPU cooler back plates. The top and rear of the case use nine blade fans, a 120mm in the back, and a 140mm up top, and both are pre wired as you will soon see.




Under the chassis you will find four rubber feet for support and a removable fan filter to keep dust and dirt out of your power supply. I mentioned only one fan was included in the top. Depending on the motherboard and cooler combination, this fan may need moved for clearance.




The wiring tied up in the middle is already pre-wired to the fan controllers on the front and has the two fans I just mention already connected. There are connections to add two additional fans to the controllers, one each. With the bump out in the door panel, you should be able to hide quite a bit back here.




There is quite a bit to cover in the chassis' front I/O wiring. Against the case rail are two 4-pin Molex connectors to power both the fan controllers and the temperature LCD display on the door. With the temp display, they need wires and sensors to get a reading. You will find three such leads here. That just leaves the more typical, USB 2.0, audio, e-SATA, and the Power, HDD LED, Reset, and Power LED connections for the motherboard.




The front bezel pulls off with a gentle tug at the bottom and exposes the 200mm fan attached. The chassis behind is open and will allow for easy installation of drives and offer an unrestricted path for the air flow. All of the I/O wiring is attached to the back of the bezel, so make sure the wires are free before you pull off the front.


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