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NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case Review

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





Welcome to number three of the quartet of NZXT cases to grace us over the past couple weeks. With the diplomatic choice to look at them by ascending call numbers, we have now passed the 210's. With that pair of cases, the Tempest 210 and Source 210 Elite, they both shared the same frame, functionality and basic ideas. Where the cases differ is in the left side panel and the design and aesthetics of the front bezels.


To make it very simple, the Tempest 210 has a utility tray at the top, the largest side panel vent so far and the majority of the bezel is mesh to allow for much better airflow. The Source 210 Elite comes in white or black, has odd angles applied to the front bezel which is a flat plastic covering the front with slits in the sides to allow for airflow. Pretty much everything else about the cases is exactly the same up to this point.


Here is where the new arrival steps in. Moving up the numbers, we have now arrived in the 220's and this chassis stems from the Classis Series and is billed as a Source case. At first glance I can see that again the majority of the chassis design is again the same, but there is a combination of things going on in the front bezel. NZXT has taken the Source 210 Elite bezel and added a full covering of mesh instead of blocking air with the plastic as the Elite did. So basically, if you liked the Source 210 Elite, but want a mesh front to allow your best chances of keeping the interior as cool as possible, this very well may be the solution for you.


Doing three reviews of what is sinking in to be a bunch of rinse and repeat specifications and interesting things to point out, I did at least try to change things up during the process to try and show off things like what an m-ATX system looks like versus a full tower system with these cases. Since the guts are all the same, it gives me the opportunity to give wire management yet another go around in these cases and actually has given me a good look at the amount of quality control that NZXT cases are getting. On that note, I have to say, these three cases have been identical in parts, shape, structure; everything has been on point with all of these economically friendly solutions. Keeping the QC on point for the third time, I now bring you the Classic Series Source 220 from NZXT!

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