As for the performance of the S340, of course, we stacked the odds in our favor using the Kraken X61 on the CPU, but the idle and load numbers for the video card were within a few degrees of average, and just slightly warmer than usual. Of course, as the chassis ships, there is much less airflow through the chassis, and we would advise that when buying the S340, you think about grabbing a pair of fans for the front as well, it really helped out with the thermal potential of this chassis.
As for the noise, there is very little from the stock fans at idle, and they were just audible at about three feet away. When we took our meter and held it a foot away from the top and rear, the highest reading we saw was 35dB. All of the parts sort of fall into position with this design, and the cover that hid all of the nastiness to the right of the motherboard was really cool. Overall, the design is well put together.
We really liked the mix of textures, feel, and appearance of the various sections of the S340. Outside, there is only a hint of the matte finish across the top of the chassis, while everything else is shiny and very reflective around the sides and bottom. When the chassis is open, the matte paint inside gives it almost a velvet look that you almost expect to feel fuzzy. While this is a nice aesthetic choice now, when dust builds up inside over time, it won't be as obvious as it would be if they used the shiny paint inside.
There may be some out there that would never buy a chassis without an optical drive bay, but we feel there is a huge demand for a chassis like this where looks, water cooling potential, and the room afforded only makes sense to us, and is appreciated. Those features, combined with the shelf style PSU/HDD bay cover and the wiring shield to the right of the motherboard, take what would normally be a pretty plain build, and really make for an intriguing design.
Overall, we really could find not one thing to pick on NZXT for with the S340, it is just that well thought out, gone through, and elevated as they deliver it to the customers. Considering everything you just looked at can be had for a pittance, it makes the deal all that much sweeter. Keep in mind that you do want to shop around for the best deal, and whether you like this black version we just saw, or you opt for the white exterior, you want to stay near that $69.99 MSRP.
Whether you are a gamer in search of a very cool mid-tower to save room and a bit of money with, or a system builder that wants to step up his game and company image, or if you are a higher-end-user with plans of grandeur for an AIO and a couple of GPUs, when done correctly, the NZXT S340 is more than capable of fulfilling all of those needs, and likely more.
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|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Out of the box, performance is slightly less than desired. However, for the cost involved to obtain the S340, there is money left over to step things up and take full advantage of this chassis, as NZXT intends.
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