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Nanoxia Project S ATX HTPC Chassis Review

Nanoxia Project S ATX HTPC Chassis Review
Nanoxia takes HTPC cases to a whole new level with its Project S ATX chassis. Read on as we take a close look at this impressive design.
By: Chad Sebring | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2017 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Nanoxia

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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While classy looking HTPC cases which look superb in the living room are not exactly new to the PC market, Nanoxia has taken the idea to the next level. Their main goals here are to not only deliver a chassis that blends in with the rest of your entertainment system, but they also added things like a scratch resistant tempered glass top, incorporated options for water cooling. Nanoxia also designed the chassis to be able to be used horizontally or vertically, as well as designing the guts of the chassis to roll out of the frame to make access as easy as possible. The whole time, Nanoxia is also using a design which is solid, very user-friendly and comes with all the goodies you would expect in a high-end chassis.

 

 

While Nanoxia is better known for the Deep Silence series of cases, this is a departure from that logic of chassis design. There are design elements which will lessen the sound heard throughout the room, but they do not go as far as to add noise absorbing materials this time. Nanoxia also keeps to their high-end feel and using solid materials to comprise this chassis, which is something synonymous with the Nanoxia name thus far. Even though this chassis is a departure from what they had gotten excellent at producing, from every angle, and in every design element, you can tell much thought and time went into things. They allow for plenty of components, as well as offering modularity to allow the end-user to make this chassis suit their individual needs as well.

 

Today, we have you all here to have a look at the Project S from Nanoxia which incorporates everything we just mentioned. This chassis also comes in two flavors to help to match to your receiver, Blu-ray player, or whatever it is you keep in your entertainment cabinet or rack, by coming with either a black or silver faceplate. So if the Project S in silver, as we received it, is not your cup of tea, keep in mind the face is also offered in a textured aluminum with black anodization as well. There is a lot to cover with a design such as this, so pay attention as not to miss out on anything Nanoxia has made the Project S capable of doing. From what we have seen of this Project S, it is not only a terrific candidate for anyone looking to fit an ATX motherboard into their home theater setup, even if you are looking for a standard chassis orientation. Nanoxia delivers that option as well, so don't sell it short for being marketed as an ATX HTPC chassis, as there is much more than meets the eye.

 

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In this instance, we have the Project S – silver model of the chassis for review, which is also shown to come with the NXPSS nomenclature. While it is demonstrated that the chassis is intended for HTPC usage in a horizontal orientation, it can also be used as a midi tower ATX chassis, at least that is how Nanoxia addresses it, is in its vertical position. This chassis is designed so that there is room for either an ATX motherboard, a Micro-ATX, and is even drilled to allow standoffs to support a Mini-ITX system too. Dimensionally the Project S stands 250mm tall; it is 490mm from side to side in the HTPC orientation, and the Project S is 460mm from the front to the back. All told, empty, the Project S from Nanoxia is 11.68 kg in weight, or 25.7 pounds for those on the west side of the Atlantic. We find at the bottom of this chart, that there is steel for the chassis and major components, there is aluminum used for the face of this case, and the top of the chassis is tinted tempered glass, which allows an unfettered view inside of the Project S. At the bottom of this chart is also where you will see the 170mm of room for CPU air coolers, and that with the vast interior design this chassis delivers, you can use video cards up to 400mm in length.

 

Internally there is room for up to five 2.5" drives, three in vertical trays behind the front of the chassis, and two in a bracket found on the left side of it. The bracket found on the left side is also where the support for 3.5" drives is found, so if you do opt to use hard drives, you so lose 2.5" drive options. When it comes to cooling this chassis, there are quite a few ways to go about it. The front of the chassis has allowances for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, and full water cooling support there too, but depending on the thickness of the radiator and fan combination, it may cause a conflict with the 2.5" drive mounting. The left side of the chassis is also where the PSU goes, so there is only room for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans there, and again, if the PSU is short enough, you can also support a radiator here. The right side of the chassis is completely open to options when it comes to the three spots for fans or radiator support. The back of the chassis only allows room for a single 120mm fan, and this is where Nanoxia offers the only fan to ship with the Project S out of the box.

 

When it comes to trying to obtain the Project S on this side of the pond, we found pricing in just three locations. The English version of the Nanoxia site shows that the chassis is set with an MSRP of €249.99, which works out to slightly more than $261. The second hit we got was on eBay with a $200 price listed for a slightly used version in good shape. However, if you get on Amazon and type in the name of this Nanoxia chassis, you can find it selling there for $191.99 brand new in the box, whether you want it in black or silver, the price is the same. Initially, the pricing does seem a bit on the high side of the spectrum, but once you have a look at what Nanoxia has done with the Project S and everything that entails, it is not hard to see the value in a chassis like this.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

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