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Nanoxia Project S ATX HTPC Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2017 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Nanoxia

Inside the Project S

 

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After removing the four thumb screws from the back outer panel, the inside frame of the Project S slides out of rails on either side via the white rollers on either side. Once the inside is free of the outer cover, it can then be rolled around and spun for access due to the use of casters found under the motherboard tray.

 

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Inside of the front of the Project S, we see a large opening for the front I/O panel wiring to pass into the chassis and be cleanly routed out of the way. There is also room for some optional fans inside of the front, and we also can see the trio of 2.5" drive mounting plates that are screwed into the motherboard tray.

 

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The way this is setup when installing fans and possibly radiators inside of the chassis, they do not mount to the exterior of the chassis, leaving all of the hardware hidden inside of the case. There is only room for 120mm cooling options here, but there is a deep offset to the top of the motherboard as well.

 

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The motherboard tray will accept ATX, Micro-ATX, and even Mini-ITX motherboards, and offers a large access hole to attach CPU air coolers with ease. There is a total of seven holes of various sizes, all of which have grommets in place, and eighteen wire tie points to be sure everything is held tightly to the back of the motherboard tray.

 

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The left side of the chassis is where there is the second location for storage drives, and is where we find the hardware box is secured for transit. This bracket will support either two 2.5" drives or a pair of 3.5" drives. If you do not wish to use it, it can be removed to allow room for additional cooling.

 

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Just behind the optional storage bracket is where the PSU will install into the Project S. There is a large cutout to allow the fan to get cool air from outside of the chassis, and we even find an isolation pad applied to keep the PSU from causing any noises to resonate through the chassis.

 

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This 3-pin powered, green-bladed fan is the only fan installed in the chassis from Nanoxia, but the lead has been sleeved to help it blend into the build. We also find flat head screws used to hold in the seven ventilated expansion slot covers, but they are large enough to support cards of any weight as well.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we see a few things worth a mention. First off, we see that two of the casters have locks on them so that the chassis will not freely roll off the table you are working on. The second thing worth a mention is that Nanoxia supplies users with five hook and loop straps to help maintain bulky groups of wires. The last thing to mention here is that you do not want anything left loose or hanging freely, as this is the bottom of the chassis, and you don't want wires getting in the way of the casters.

 

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As to what you need to connect inside of the chassis to make everything work properly, there are these black connections to be made. There is a SATA power lead for the strip of LEDs in the front bezel off to the left, a native USB 3.0 connection, and the switch and LED connections for the buttons in the middle. Near the top is the HD Audio connection, and to the right is the USB Type-3 connection which can be made on motherboards which support it.

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