The list of likes is quite high with the Project S. We like the look of the tempered glass top of the chassis, and the aluminum face, whether black or silver, does dress up its appearance while placed in the living room. The ability of this chassis to breath on all sides, with a thick gap in the front allowing air right into the chassis, and making the dust filter here easily accessible from outside is a huge plus. The options for fans and water cooling is decent too, all of the holes are covered with magnetic dust filters, and with the dual-shell design of the Project S, none of the screws have to be seen outside of the chassis.
On the inside, the removable drive trays, whether removing the three from the front for more water cooling potential or taking them off the left side to add in more cooling, all of this is appreciated. The thought and design that goes into them show Nanoxia knows what their customers want in a chassis. The mass amount of wire tie points in a chassis where wiring can become an issue, grommets in all of the holes, wire tie strapping to aid in this endeavor, no matter how you look at this design, Nanoxia covered all of the angles and were sure to make the Project S as easy to use as possible.
We liked that they were sure to send all the hardware we could ever need, as well as giving us the option to orient this Project S in any way we see fit, but there were a couple of issues we found too. The one that caused us the most issue was the cutout for the rear I/Oi dust shield. It took quite a bit of messing about and a lot of force to get the shield into place properly, making it bow outwards from all of the pressure, but we did eventually win the battle and got it installed.
The second issue we had with this specific sample was found with the tempered glass panel. It is designed to have the four thumbscrews removed, and the panel should lift off of the chassis. We tried this and found ours was not removable easily. We ended up trying to force a TIM spreader under it, even tried a flat blade screwdriver, but the force needed, was more than we were willing to attempt, in fear of breaking it. This is only an issue when it comes to cleaning the glass potentially. Since the guts slide out of the Project S, there is not a real need for it to come off, and you can just reach inside and clean the glass once the guts are removed.
Overall, the build quality is solid, and the use of rails and rollers along with caster to make this slick design all have their merits too. Allowing a pair of the casters to lock is also a very good idea, removable bays, plenty of cooling options, dust filtering everything, and vibration resistant measures for the PSU and HDD bracket are all appreciated too. With an empty hole in the audio rack, we are pondering a new build just to have this chassis sit in our living room for a while longer.
While the $191.99 price may have seemed a bit expensive before you got to know the Project S, once we saw everything contained in this design, and knowing it is not cheap to retool a factory to price new components and designs, we feel that every penny of this asking price is justified. Nanoxia broke the trend of what we are used to seeing from them in the past and had no issues making one of the best HTPC cases we have ever seen.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Nanoxia took this HTPC chassis to a whole new level! Modularity, sleek aesthetics, orientation options, and friction defying rollers and casters all make the Project S a terrific candidate for your next case. The only major decision is whether to get it in black or silver.
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