February 15th, 2011

NZXT Hades

NZXT Hades Review

Introduction

Recently we’ve been working our way through several of NZXT’s newest enclosures and next on the agenda is the Hades. As a manufacturer intent on producing exactly what the consumer is after, the Hades is perfectly priced at around £60 – much more affordable than many competing mid tower chassis’ on the market which often stretch past the three figure mark.

Needless to say the pricing only matters, if a case is worth buying though. Marketed as offering advanced features and flexible cooling options, the Hades looks good on paper but there’s only one way to thoroughly determine a case’s standard and that’s to get hands on.

Features

  • Expansion galore: Nine 5.25" bay setup or Five 5.25" and Four 3.5"
  • Latest Hardware Support: VGA clearance room for 300mm cards like the ATI 5970
  • CPU Heatsink clearance: 131.5mm w/ 200mm fan, 165mm w/o side fan installed. 
  • Dual 200mm intake Large air system: 200mm front fan, dual top 140mm fan, Side 200mm fan, rear 120mm exhaust. NZXT includes the chassis with all fans except for one top 140mm fan
  • Control the flow: Gaming, overclocking, or office work the dual 8W per channel fan control allows control over the dual 200mm fans that spin up to 150 CFM each
  • Monitor your system: A three C/F temperature display at front panel allows the user to see temperatures inside the chassis even with the door closed. A slant on the door allows for easier viewing from above.
  • Punched side panel: Besides aesthetics, the side mesh and extrusion allows for even greater and ease of wire management on the right side panel
  • Meshed front: 5.25" meshed bays, meshed door, and meshed bottom panel allows for air to flow into the system with ease.
  • Wire Routing: Motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing.
  • NZXT Solid State bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the backplate
  • Front mounted 2 USB, Audio, and E-SATA ports
  • Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top
  • Removable filter at the bottom PSU

Specifications

MODEL

Hades Series

CASE TYPE

Mid Tower Steel

FRONT PANEL MATERIAL

PLASTIC

DIMENSIONS (W x H x D)

200 X 430 X 501 mm / 7.87" x 16.9" x 19.7"

COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 1 X 200mm red LED (included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)
SIDE, 1 x 200mm (included)
TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (1 include 140mm)

DRIVE BAYS

9 DRIVE BAYS 
9 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS 
4 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE MOUNTS
Screwless Rail Design

MATERIAL(S)

Steel with black finish

EXPANSION SLOTS

7

POWER SUPPLY

500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )

WEIGHT

6.95 KGS (W/O Power)

MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT

MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT

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