NOX Coolbay HX

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Coolbay HX – Externals

Inside the box, the case is kept very safe and secure by two Styrofoam protectors at either end, there is no wobble at all.

The enclosure is completely black with a ridged top that acts as an airflow vent, but looking vertically downwards hides the 200mm fan lurking beneath it which is marketed as silent – we’ll find out later whether this is actually true. The ports are located on the top allowing the front panel to simply host the 5.25” drives and act as a vent to encourage through flow. The ports situated on top include:

  • Power button
  • Reset button
  • 1 x eSATA
  • 3 x 2.0 USB
  • Microphone Jack
  • Headphone Jack


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The front as I mentioned is constructed of a mesh that allows airflow with a series of removable drive bays that can be taken out in order to fit the desired amount of 5.25” drives. Asides from this, the only other thing is a small Nox logo in the middle.


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On one side, the case has a 200mm blue LED fan with a plastic panel in the shape of half an octagon that fits around it. This is attached to the side panel by a series of screws and allows the user to view their ‘tech porn’ without having to remove the whole side panel. The blue LEDs also glow upon power-up, but more on this later.


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The combination of the fan, with the mesh cover, and the plastic panels certainly looks very professional and is well put together giving the Coolbay HX a sense of quality – definately a triumph in the aesthetics department.


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In contrast, the other side panel is plain black with the only feature a small handle to aid opening. Although to be honest, not much can be done with the second side as it is where the motherboard is attached to and therefore there isn’t any room to add any fans or plastic panels; even if there was they would be pointless as all you would get is the sight of the back of your motherboard.


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The back has yet another 120mm system fan which has a small switch above it allowing three settings for the fan – low, medium or high. This is nice to see as it gives more user versatility in choosing their own cooling to noise ratio.

Also, on the back panel are the expected PCI brackets and motherboard ports slot. Finally, there is just room for a bottom mounted PSU. Again, most of the back is comprised of metal mesh so as to let hot air escape.


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Finally, the bottom of the chassis has four rubber feet that prevent the enclosure from sliding or moving. These also ensure that any bottom-mounted fans aren’t blowing directly on the floor.


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Last modified: August 17, 2011

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