NZXT Beta

Cases

Testing

Methodology

Testing cases is another one of those odd "benchmarks", as the main test of any case, is what features it has, and whether its cooling options are quiet. The features are detailed in the look at the case itself, but individual ones will be looked into during the testing to highlight any problems or particularly innovations we liked.

We also have a rather unique test termed the case "strength" test. This involves yours truly standing on said case, and checking how it reacts in terms of flexing. This test is detailed more here.

Results

Strength

Using our rudimentary strength test, the Beta holds up pretty well but there is a significant amount of give in the top panel with it being just a single sheet of metal and thus it could be described as being a little flimsy. Still, the steel construction is generally very secure and unlikely to fall into pieces at a LAN.

Cooling

Unfortunately, including just the one solitary fan is not a great move in my opinion. This way users are essentially forced to buy at least one other fan in order to properly cool there rig is a bit of a pain. Since the only fan that’s included sits in front of the hard drive slots (mounted perpendicularly), little airflow actually makes it to the main chamber at all.

Sure, many users might argue that, for the most part, the fans that come with many cases are poor quality and very noisy in the first place and so will buy better quality fans to suit their specific needs – whether that be extreme cooling or low noise outputs. However, surely enthusiasts and gamers alike should have the choice and not have to invest in fans right from the off?

Noise

With just a single fan, the noise outputs aren’t exactly very high but it’s not the quietest fan ever built. At least this way, the customer is able to select some quality fans for the case.

Cab
e Management

A number of cut-outs in the motherboard tray allow cables to be routed behind the tray so keeps things a little more organized. There are not any included cable ties and it’s not the easiest case to completely tidy away every cable but I’m not going to be too critical here.

Cost

The NZXT Beta retails at around £35-£40. It’s a very low price tag in comparison to most gaming chassis’ but still a little higher than one of the Beta’s main rivals – the Two Hundred.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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