NZXT Hades – Externals
Externally, the Hades conforms to the all-black appearance adopted by so many mid tower chassis’. Sure, it looks good but it requires some form of visual appeal or styling to make it stand out from the multitude of black boxes already on sale.
For the Hades, and it’s the same for many NZXT enclosures, the uniqueness is provided by the front panel; for starters, it operates on a door-based system opening up to reveal the drive bays, two-speed fan controller and power and reset buttons. The meshed door is not simply rectangular though with a triangular cut-out at the bottom allowing air to be drawn in more freely by the 200mm intake fan.
The problem with so many door-based front panels is often the annoyance of having to open and close the cover every time, a USB dongle or headset needed to be plugged in. Whilst this possible issue is partly solved by placing the ports on top of the enclosure; it does still exist when turning the computer on and using the DVD drives.
The ports, on the top of the chassis, feature dual USB 2.0s, a single e-SATA and headphone and microphone jacks.
The side panels feature another 200mm fan located behind an octagonal meshed cover. A further, yet smaller, meshed vent is also present slightly further forwards coinciding with the raised ridge.
The opposite site is identical save the octagonal fan cover.
As far as the rear is concerned, it’s a fairly standard NZXT affair with the bottom-mounted power supply, seven PCI slots and 120mm exhaust fan. Two grommet-filled holes for external water-cooling facilities are also included as part of a vent adjacent to the PCI slots.