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.
The areas in which we take a detailed look at are: strength, cooling & noise, installation and pricing as we feel these are the most important factors in determining the effectiveness of a system enclosure.
On the whole, the Hades seems nice and secure without any obvious weak points that could prove to be a problem.
The four fan cooling system should prove more than adequate for most rigs, gaming setups included, with the temperature sensors relaying information to the user as to whether the fan speed should be adjusted.
The front 200mm fan ensures the hard drive area is provided with sufficient airflow with the rear fans pulling hot air out of the chassis. There’s also room for an extra 120mm fan to be fitted at the top to bolster the exhaust fans.
In terms of noise, individually the fans are pretty quiet although collectively they can get a little noisy.
Installation follows a pretty self-explanatory route with each component slotting into place and being secured via several screws save the 5.25” drives. These use the clips to simply lock into position quickly and effectively.
The pricing of most enclosures is often their limiting factor but with the NZXT Hades coming in at £60, it’s certainly in the right ballpark and much cheaper than many chassis’ on the market with similar features.