NZXT Lexa Blackline

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Installation

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Installation started with the power supply that slipped into place behind the strengthening bar, four screws later and it was in place. Next the motherboard flew into its finally mounting space and all of the front I/O cables were connected.

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Now for the drive rails. Below are pictures of each system, and yes I managed to hunt through the archives of the 1800’s and find a 3.5” floppy disc drive. All of the drive rails simply clip in, there are no screws involved. This is good, although they have a knack of falling off while you are trying to slot them into the case which gets a little annoying, but nothing compared to having to find a screw driver when all you want to do is change a drive.

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Now I decided to move forward in technology and install my DVD drive and my 5.25” floppy disc drive, which both mounted perfectly. I can now play the originals of Monopoly and Jeopardy once again.

Moving on, the hard discs also just slide in and were soon connected up to the motherboard via SATA.

All of the fans that are included with the case use molex instead of fan headers which seems a little silly seeing as most motherboards have enough 3 pin sockets to allow several fans to be connected. Other case manufactures, such as Lian Li, provide converters from 3 pin to molex so you have the best of both worlds. Another issue with using molex is that you can’t use your motherboards built in fan speed controller to adjust the speed and noise of the fans depending on the temperature.

Once everything was in place, I put the labelled temperature diodes to their correct locations; RAM, system and CPU.

NZXT Lexa Blackline

The PCI add-in cards are easy to install too, and you have to use the NZXT mounting system. All you have to do is lift the top tab up and open it outwards. Now slot your add-in cards and slide it back to its original position. This will hold all of your cards in place with ease and takes seconds to do, and is definitely miles ahead of screws. It’s probably one of the easiest tool-less ideas I’ve used and definitely gets my thumbs up. It’ll work with dual-slot cards such as any 8800 or even a 2900XT too which is also good to see as there are some designs that simply won’t work with these type cards.

The PCI tool-less mounting system is good, but it does allow for about half a centimetre of up and down movement. This could be a problem if you have heavy graphics cards installed and the case is being bumped around in a car, but you can always use screws instead if you’re worried.

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You’ll have to plug in all the usual motherboard connectors, such as power switch, LED and the like. The power LED is the split type meaning that you’ll be able to use it on motherboards that have the pins spaced apart or next to each other. I can’t wait for the day when they standardize the layout of these pins and have one block that you connect rather than several small plugs.

The front temperature readout requires its own power source, which is fed by a pass-thru molex connector.

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Last modified: August 15, 2011

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