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Computex 2010 Coverage

ClayMeow    -   July 5, 2010
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NZXT

NZXT has a few cool new things in the works. The first new product I was shown by designer Johnny Hou was a case called Phantom. As you can see from the images below, the case has a very sleek design, which personally I think looks really nice. The case is aimed at enthusiasts and thus provides ample room for large video cards and heat sinks, support for dual radiators, seven hard drives, five 5.25" drives, seven PCI slots, seven fans, and eATX motherboards. The case will be available in three colors - white, black and red - and the interior color will match the exterior color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below is an image of the unique fan control system located on the top of the case, each supporting up to 20 watts. The icons below each control indicate which fans will be affected. From right to left: front, side-front, side-back, top, rear. Being an enthusiast case, NZXT definitely has cooling high on its priority list, providing support for a 14cm fan in the front, two 12cm fans on the side by the hard drive bays, a 20cm or 23cm fan on the side covering the motherboard, two 20cm fans on the top, and another 20cm fan on the back. The case will ship with the two 12cm fans on the side, one on the top, and the fan on the back.


The front door of the case is very sturdy and has a great feel to it. NZXT went the extra mile by thickening the door with a smooth rubberized material inside that really feels nice to the touch. The door is also slightly magnetized to keep it shut, and inside you'll find quick-release 5.25" mesh bay covers. On the top of the case, opposite the fan control, are an eSATA port, two USB ports, and headphone and microphone jacks, along with the power and reset buttons.


On the back of the case, toward the top, is a switch to turn on or off the LEDs on the case and fans, which is nice if you have it running in your bedroom while you're trying to sleep. In addition, there are four watercooling tube openings for those that want to have two separate circuits, and as is becoming the norm lately, the PSU is located on the bottom. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take any pictures of the inside of the case, but as mentioned above, the interior color matches the exterior color. The case also features a unique tool-less 5.25" mechanism that is very easy to use, and the hard drive cages feature trays that support 2.5" drives, providing support for SSDs. The case is expected to ship in July and retail for around $150.

NZXT also showed off an external, touch-screen fan control system. This is great for those that want a large LCD fan control system without the room in their 5.25" bays.


Another cool accessory is a LED rope. Many enthusiasts like to have the inside of their cases glow, especially those with windows. Cold cathode tubes used to be the main way to accomplish that, but because of the rigid nature of the tube, arranging them inside your case can be very tricky, often resulting in less than optimal lighting. NZXT has gotten around this by creating a braided rope with small LED bulbs interspersed throughout. This LED rope can easily be bent around any obstacles, which will make it ideal for modders.

 


Lastly, we have NZXT's new power supplies. Dubbed HALE90, all the PSUs in this line will be 80Plus Gold certified, and because NZXT doesn't like to conform to the norm, they are pearl white in color.

 




  1. Introduction & The Flight
  2. Computex Day 1 Part 1: TITAN Cooler
  3. Computex Day 1 Part 2: OCZ Technology
  4. Computex Day 1 Part 3: NZXT
  5. Computex Day 1 Part 4: ECS
  6. Computex Day 1 Part 5: ECS (Continued)
  7. Computex Day 1 Part 6: ECS (Continued)
  8. Computex Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  9. Computex Day 1 Part 8: Bigfoot Networks
  10. Computex Day 1 Part 9: Zalman
  11. Computex Day 1 Part 10: Zalman (Continued)
  12. Computex Day 1 Part 11: Enermax
  13. Computex Day 1 Part 12: Biostar
  14. Computex Day 1 Part 13: GeIL
  15. Computex Day 1 Part 14: PNY
  16. Computex Day 1 Part 15: MSi
  17. Computex Day 1 Part 16: Patriot Memory
  18. Computex Day 1 Part 17: KINGMAX Technology
  19. Computex Day 1 Part 18: COUGAR
  20. Computex Day 1 Part 19: Ozone Gaming Gear
  21. Computex Day 1 Part 20: SilverStone Technology
  22. Digital Plaza & Shilin Night Market
  23. Computex Day 2 Part 1: Antec
  24. Computex Day 2 Part 2: Antec (Continued)
  25. Computex Day 2 Part 3: Thermaltake
  26. Computex Day 2 Part 4: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake
  27. Computex Day 2 Part 5: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  28. Computex Day 2 Part 6: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  29. Computex Day 2 Part 7: QNAP Systems
  30. Computex Day 2 Part 8: ARCTIC
  31. Computex Day 2 Part 9: ARCTIC (Continued)
  32. Computex Day 2 Part 10: ARCTIC (Continued)
  33. Computex Day 2 Part 11: ARCTIC (Continued)
  34. Computex Day 2 Part 12: Lian Li
  35. Computex Day 2 Part 13: Lian Li (Continued)
  36. Computex Day 2 Part 14: TACENS
  37. Computex Day 2 Part 15: TACENS (Continued)
  38. Computex Day 2 Part 16: Aerocool
  39. Computex Day 2 Part 17: PowerColor
  40. Computex Day 2 Part 18: ADATA
  41. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 1
  42. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 2
  43. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 3
  44. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 4
  45. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 5
  46. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 1
  47. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 2
  48. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 3
  49. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 4
  50. Computex Day 5 Part 1: GIGABYTE
  51. Computex Day 5 Part 2: GIGABYTE (Continued)
  52. Computex Day 5 Part 3: ASUS
  53. Computex Day 5 Part 4: ASUS (Continued)
  54. ECS Night: Photos
  55. ECS Night: Videos
  56. Computex Booth Babes Part 1: Intro & AMD
  57. Computex Booth Babes Part 2: ADATA
  58. Computex Booth Babes Part 3: Coolmax
  59. Computex Booth Babes Part 4: Silicon Power
  60. Computex Booth Babes Part 5: Tt eSPORTS
  61. Computex Booth Babes Part 6: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  62. Computex Booth Babes Part 7: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  63. Computex Booth Babes Part 8: Apacer
  64. Computex Booth Babes Part 9: Apogee
  65. Computex Booth Babes Part 10: ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS
  66. Computex Booth Babes Part 11: Hitachi, Patriot Memory
  67. Computex Booth Babes Part 12: Global Mobile Corp.
  68. Computex Booth Babes Part 13: AVC, PQI, QNO Technology, Tyan
  69. Computex Booth Babes Part 14: NVIDIA, MSi, Ozone Gaming Gear, PNY, Corsair, THX, Mio, VMAX
  70. Computex Final Thoughts
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