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NZXT Lexa Blackline Case Review

nismozcar    -   October 16, 2007
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Conclusion:

The NZXT Lexa Blackline touts that it provides maximum cooling and perfect symmetry. One of those statements happens to be true. The case is beautiful, sleek and very symmetrical. But it falls short of maximum cooling; providing what I would classify as excellent cooling. I did, however, stack the deck against it. The Smilodon has been outfitted with Zalman fans in place of the stock fans, and it has a more direct flow of air through itself.   The wider chassis of the Lexa gives it more potential for cooling efficiency with the proper fans. Given that opportunity, I am positve that gap would increase. Although this time in favor of the Blackline.

So, the final question is how does this case stack up to the competition, or its older brother? Pretty well. Unique styling and innovative design are couple aspects that set it apart from the rest. The pre-drilled holes for water cooling and the rear cage for cable management are excellent additions to great list of features. The time and effort that screwless brackets provide is priceless, and having dust filters eliminates a future hassel. The finish, temperature LCD and aesthetics of the case overall make this one great package. Although, this case is far from flawless. The plastic used throughout the case seemed thin and cheap. The cables for the front panel were a couple of inches short, causing a PCI port to be obstructed. The inclusion of low RPM fans with this setup decreased the efficiency, and the interference with the PSU is unfortunate. Including temperature sensors is a plus, but they don't perform accurately, and installation of the probes is missing from the manual. After all the positives and negatives,  you are still left with a great case. NZXT has engineered another winner, and with a few minor adjustments on your part, it could be a monster of case.

 

Pros:

  • Glossy finish
  • Pre-drilled for water cooling
  • Screwless brackets
  • Temperature LCD w/ probes
  • GTX compatible
  • Dust filters
  • Front panel audio HD or AC’97
  • Low RPM fans (Noise)

 

Cons:

  • Thin plastic
  • Low RPM fans (performance)
  • Incomplete manual
  • Inaccurate sensors
  • Interference with PSU (top fan)
  • Short peripheral cables

 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Closer Look (Working Components)
  5. Installation
  6. Installation: Continued
  7. Installation Continued
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing
  10. Conclusion
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