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NZXT Adamas Premium Crafted Chassis Review

Sagittaria    -   January 18, 2007
Category: Cases
Price: $175 USD


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Introduction

Adamas, Greek for unconquerable or impenetrable. NZXT certainly wasn't kidding when they named the beast. This mid-tower weighs in at a hefty 20 pounds with 2-3mm thick aluminum throughout most of the case! Along with the 300lb capacity, it was also designed with cooling in mind, with its exterior and drive bays being finned, yes that's right, finned. And to top it all off, it stands tall in its all brushed aluminum with not a single flashy LED or annoying light in sight. In all probability, it's another great case from NZXT.

As far as NZXT goes, it has earned the trust of computer enthusiasts world wide with its innovative designs and top quality.  Although NZXT is a relatively new company, established back in 2004, it has since then pumped out some very beautiful cases and power supplies designed for the gamer and enthusiast. The company has been rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best chassis manufacturers out there.

Closer Look

I was pretty eager upon the receipt of this beast, but was immediately stopped when just trying to lift the thing up off my porch! This has got to be the heaviest mid-tower I ever tested here at OCC, even heavier than some full-towers! Wow!


Nothing special about the box. Looks just like any regular old box, but looks are always deceiving.


Thankfully, I was right! Oh man, the case looks great. The entire case is brushed aluminum and not a shred of paint was used anywhere on the case other than on the labels. There are four drive bays (one is a drop down CD-ROM bay) and one usable floppy bay. Also on the front-panel is the thick slightly circular fan grill, a very classic look. Neither side panel uses screws, and I know that you're thinking that they're probably flimsy, but both doors are quite solid with an extremely heavy duty locking mechanism. The handle is embedded into the panel so that there is no chance of moving it, and on the left panel are two 120mm mounts and fans. I must stress how cool the doors are. All you have to do is push it down and out pops the door. No more screws...wooohoo! Excellent craftsmanship and design on NZXT's part.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
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  4. Closer Look Continued & Installation
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  6. Specifications
  7. Testing
  8. Testing Continued & Conclusion
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