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NZXT Adamas Premium Crafted Chassis Review

Sagittaria    -   January 18, 2007


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A closer look inside.  The inside looks nice and clean and again, you can see the extreme thickness.  Much to my displeasure, I realized that the rest of the optical bay covers are just tabbed in, not as strong as the rest of the case, but will still survive a tap...unlike the top CD-ROM door. Once again, notice the cheap PCI covers. NZXT, I'm still wondering why you didn't include anything better on a beautiful $170 case like this.

Now that you know the case, let's get to business and build a computer!

Installation

Installation Setup
  • CPU: Pentium 4 Socket 478 3.4e
  • Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E Socket 478
  • RAM: Corsair Value Ram 2x512mb PC3200
  • Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 6
  • GPU: Power Color Radeon 9600pro
  • HDDs: 3xWestern Digital 80gb IDE 8mb, 2 in RAID-0
  • PSU: Generic 400watt
  • Optical: Generic 56x
The first step, of course, is to install the PSU and motherboard.
 


Nothing too hard here. The labeled motherboard tray made things a lot easier. Going back to NZXT's lack of accessories, you will need to borrow screws as there are not enough motherboard screws for a full size ATX motherboard. Note: NZXT is using a different style of stand offs (see the screw picture), that are shorter and thicker.  You will not be able to use the standard brass standoffs, unfortunately.



Now this is a new one. It seems that NZXT decided to let the 120mm fan hang out over the motherboard.  As a result, the heat sink that I have been using for the past two years did not fit for the first time in history! Why NZXT didn't let the fan sit farther back is beyond me, because I cannot see any kind of reason as to why they did this. This will definitely cause problems for enthusiasts who use oversize heat sinks like I do.



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