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NZXT Adamas Premium Crafted Chassis Review

Sagittaria    -   January 18, 2007


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Testing

Testing 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
  • OS: Windows XP SP2
Booting for the first time revealed the colors of the HDD and power lights, which are blue and green. Is it just me or did NZXT switch the colors around? Huh...



Noise

Like all previous NZXT cases, their cases use 120mm fans to keep noise down. However, the fans are spinning very slowly. You will not be able to hear anything, which is always a plus, but the slow speeds will affect cooling, and they do not move as much air as their full speed relatives. Let's see what happens when we test the temperatures.

Temperatures

For comparison, I will use my Apevia X-Dreamer II with six full speed 80mm fans, a very cheap case compared to the Adamas. I will test Idle and Load on both the CPU and Case temperatures using the onboard CPU and Motherboard Thermal probes, taking the temperatures with the Asus PC Probe.









As you can see, both are stacked up pretty evenly. If anything, the X-Dreamer II beats the Adamas...so much for cooling fins. Nonetheless, the Adamas is silent whereas the X-Dreamer II sounds like a lawn mower.



  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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