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NZXT Apollo Case Review

Former staff writer    -   July 18, 2006


Testing
Test Setup
  • AMD 3700+ (SI-120 Cooling)
  • DFI SLI-DR
  • 2x1Gb Mushkin Redline
  • 2x250Gb Seagate HDD's
  • BFG 6600 GT
  • Enermax 600 Watt Noisetaker
  • Plextor 716A DVD Burner'


In testing this case, I will gather the temps, as well as submit my desk to a variety of bumps and jiggles. After moving my computer from the Antec Sonata 2 into this case, I was amazed at how much space there actually was in this thing. It also could be due to the fact that I was used to my mid tower chassis, not a larger case such as the Apollo. The idle temperature in this case was within 2�C of the Sonata (could be due to ambient) but the Load temps did drop the CPU from 38�C down to 35�C, as well as a nice drop on the chipset from 48�C down to 44�C. I think that this is because of the cleverly placed 120mm side panel fan that comes with this case (which is also a nice Teal color). When looking at a case, I also like to judge how stable it is. To test this, I set the computer on top of my desk, and make a series of bumps, joshes, and jiggles against my desk. And for being a larger tower, this case is remarkably stable. No matter how hard I banged against this desk, I could not get the case to rock, or even move much for that matter.

Conclusion
Bringing some new ideas, as well as looks, to the playing field, NZXT has hit the nail on the head with this new Apollo. This case comes packed with stunning looks, killer cooling, and peace of mind. Coupling the near tool less design with the cooling capacity of a monster, makes for a killer combination. If you are looking for a case that is quick and easy to setup, and provides great cooling, then the NZXT Apollo is definitely the case for you. Providing the perfect merging of style and performance that we are all looking for in a case, this Apollo covers all angles.

Pros

  • Tool less
  • 120mm fans
  • Heavier case (stable)
  • Front Door
  • 120mm Side Panel Fan
Cons
  • Front door magnet is weak
  • Dust 'sticks' to window
  • Audio Module would not clear (required modification)



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look
  3. Installation & Specifications
  4. Testing & Conclusion
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