NZXT Beta ReviewGeekspeak411 - August 4, 2009
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Wow, the NZXT Beta sure has taken me on a wild ride. I like the looks of the Beta. There are better looking cases out there, but none for this price. Even so, the Beta is sleek and stylish. I love that NZXT has painted the interior, and the paint they used is of high quality. The meshed 5.25" drive bay covers are a nice feature and, coupled with the 1/4" foam for air filtration, really put the Beta ahead in potential. I would like to see every vendor start using these covers. Although there is only one 120mm fan included, it is of high quality and can easily compare to some of the retail fans available. It would be nice to see at least one more fan included for exhaust on the rear vent, but at such a low price, you could pick one up at any retailer or e-tailor pretty easily. The two 120mm vents on the side panel leave open a huge window of opportunity. Personally I think it would be a great spot to mount a 2x120mm radiator for watercooling using the 2 pre-drilled holes in the back.
The construction and build quality took a hit, due to the surprisingly low price of the Beta. At $50, almost everyone can afford the case, but I would definitely not recommend this case to everyone. The Beta is a very attractive option if you are looking for a good looking, well thought out case on a budget. Due to the thin steel used however, the Beta is not for someone who plans on taking their rig to multiple LAN parties, or who moves around a lot. This case is suited for those who want to use their rig in one place. It is very tinker-friendly with it's tool-less interior, but it's just not designed to be packed on a plane and shipped off.
The Beta put in a decent performance in the testing arena, and I think that if you mounted even a cheap 120mm fan to the bottom vent, the Beta should improve his overclocked CPU temp. If you are really interested in overclocking, then you will probably purchase an aftermarket heatsink for $30 - $60 aswell. I enjoyed testing the Beta and in the end, the NZXT Beta is a perfect solution for someone on a budget that values innovative design, physically and visually.
- Good cooling potential
- Intuitive tool-less interior
- 5.25" drive covers offer additional filtered airflow
- Water-cooling ready
- Build material isn't great
- Poor CPU cooling with stock fan
- PCI slot covers not tool-less
- No cable management