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NZXT Gamma Review

Compxpert    -   December 15, 2009
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Closer Look:

So it's the inside that counts, right? Well, here is the inside - as you can see it is indeed all black, inside and out. There are many holes for running wires behind the motherboard tray. This is great since it allows you to present a neat, cleanly-wired case as opposed to a messy one. There also is a motherboard tray, capable of holding a full ATX board. You don't even need to look close to notice the big gaping hole for mounting and unmounting heatsinks that use backplates. This seems to be becoming a staple in many cases that I see now.  I honestly wouldn't buy a case that didn't have one since it makes swapping out heatsinks a breeze.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have our standard seven PCI / expansion slots. Although they aren't tool-less, this isn't really a problem for me as most tool-less designs feel flimsy and don't really make your videocard, sound card, or other expansion card feel properly secured. Moving on, you'll find the case is equipped with four 5.25" bays for all your needs. We also have two 3.5" bays for what ever you need them for besides hard drives. Finally, we have some storage capability here. This case can hold up to a total of five hard drives or seven if you use the upper two bays. This is great, considering that many people these days have a lot of harddrives in their cases.  I, myself, use four bays in my main case. Finally, here I show off the front fan area where there should be a front 120mm fan to cool your hard drives, but sadly there is not one there.

 

 

 

Moving on to the area behind the motherboard tray, we can see that even this was not left untouched when the case was painted. The next picture shows the front panel cover off with its wires exposed. Here we have the Power and HDD LED cords, as well as the power and reset switch, and who could forget the USB 2.0 and HD audio connections. Lastly, we have our box of goodies that was inside the case.

 

 

 

Here we have our only included fan. Sadly, they could only include one, which is sort of a disappointment as having at least one intake and one exhaust would probably improve overall performance. But, as an economical case that comes in just under $50, additional fans would drive the cost up. As for the fan itself, you can see its manufactured by NZXT. The provided specs don't even clue you into everything about the fan - they only tell you the decibel rating and CFM output, leaving you to wonder how many RPMs the fan runs at. If you're curious, the fan runs at a pretty quiet 23dB while delivering 42CFM. Looking at the sticker on the back, a few more things are revealed. The fan is a brushless rifle bearing fan and consumes 1.92W of power.

 

 

 

Opening our box of goodies, we reveal the tool-less hard disk mounting solution which uses two brackets that you put into the holes in your hard drive and then you simply insert it into the bay. We also have our screws for motherboard and PSU, as well as fan screws, motherboard standoffs, and screws to mount devices in your 5.25" bays. The case, like many others, also came with an instruction manual so you can figure out what is what as well as have another place to look at the specifications and features of the case. Finally, we have here our finished build which went together much easier than the M59 for some reason. Also, like the M59, if you have a big heatsink like Thor's Hammer and are running it in a push pull fan configuration, you will not be able to fit another fan between the top of the case and the top of the heatsink - there is not enough space.

 

 

 

So, we learned all we could learn so far, but there is still more. Let's take a look at the Specifications and Features next.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (The Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup and Results
  6. Conclusion
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