NZXT Guardian 921 ReviewThe Smith - August 25, 2008
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Are you currently researching the best case that would fit with your next build? Are you wondering which features it should have? Well, what's almost certain, is that you want the best airflow possible. Manufacturers from all around the globe work to design, produce and put on the market the cases that would fit your needs. There are many coming out every month. But since a case is a very personal choice, there are a ton of different models. So, all you have to do is to pick up the right one, having previously chosen it regarding your needs.
A case that could interest you is the new Guardian 921, made by NZXT. It is a black mid-tower case having three 120mm fans. It is also equipped with three temperature probes. Temperatures are displayed on a small LCD on the front. Moreover, it has tool-free functions for both 3.5 and 5.25inch drives, and also for PCI(-E) expansion cards. So now I'm sure I convinced you that this case is worth reading more about. Just scroll down and see what it looks like.
The case is packaged in a cardboard box of its own colors, which are black and blue. A picture of its side blue LED fan occupies most of the area on the front. On the back, its features are put into evidence. Furthermore, on each side, there is a picture of the whole case, with the slogan: "Power for gamers." NZXT also wrote the specifications, in four different languages.
Like other cases, it is supported in the middle of the box by two white foam blocks that are somewhat very tight. I even broke one by pulling on it. One thing you can be sure is that the case won't move inside the box. It is also wrapped in a plastic bag. Moreover, its glossy surfaces are all protected with plastic stickers.
In a black paper envelope, you will find the motherboard standoffs, along with screws. The black plastic pieces in the same picture are the tool-free hard drive hangers. The user manual is written in four languages: English, German, French and Spanish. There is also a 3.5" bay tool-free device provided which, I don't know why, but isn't installed. The only items to help you in your cable management are a small sticky plastic square and the tie-wrap that passes into it. I could not find the utility of the small metal piece on the second picture. There is nothing said about it in the manual.
So now let's look at the case itself.