NZXT Guardian 921 ReviewThe Smith -
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The Guardian 921 has a futurist shape. The part at the top with the power buttons resembles in some respects the Halo video game helmets. There is a small LCD there, which we will see later. The left side of the case, which is the one behind the motherboard, is a plain black panel. However, the other side has in the middle of the window, a 120mm blue LED intake fan.
At the back, there are seven expansion ports. There is also the exhaust 120mm fan, which does not have LEDs. One great thing is that there are two holes just at the right of the expansion ports. They have grommets that can let water tubing through. Hence, you could install an external radiator at the back. The case also rests on four ordinary rubber legs.
Here you can see it working. The three lines on the front are lit, as well as the two intake fans. However, the front intake is hidden. You can't really see its blue color, because it is behind the hard drive cage and on the front, the door also hides it. So, you can only see it when this door is open. What we can do however, is to invert the exaust and the front intake fan. This way the fan without LEDs will be hidden, and the one with LEDs will be seen at the back. You also see the small LCD displaying temperatures.
The front panel features two USB 2.0 ports, microphone in, earphone out and a E-SATA port, all located on the right side. However, the cable runnning from the E-SATA port to the motherboard is not supplied. You need to use a normal SATA cable, which you will plug on the small front panel circuit board. The power and reset buttons are located on the Halo helmet. They are simple black buttons, nothing fancy.
We will now look into more detail to its working components.