NZXT Hades Reviewjlqrb - January 20, 2010
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Once unpacked, you can see that the Hades is a quite a unique case. It has a meshed door that covers the drive bays and extends all the way to the bottom of the front panel. This door, however, has a triangular shaped opening that is directly in front of the 200mm intake fan, which will allow air to travel freely though the front and into the case. Behind the door you will find four mesh bay cover, two fan speed controllers and a reset button. Below the fan controllers and power button is the front 200mm intake fan and is one of the fans that is controlled by the knobs above it.
Turning the case to its side you can see that NZXT has used the same styling to the side panels that they used on the Tempest EVO case, but there have been some changes made for the Hades to give it its own look. The biggest difference of course is the 200mm side intake fan. This fan brings in air though the side panel and can be controlled by one of the knobs of the fan controller on the front panel. The side intake fan has a large octagonal mesh fan filter placed over it that will prevent dust from entering the case. Another difference between the two side panels is that the outward groove on the side panel of the Hades has a small meshed vent on the front of the groove. This will allow for more airflow entering the case. Looking at the sides, you can see that both sides of the Hades match in appearance, but the panel on the opposite side does not have an intake fan. Looking at the back of the case you see a classic NZXT design. It has a bottom mounted power supply, meshed rear expansion covers, two pre-drilled water cooling holes, a 120mm rear exhaust fan and is painted solid black.
The front panel on the Hades has a opening at the bottom that when pulled outward will remove the panel giving access to front expansion bays. The cables that are attached to the front panel are pre-installed with them placed through the cable management holes in the case, which made the panel hold very tight to the chassis. So, caution should be used if you have not unwound the cables prior to taking the front panel off. Once the panel is off though, you can see the Hades case is very open and there is little in the way to block airflow. The mesh covers that are placed over the drive bays come out easily and have a thick filter in them that will collect dust and prevent it from entering the case. These filters can be removed from the cover and washed to clear them of the dust that builds up over time.
The front I/O ports on the Hades are placed at the top of the case directly behind the front panel. The ports included are two audio, two USB 2.0 and an e-SATA input. This top I/O port is held in by three screws that are found on the front of the chassis just above the top 5.25" drive bay. Once unscrewed, the I/O board slides into the case and is easily removed. Behind the ports are two top 140mm ventilation holes. NZXT has included one of the fans for this area, but that is a little disappointing as NZXT uses a unique white and black fan design, so it might look odd just shoving any old black fan in there. The ventilation area has room for either two 140mm or two 120mm fans, but if you are into water cooling, you can ditch the fans completely and place a dual radiator here instead. Turning to the bottom you can see that there is a rectangular ventilation area for the power supply that is covered by a fan filter. There are also four small padded feet that will help stabilize the case, as well as elevate it a bit, for better airflow to the power supply.