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NZXT Lexa S Review

airman    -   October 28, 2009
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Conclusion:

I like the look and the feel of this case. The small accents, like the tinted plexiglass with the beveled edges, the steel mesh drive covers and the two plastic strips on the front that glow blue, are all subtle details that make the appearance of this case superb. NZXT decided to pass on adding the tool-less features to the 5.25" bays and the PCI slots, which although surprising, is actually a nice thing to some. Most users will describe the sturdiness of the tool-less 5.25" and PCI screws as lacking. Wire management in the Lexa is somewhat of a bear, even with the added cut-outs on the motherboard tray. Nearly half of the cables hanging inside the case were from the front bezel, which led to a lot of extra cables to hide. The cut-outs on the motherboard tray were a little too small, although more room could be gained if the rubber grommets were removed. The fan controller is a nice feature, but almost doesn't need to be used with the included fans, as they are nearly silent at full speed. The case performed very well in the testing, but seemed to fall behind by a large margin in the chipset temperature test. This was most likely due to the low position of the side intake fan, which passes no air over the passive chipset cooler. If this fan were moved up by no more than one-and-a-half inches, enough air could have reached the chipset cooler to keep it cool. Aside from that one flaw, I enjoyed getting my hands on this case and seeing what NZXT had to offer in the latest of their "Crafted" series.

 

Pros:

 

  • Attractive looks
  • Great HDD and GPU cooling
  • Built-in fan controller
  • Water cooling ready
  • Wire management

 

Cons:

 

  • Airflow not perfect for X58 chipset
  • Ports for external water cooling loop too small for 1/2" tubing
  • Wire management holes are a little too small for larger cables

 

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