NZXT M59 - 001BK ReviewCompxpert - November 8, 2009
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Now inside you can see for your self that they did indeed paint it all black. You'll also see there are the implements for the front panel devices and a power plug for the front Night Light. Additonally you will find different holes in the back panel for... yeah you guessed it wire management. There is also a hole behind the motherboard tray so you can remove heatsinks that do not use Intel's fancy push pin design but rather ones that implement sturdy backplates. Also note that the only other fan they provide is a 120mm white bladed fan. In the rear you will find seven available expansion slots which seem to be a standard on most cases and by standard I mean the number seven its self. I don't see many midtower cases bearing more or less than that number. Also, if you hadn't noticed already this is yet another case to follow the new trend of mounting a PSU on the bottom.
What is cool about this case is that in total you have seven 3.5" bays to work with, five of which mount sideways with tool-less hardware. Additionally, you have the ability to mount four 5.25" devices. Sadly the case its self has no tool-less solutions besides the ones that mount hard drives. If you were hoping for ones for your other things such any ODDs, or PCI slot locks you won't find them here. However I think for the price that it is quite justified.
However, our case wouldn't be complete with out all the accessories. The M59 comes with loads of screws and enough standoffs for any motherboard. Also pictured below is the mounting hardware for any SSDs you might have and your general HDD mounting hardware.
NZXT has also kindly provided you with a manual for the case and we also have a closer shot of the tool-less hardware for mounting hard drives.
Finally we have for your presentation the completed build. What I really found awesome and surprising is the LED fan on the side panel. At first I was not even aware that is was an LED fan, probably because by design it is also white like the rear fan and not clear like a lot of LED fans. Despite this, it actually looks a lot cooler and is very bright even as much as the CoolerMaster LED fan I have on Thor's Hammer. Sadly it would seem that either someone didn't wire the front LEDs properly or they were burnt out to begin with, and the front Night Light did not function for me. I highly doubt this to be a common defect and if you know anything about electronics it won't take much to get another pair of LEDs and wire them in yourself to make it work. Sadly this is the section where I add on some cons to this case. I could not vouch for whether or not the TRUE wouldn't work in this setup, but when using Thor's Hammer in a push pull fan config there would be no way to use either spot up to four fans. In which case something has to give. Also I ended up forgetting to take a behind the scenes picture of my wire management. I told you why, as you probably would've guessed by now, there is so little room behind the other side panel that it is extremely hard to get closed. In fact I had to battle with the case just to get it on. The case should be atleast 1/4 inch thicker so the wires would fit behind the panel.
Well it can't always be all great but maybe where this case loses ground it makes up for in performance. Lets check out the Specs and Feats first.