NZXT M59 - 001BK Review

Compxpert - 2009-09-17 23:38:50 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: November 8, 2009
Price: $59.99

Introduction:

When looking at a case there are always a few things that are high on your list when it comes to features and how well those features play into your budget concerns. It's nice to have an unlimited budget and get the most expensive case you can find, that also has all the features you want.  But that's not the reality we all live in. Price usually sits at the top of the list when it comes to case selection because there are a finite amount of dollars left after making the hardware purchases.  After the price problem caused by the hardware choices that are made (The case is usually the afterthought)what else do you have to look at to help you make a decision? Well for me some things that matter are looks, wire management possibilities, fan capacity, as well as how many fans are included. Well, no matter what you look for in a case the NZXT M59 might just be one that offers it. It comes in at an attractive price point with rugged good looks and lists wire management as one of its key attributes. NZXT continues to bring cases to market with innovative features to fit the needs of the gamer. Let's delve a bit deeper into what the NZXT M59 has to offer.

 

Closer Look:

 

So, why in particular did I mention wire management? Well, because the M59 boasts great wire management as one of its features. The front of the box shows off the M59 which initially boasts about the ability to have 5 more fans, wire management, and its painted black interior. On the reverse side we're shown the features of the case. Both the left and right of the box have a list of features and specifications really related to the case. Both sides look the same so only one is pictured. Another thing boasted by this case is SSD support. It would seem that all case manufactures as of late are trying to provide a way for you to easily mount this new drive technology, should you use it. I of course have yet to jump on the SSD bandwagon due to its current Achilles heel, and yes, I mean price point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we have a lot of features here but let's get a closer look, shall we. Opening the box we are faced with the front of the case. The case is sandwiched between two pieces of Styrofoam and covered in a plastic bag. Once out of the styrofoam I tound the case to be covered in plastic in many locations. Particularly was one on the window and several on the front of the case. Once it's all off we get a very nice looking case.

 

 

 

So it looks nice and has quite a few features but how does it perform. Well if I were you I would read on and find out.

 

Closer Look:

So let's take an ever closer look at this case. So here I have my first ever case with a side panel window. Yet, of all of the cases I've reviewed so far only one had a window which was mesh.  This one actually has a clear acrylic window with a side fan in it. This actually surprises me. Mostly because this is marketed as a budget case. I actually have to wonder how they are making a profit with all the features that are stuffed into it. Another great feature they packed into this case honestly would have to be the ability to do a top rad mount of either two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. Of course you could also have two fans there for an air cooling setup as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not much to see on the other side but I can say I have heard cases do exist where you cannot remove the one side panel. As you can see here so far it seems that NZXT hasn't gone cheap on anything. On the back you'll notice yet another case is following the trend of having PSUs mount on the bottom of the case. You'll also see there is a rear 120mm fan also a standard on many cases. Above that fan there are two gromits for a radiator mount on the top of the case. I think it is great that a case in this price range can even support watercooling as well as this maddening number of fans.

 

 

Finally we move onto the stylish front. Again they could have made it something generic but instead made it look stylish. Also featured on the front is a bar that lights up. If you look in the upper portion above the top 5.25 bay you can see the bar wrapping around. Of course featured on the front are your typical front panel features. Also, going with new trends, NZXT added on eSATA. They also have on front panel audio and two USB ports. In the front is an accomidation for a 120mm fan, however, NZXT only provides a side 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust in the rear. If you look closely at the first picture and I do mean closely, click on the image as there is no way to tell in the thumbnail, you can see there are a total of four 5.25" drive bays. The first of which NZXT provides a drive cover for that can be removed. But it was not possible to make my drive fit flush with the rest of the exterior when setup this way.

 

 

Well for a budget case so far so good. It doesn't appear as though NZXT skimped on anything here. Lets take a closer look at the guts of this case then shall we?

Closer Look:

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.

Specifications:

 

Model

M59 Series

Case Type

Mid tower Black interior chassis

Front Panel Material

Steel

Dimensions (W x H x D)

190 x 449 x 508 mm

Cooling System

Front, 1 x 120mm

Side, 1 x 120mm LED fan@ 1200RPM, 23db/42CFM (included)

Top, 2x 140/120mm

Rear 1 x 120mm, 23db/42CFM (included)

Drive Bays

11 drive bays

4 external 5.25” drive bays

7 internal 3.5” drive bays

Material(s)

Steel Construction

Expansion Slots

7

Power Supply

500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 (optional)

Weight

6.5 KGS (W/O Power)

Motherboard Support

ATX, mATX, BABY AT

 

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All infoormation courtesy of NZXT@ http://www.nzxt.com/products/m59/

Testing:

For testing I ran it through the usual gauntlet of load and idle tests. For idle testing I simply leave the computer idle for a whole 30 min and then inspect and record temperatures using HWmonitor and RealTemp. For load tests I do the same except rather than leaving the system idle I apply load to each component. When testing on video I use Folding@Home. When testing CPU and Chipset I use blend in Prime 95. Finally for Hard Drive I use HDTune. I allow each of these to run a whole hour and then record temperatures.

 

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Comparison Cases:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So it seems the M59 came out alright. It ran through neck and neck with the competition but couldn't hold through for Chipset and HDD tests. This could be due to the lack of an included front panel fan and the lesser size of the fan on the side panel. However, in my opinion a 120mm by itself suffices in most any case.

Conclusion:

Well after this review I would have to say I'm kinda neutral on this case. It does have many great points that any one person might look into. Points such as 120mm/140mm radiator support, price, and a side panel window with LED fan. It also boasted good wire management and provides holes leading to the other side of the case. However, the one side panel does not kindly accommodate wires put behind the motherboard tray. This makes it hard to close and even causes a slight bulge on the panel so you might have to figure out some other way to run the wires behind your motherboard tray. The fact that one LED did not light up was probably a fluke defect but I thought it best mentioning that it had happened. Another negative would be the amount of space available above the motherboard, between it, and the top to accommodate fans.  Orienting the heatsink so that the fan blows up and out of the M59 could provide the room with a less robust heatsink. It seems that gaming cases are getting the insides painted more frequently and the M59 is no exception to this phenomena. This gives that added zing and keeps you from having to paint it yourself. One of the things that is really handy is that the motherboard tray has a knockout to allow you to change a bolt in heatsink or water block without pulling out the hardware. This is a nice touch and is an example of the "Built for gamers by gamers" culture at NZXT. Despite its few small quirks it does have quite a number of features for its price which on newegg seems to coincide with the model number at a nice $59.99. It proved to offer comparable performance to to the comparison cases in the testing, so maybe this case could be one for you. When you couple the rugged looks with the attractive price point you have a case that delivers on price, performance, and looks.

 

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