NZXT Source 220 Case ReviewBluePanda - September 28, 2011
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NZXT comes back to us again with another “don’t break the bank” gamer case. Much like the recently released NZXT Tempest 210, the NZXT Source 220 is a smaller mid-tower with the class to spruce up your room while keeping more cash in your pocket. Its simple design allows for location in any room — no arguing with your significant other about having that gaudy yellow RAIDMAX Blade in the living room. It’s time for class, and at a price you can afford.
Some people say they can’t deal with a case this size, they say it’s too small and they don’t want to see their cables. News for you guys — this case is small but doesn’t have a big window showing all your messy wiring. If you are out to show off your wiring skills and expensive hardware, then you are probably already looking at much more expensive cases already. This case is for those of you who want a nice simple set up, something you’ll put together and not tear down until something dies or you are ready for your next upgrade. The NZXT Source 220 is perfect for family, friends, and gamers alike. I wasn’t disappointed with the NZXT Tempest 210, so I am rather curious as to how this case will compare. Let’s take a closer look at the NZXT Source 220 and find out.
The packaging for the NZXT Source 220 is your average, plain cardboard box with black printed imaging. Coming clear across the US to arrive on my door step from California to South Carolina, she’s made her trip coast to coast without a problem. It really makes you wonder how some packages show up at your door so mangled when a big box like this can travel so far with so little harm. Moving right along, the quick preview of the case on the box as always leaves you ready to tear it open. It appears to be a super sleek and understated design.
The side of the box provides the quick specs consisting of case dimensions, weight, materials, and the answer to whether or not there are enough drive bays and fan locations to support your build plans. The check box at the bottom also indicates which color has shown up — it looks like there will be an option for those of you who are both fancy and can keep a white version clean. The “Cooling” section shows high hopes with positions for seven fans 120mm or larger — it looks like we are going to have a similar take to the NZXT Tempest 210. A USB 2.0 port as well as a USB 3.0 port are promised to be ready for use on the front of the case, given that you have a board that supports both.
The small size of the box no longer scares me after getting all my components in the Tempest. I’m ready to see what this one looks like. Let’s get on to the opening part already…
Slicing the tape line open on the top of the box, I find the usual plastic-wrapped case with foam end caps — like I’ve said, no need to change something that works. The foam is completely intact promising me an unharmed case beneath it. The “bag-o-parts” seems to be tied up inside the case. It’s simple; a case in a box, how else would they get it to you?
Now that we’ve got it out of the box it’s time to see how well the box diagram represents what is inside, hopefully it is as sleek as it appears! Head on over to the next page to see what’s under that plastic and foam.