NZXT Lexa Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

Admin - 2006-12-19 14:35:13 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: May 12, 2006
NZXT
NZXT
Price: $129
Introduction
Lexa, meaning the "Protector of Men" but in this case it stands for, " Protector of Components". The Lexa Mid Tower Case is the newest product in the NZXT Classic Series line. The Lexa's chassis is built of aluminum, while its bezel is made of plastic with an aluminum faceplate. Its modern but versatile design will easily fit in any household.

NZXT, was established in 2004, a company whose interest is built on providing every gamer with a case they can identify with. NZXT presently has two series of cases, Classic which includes the Lexa and Trinity and the Crafted, which include the Guardian, Nemesis and Nemesis Elite. NZXT also has its own line of power supplies, The Precise Series, consisting of a 550w and 650w version.

When I first saw this case in Maximum PC it sparked my interest. I knew this product would be something that I'd like to review. Thanks to NZXT, I have that opportunity so lets give it a closer look.

Closer Look
This case comes packaged in a black and white box with a picture of the case on both the front and the back. After it was delivered, I couldn't wait to see what was inside.



After opening the box I was surprised to see that the case came with a shirt, lan bag and a poster* of the case. (*Not shown)



Well enough of the goodies lets get back to the case. The case was protected by two large styrofoam inserts and was covered with plastic so it wouldn't get scratched. I was impressed with this case, it really shines. From front to back you'll have no problem seeing your reflection. Inside the case is a box with all the connectors and the cases manual.







While looking over the case I was quite impressed with the quality of the workmanship. One of my major concerns when I review a case is the way that all the doors and bezel line up; I don't like to see that there are large spaces or gaps in the workmanship. These lines were perfect, the doors and bezel line up like you would expect to see in an expensive sports car. The inside of the case is of all aluminum construction and is very spacious for being a mid tower case.
Closer Look Continued





The bezel is very easy to remove from the inside of the case. All you need to do is press in its clips and it comes right off exposing the front 120mm fan (with filter) and its circuit board. The rear of the case has a detachable cage for cable management.



The case also comes with a top blowhole containing a 80mm fan and a bottom intake vent (filtered) for increased airflow. The rear of the case also has a 120mm exhaust fan and when you add the 120mm Side fan (filtered).  This case spells cool all over it.





So far NZXT has done a great job with this Lexa case, it's stylish, it's a toolless design, it's aluminum and comes with four stock fans. This is going to be very interesting to test; so far the only aspect I haven't talked about is the cases three built in thermal probes, I feel that this aspect is better to mention during testing purposes. Specifications
MODEL LEXA SERIES
CASE TYPE MID TOWER ALUMINUM ( CHASSIS ONLY )
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL PLASTIC
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 22 0X 522 X 569 mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120 mm (included) REAR, 1 X 120 mm Blue LED Fan (included) SIDE PANEL, 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included) TOP, 1 X 80mm Fan (included)
DRIVE BAYS 11 DRIVE BAYS 4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS 2 EXTERNAL 3.5 " DRIVE BAYS 5 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Aluminum Construction
POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 5.8 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT


Installation
Installation Materials
Lets see how the motherboard and the rest of the components fit in. Since this is a screwless rail design the only parts that I had to use a screwdriver for were the motherboard and the powersupply.



The rest of the components were a snap. The screwless rails made it quite simple for me to secure the other devices. Even the rear expansion slots are of screwless design. My only problem was, you need to take off the front bezel to insert the floppy drive.





It only took me about twenty minutes to put the whole rig together, the screwless design made it simple. Wires were very easily hidden and there is plenty more room for one of the bigger K8 boards on the market today. In my old case my CPU temps ranged from 44c (Idle) to 50c with a full load, the HD temps ran somewhere in the 30's and my system temp ran about 40c. Lets see if there is a change in temps if any at all.
Testing

Luckily the case already comes with a built in LED read out and three temp probes so you can monitor your system. The results were quite impressive, load temps dropped from 44 to 50, to 31c (Idle) and 36c (Load). HD temps from the 30's to 27c and System temp from 40c to 34c.





It's remarkable what this case can do, without any heatsink modifications my temperatures dropped almost 10c in all categories. Lets give a thumb up to NZXT, this case is COOL. I must say I'm very impressed with the Lexa.

Conclusion
This is an amazing case, at first I was skeptical about it being a premod but the NZXT Lexa will rival all other top of the line cases out there. From its light aluminum chassis to its screwless rails the Lexa is a case for the beginner to the Geek. Every part spells quality and efficiency. I have used other cases, which claim to have screwless design but ended having to screw the rail holders on to the component to slide it into the rails. Another thing I couldn't get over was how quiet the case is, with three 120mm fans and an 80mm blowhole fan you would think it would sound like a jet engine. This is not the case, other cases that I have owned were so loud, I needed to shut them off at night just to sleep, the noise was outrageous. Weather this is due to the 1100-RPM low noise fans or not you cannot hear it from five feet away. Some people might be a little upset that the LED display is only for temperature display and not a fan controller but with this case the preinstalled temperature probes is all you need, the case runs cool and silent. NZXT's design team and testers must have put many hours developing this product; it is truly a Mid Tower Case that sets the bar.

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