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NZXT Zero Crafted Chassis Review

Sagittaria    -   December 4, 2006


Installation

Installation Setup

  • P4 2.0A Socket 478 400mhz FSB
  • Foxconn 655A01 Socket 478
  • 2x512mb Kingston Value PC2100
  • ATI Radeon 9600pro 256mb
  • 1xNEC 3550A
  • 1xSamsung/Toshiba TS-H492A
  • Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
  • WD 160gb 8mb IDE
  • Ultra X-Connect 500w
  • Generic USB PCI
The manual recommends that you use gloves…yeah right; everything is rounded with absolutely no sharp edges to be seen. I screwed the standoffs on very easily due to the marked holes; however, I noticed that there are only just enough standoffs for a full sized ATX motherboard. It would have been nice to include some extras. I slapped the motherboard on and proceeded to installing the power supply, only to be immediately stopped because of the top fan.In order to install the PSU, you will need to remove the fan, and if your PSU is too long (17cm), you can kiss that top fan good bye. The drive rails are pretty much standard, they are clearly marked and have silver pins. Just pop the rails on – no screwing needed – and slide the drives in. Floppy first with the front panel off, then the optical drives with the front panel on. Not much to it.

  

The hard drive came next. Once again, pop the drive rail on, slide it in and there you go.In my opinion, the hard drive is way too close to the side panel. As you can see, the Molex connector is only about a half an inch away. I was unable to use my X-Connect cables due to this spacing issue.


  
Installing the peripheral cards is just as easy, once you get the hang of it that is. There is a swinging lock that you first push in via the black handle, and then out. Then you push your card in, and well, push the lock back in and there you are, a very solid feel. Although, if you don’t like it, you can still screw the card in manually…using your own screws since NZXT didn’t want to include very many screws.



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  4. Installation
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  6. Specifications & Testing
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  8. Conclusion
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