NZXT Zero Crafted Chassis Review
Reviewed by: Sagittaria
Reviewed on: December 4, 2006
IntroductionNeither flashy nor plain, the Zero weighs in with a whopping 8 fans, seven of which are 120mm! Along with its “ultimate cooling solution” it is dead quiet and is quite an eye catcher without the fancy lights and gizmos that many people hate. NZXT is a new company, established back in 2004, but since then, it has pumped out some very beautiful cases and power supplies designed for the gamer and enthusiast. The company has been rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best chassis manufacturers out there.
I was surprised upon receiving this case. I was very intrigued by the huge number of fans on the package and proceeded on to the ritualistic destroying of the box. Inside I found drive rails (just about everything is tool less): 5 sets of CD drive rails, 2 sets of floppy rails, and 5 sets of hard drive rails. Also, there were a small amount of screws and a detailed instruction manual.Not shown)
The bottom has four cylindrical feet with a bronze colored covering, a classic. Also on the bottom is a filtered 80mm fan hole without a fan, probably used to equalize pressure inside the case. The top of the case has a 80mm blowhole to expel air, a great fan setup. On the right side of the case are the front panel connectors with two USB, FireWire, microphone, and headphone jacks. The magnetic door opens to the right; this might be a turn off for some people as their computers may stand on the left rather than the right.
Closer Look Continued
Another turnoff is having the front panel connectors on the right of the case! Why NZXT? The door opens in the wrong direction for the connectors to be on that side!
Finally to the guts! The hard drive bay is turned sideways and the motherboard tray is not removable, which is not exactly needed in a full tower case and probably decreases strength.The standoff holes are marked for various size motherboards, a nice touch.There is a locking mechanism on the peripheral slots, which will be covered in depth later. The bays are magnificent in build quality with smooth rounded holes to add to its strength, very sturdy! Also seen is the detachable Molex which powers the bottom front panel light.
Closer Look ContinuedThe front panel connectors are pretty much standard. They have the usual one-piece hookups or if your motherboard/device is weird, you can also wire it up manually. There is also another connector to the audio jacks, called Intel HD Audio. It is a new standard set by none other than Intel, nothing to worry about really. The quad set of 120mm fans on the side of the case are daisy chained together and the front panel just pops off. Inside you can see the filtered 120mm intake and one of the front case lights I mentioned earlier. The back is nothing special. Unfortunately, there is no room whatsoever to hide cables.
- 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 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.