NZXT Zero 2 ReviewRHKCommander959 - December 29, 2008
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Inside, the case is unpainted. A minor inconvenience, but since there is no window it’s even less to worry about. There are plenty of options for moderate wire management through holes and along the support beam. The wires for the front panel are hidden inside a white bag upon entry, with twist-ties holding them and the bag in place.
Dual 120mm fans in back are a very nice feature to have; the side panel quad 120mm fan holes are pretty basic mesh and large holes for the fans, little holes for the fan screws. Users must first remove the mesh, which is held on by a few small screws. The case comes with screws for fans as well.
Seven expansion slots are the standard for any case that supports an ATX motherboard; this one however, does not have a tool-free design. A nice support has been riveted near the expansion slots to help reinforce the case.
The drive bays are perforated, helping heat escape from devices that can get hot like hard drives. In front of the drive rack is a hole with a wire leading to the front 120mm fan, which will also push some fresh air through the holes to the hard drives. The included fans are labeled NZXT and are rated for 12v 0.8a, and feature both 3-pin and 4-pin male & female connectors so users can either connect to a motherboard, fan controller, or power supply.
The motherboard layout guide suggests that the case can support more motherboard standards than what are listed, with EATX, and Mini ATX also being listed. However, the drive bays cover up a few of the mounting holes required for an EATX motherboard. There are also at least a dozen extra holes drilled into the tray, a few larger without threads. The drive bays also have a few of these extra holes around.
The front panel comes with eSATA, USB, and three types of audio connectors in one (HD Audio, AC ’97, etc). It also comes with the standard four cables: power button, reset, hard drive activity LED, and power LED. Also included is a 4-pin connector for the extra power LEDs.