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NZXT Hades Case Review

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rickysio 12th May 2010, 11:41 Quote
If you flip the fan around (aka Mesh inside case, fan outside), wouldn't it work?
crazyceo 12th May 2010, 11:52 Quote
AAARRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!! Burn it!! Send it back to Hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Arnie once said "You're one ugly Mother Hubbard!"
DeathAwaitsU 12th May 2010, 11:53 Quote
Looks like a good base for modding tho :D
Jack_Pepsi 12th May 2010, 11:58 Quote
Another company I'll add to my disgusting cases list.

Seriously, have all these case designers been smacked about?
Combatus 12th May 2010, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
If you flip the fan around (aka Mesh inside case, fan outside), wouldn't it work?

No because A) the fan blades would be exposed which isn't a good idea as it's a bit of a monster (but hey they're your fingers ;) ) and B) the panel and mesh aren't flat, they're shaped so would be pretty hap-hazard at best - you'd probably need to bend the mounting holes on the mesh. In addition you'd need to find some way to get the power cable of the fan inside the case but I guess you could just thread it through the side panel hole.
shah 12th May 2010, 12:09 Quote
fugly....
mkb 12th May 2010, 12:12 Quote
How is it possible that a company like this mass marketing a product can make such fundemental mistakes that compromise the integrity of the case altogether. Are the designers fresh out of GCSE's?! The mind boggles.
Phalanx 12th May 2010, 12:18 Quote
I'm sitting on the fence with the looks on this. On some level, it does appeal to me, but on others I'm wondering how practical it can be or whether my interest in the design is down to me actually liking it or whether it is just "different".
Fizzban 12th May 2010, 12:20 Quote
NZXT do make some seriously ugly cases. You could almost say they have a talent for it..
rickysio 12th May 2010, 12:54 Quote
NZXT Adamas seems to be NZXT's magnus opus in sensible design.
ev1lm1nd666 12th May 2010, 13:07 Quote
In a strange way i actually like the front of the case, it looks a bit "Darth Vader" with that vent hole at the bottom. As for the fan mount, i have the same problem with my iCute/Sharkoon Rebel 9 case. the side panel fan is around 3-4cm deep so it will clash with most decent coolers too. If the case came with a window instead of the fan or even a solid panel we could take a dremel too i would actually buy one...
gcwebbyuk 12th May 2010, 13:55 Quote
ev1lm1nd666 you beat me to it about the Darth Vader look!
sleepygamer 12th May 2010, 14:45 Quote
I don't know why people dislike NZXT cases. Sure, they are a little... uh... unique looking. But I am using an NZXT M59, and I think it's pretty cool looking. There's no accounting for taste I guess.
rickysio 12th May 2010, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by sleepygamer
I don't know why people dislike NZXT cases. Sure, they are a little... uh... unique looking. But I am using an NZXT M59, and I think it's pretty cool looking. There's no accounting for taste I guess.

Mostly because quite a number of NZXT cases do not suit the tastes of people like me who doesn't really like bling?
Kasius 12th May 2010, 15:07 Quote
Truly horrific, good job.
FelixTech 12th May 2010, 15:23 Quote
I just don't get you lot sometimes. While this case might not be my cup of tea, it looks a million times better than the Antec Dark Fleet which had quite a few comments of "ZOMG that looks awesome!". It's definitely unusual but it not exactly offensive. I think if they had split the fascia down the middle into two separate doors it would have been cooler :P

Maybe there'll be a revision 2 with a shifted fan at some point...
fingerbob69 12th May 2010, 15:28 Quote
But it takes the intel/amd cpu fans just fine right? So therefore I think we can conclued that this aimed at companies like Dell and Packard Bell and the large number units they put out.
Combatus 12th May 2010, 16:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
But it takes the intel/amd cpu fans just fine right? So therefore I think we can conclued that this aimed at companies like Dell and Packard Bell and the large number units they put out.

Except that I don't know many Dell PCs with fan control, temperature sensors, large fans and water cooling compatibility ;) I'm not convinced! :D
ssj12 12th May 2010, 17:50 Quote
The Hades was a unique design, just not one of their best ones. I love their Tempest cases.

I dont understand scoring on this one. 4/10 seems low when you consider you have two 7s, a 9, and 6 there. I'd figure the case would be more fitting of a 5 or 6 out of ten rather then a 4. Scoring overall isnt the average, but should still take into account what the component scores are.
Combatus 12th May 2010, 18:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
The Hades was a unique design, just not one of their best ones. I love their Tempest cases.

I dont understand scoring on this one. 4/10 seems low when you consider you have two 7s, a 9, and 6 there. I'd figure the case would be more fitting of a 5 or 6 out of ten rather then a 4. Scoring overall isnt the average, but should still take into account what the component scores are.

You're right in that it isn't the average but missed the point about why the overall score is low. It's essentially separate from the other scores and is based more on our own experience of the case. Yes it does get high scores in there but if there's a critical flaw, you still wouldn't buy it. It's like saying you'd buy an otherwise excellent car which unfortunately has no windscreen wipers. It would be great when the weather is dry but when it rains you'll probably crash which =FAIL.

Similarly, the Hades has clearly been designed for enthusiasts, but isn't compatible with decent CPU coolers. The overall score answers a simple question - would we buy it? If we bumped the score up to a 6 or a 7 to be more in line with the other scores, this would suggest we might buy it, which unfortunately is not the case.
pimonserry 12th May 2010, 18:07 Quote
It's pulling the boner-in-jeans look.

Hmm.
Sloth 12th May 2010, 18:24 Quote
I'm having a hard time getting just why everyone says it's so ugly.

The side panel is no different than a number of other cases with regards to the bumped out section. The four screws shown on the outside may make for a small complaint since they don't fit with the otherwise sleek stylings, but that's not so bad. The top is obviously very simple and clean, no complaints there. Then there's the front which everyone seems to be very upset about. Just judging by most readers' agreement that smooth front cases are superior and that 'bling' is bad, I don't get why anyone should have a problem with this one. It is still a very sleek and refined front panel, only difference is that it consists of three distinct surfaces. The surfaces themselves are still very minimalist with only some mild mesh and a couple stripe features connecting them, the only thing that makes this case different than any other is a little angular styling.

I suppose I'm mostly just confused by a modding site and its fanbase only liking rectangular boxes of brushed aluminum o.O
Farfalho 12th May 2010, 18:46 Quote
I had a NZXT Guardian 921 and it was actually a pretty good case and with many possibilities for modding. I removed the lower hdd cage so the cables and hdd's wouldn't be seen from the acrylic although losing the cooling provided by the fan right in front of it. Relocated the hdd's and had a complete area to have my gpu cables nicely fitted and the air drawn by the front bottom fan was all directed to the gpu fan.

About the side panel fan, I had the same problem. When I still had my AMD reference cooler, the case was intact but when I changed it to a Zalman CNPS9900 I couldn't close the side panel without damaging the cpu cooler so I took the fan out and leaving the mesh since the acrylic already had one too.

In the end I changed it for a Zalman GS1000 since I like to have space in excess so I can work more freely.
HandMadeAndroid 12th May 2010, 19:22 Quote
in a word 'ugly'
bulldogjeff 12th May 2010, 19:49 Quote
It's butt ugly to start with , the when the door's open it just looks unfinished

I think this 1 must have fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down
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