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NZXT takes on Zalman and Antec with new cases

NZXT takes on Zalman and Antec with new cases

The NZXT Whisper in all its glory.

Gaming hardware company, NZXT, may not be the first company that comes to mind when you’re thinking about a new case, however its latest products could rival that of the Zalman Z-Machine and the Antec P182.

First up, the Khaos, is an all black anodised 3mm aluminium design with two 120mm fans in the front, one 120mm in the top and rear and space for three 120mm right inside, between the end of the motherboard and optical bays.

All the fans sit at a very reasonable 1,100RPM and 22-23dBA - at this speed and noise level, they’re very reasonable to live with and the capacity for more certainly improves the cooling without the need to compromise on the style.

The thick aluminium makes it stronger and both the sides have rubber dampening along the rim. However this extravagance comes at a cost - $399 (available from next week in the States), so we wonder whether between this and the comparable weight to thinner steel, it would have been better to simply use steel and powder coat it instead for less cost.

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Left: Whisper - front on; Centre and Right: Khaos

Other features include the option of a dual PSU; with an included cable to jump start the second one, a removable motherboard tray that drops out the back and wheels on the front with a handle on the top so you can drag your LAN luggage around.

It’s impressive, with a smart, clean style that will suit us Europeans, but something few people can afford unfortunately.

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Left: Sentry LX; Right: Whisper - side open

Next is the Whisper case – this is NZXT's silent chassis solution that’ll suit even the most hardcore storage needs with ten individually removable hard drive bays which feature rubber isolation, in addition to six optical bays.

The case is steel and uncoloured inside, although it does feature 25mm thick sound dampening on all the major panels. Unlike the Khaos, the Whisper doesn’t overdo it on the noise front with just two 120mm fans front and rear, as well as two 80mm fans above the PSU in the back.

NZXT also has a pretty interesting fan controller too – the Sentry LX takes up two 5.25” bays and uses a similar VFD technology to the Zalman multi-fan controller we reviewed a while back. However, this has a slightly better viewing angle for looking down at it, but we have to say from the quick look we got it’s not overly impressive – there seems to be some fundamental limitations to the technology, even though the style of display always makes you want one. You can control up to five fans manually or automatically, as well as turning them off altogether if you don’t need them.

Interested in NZXT cases and fan controller? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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thefriscokid 4th June 2008, 03:06 Quote
none of the hires photo links work!
Bindibadgi 4th June 2008, 05:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by thefriscokid
none of the hires photo links work!

Fixed
docodine 4th June 2008, 06:36 Quote
Ugly and bland. Reminds me of that Zalman Fatal1ty case. The display is pretty cool though.
[USRF]Obiwan 4th June 2008, 08:57 Quote
aarghh another doorcase...
BlackMage23 4th June 2008, 10:15 Quote
It has the same problem that I didn't like about the P180 - Too much plastic. I prefer to have a metal case like a Lian Li.
Silver51 4th June 2008, 10:18 Quote
I don't mind cases with doors, but these are fugly.

Seriously, what is with 'enthusiast' case designs recently? Have they never heard about KISS? I'd prefer a simple, sturdy, silent case that can take a Roomba bouncing off of it periodically.
liratheal 4th June 2008, 10:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51
I don't mind cases with doors, but these are fugly.

Seriously, what is with 'enthusiast' case designs recently? Have they never heard about KISS? I'd prefer a simple, sturdy, silent case that can take a Roomba bouncing off of it periodically.

It's all about one-uping the competition in nasty-ass cases. Lian Li did that god awful shell thing, Zalman did that freakish Fatal1ty thing, Coolermaster brutalised the stacker line, and did that ammo.. Thing, Acer with that 'predator'.. The list is endless.

Oh, and they're all made of balsa wood and spit.
steveo_mcg 4th June 2008, 10:53 Quote
I like the screen thing but apart from that, meh.
wuyanxu 4th June 2008, 11:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51

Seriously, what is with 'enthusiast' case designs recently?

i know, i think it all started with Antec p180 series....... and everyone copies it.

i like the hard drive fitting though, it's much better compared to Antec's slide in cage.
but not sure about the cooling, only 1 pair of fan for the top section? add 2 on top damn it!
tech3312 4th June 2008, 12:49 Quote
The Nzxt fan controller would be good for my case mod if only i can have one of those....
DarkLord7854 4th June 2008, 15:01 Quote
Oh man.. I totally want that fan controller!
Bluephoenix 4th June 2008, 18:18 Quote
I love my NZXT sentry, but hate the viewing angles on it, I have one 5.25 bay spare right below it, so as soon as the LX hits market I'll most likely get one.

I hope they've changed the temperature probe design to accept MB inputs though.
HourBeforeDawn 4th June 2008, 21:28 Quote
huh might be worth getting just to hack out that display and using it in another case. ^_^
Jipa 5th June 2008, 00:42 Quote
Do you REALLY reckon the Z-machine is something to be rival-ed? Last time I checked the only weird part in it was the extremely thick aluminum used.. Anyway the Khaos might be worth a closer look.

The Whisper, on the other hand, is just a steel case made by NZXT and after the Tempest I quite frankly am not interested at all in cutting my fingers with that thing. It might be better, after all the P180 cases are steel as well, but I just have my doubts.
General Crespin 5th June 2008, 05:30 Quote
I like the look of the Whisper. Looking forward to a review!
Cthippo 5th June 2008, 07:25 Quote
I don't care so much about the fan controller, I just want the display off it!
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