Closer Look: Interior
Removing the windowed side panel reveals the motherboard tray, along with three rubber-grommeted cable openings and lots of tie down points. Note that the front 3.5″ drive bays are not accessible from this side of the case.
On top of the non-removable power supply cover, NZXT has placed two 2.5″ device brackets. Cable holes behind these brackets make for simple, short power and data cable runs to anything you mount here.
From the other side of the case we can access the five removable drive caddies, as well as the power supply area.
Five removable drive trays can accommodate either 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives (a sixth drive can be screwed directly to the bottom of the case). No tool-less bliss here: you’ll use screws to mount either size of drive. Careful, though: the rubber grommets used for 3.5″ drives don’t protrude through the screw holes, but are simply adhesive donuts placed on the top surface of the caddy. It’s easy to accidentally peel them up when sliding a 3.5″ drive into place.
Removing the drive caddies opens up the front of the case for a front-mounted radiator. If you remove the top four caddies, a 240mm radiator will fit; removing all five caddies makes room for a 360mm radiator. Remember that even with all the drive caddies removed, you can still mount up to three drives: one 2.5″ or 3.5″ at the bottom of the case, and two 2.5″ drives on top of the power supply cover.
Under the top panel are mounts for three more fans, or a radiator up to 360mm. Note that the electronic boards for the power/reset buttons and I/O ports remain on the case, which makes removing and replacing the top panel very easy.
NZXT includes a fan hub that can handle up to 10 three-pin fans, and a controller for the case lighting.
Join me in the next section as I build an SLI gaming rig in this case.