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NZXT S340 Elite ATX Case Review

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System Building with NZXT S340 Elite

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Test System

  • Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme4
  • System Memory: 4x8GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 5820K @ 4.5GHz
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1150
  • Video: MSI GeForce 780 Ti
  • Disk Drive 1: Crucial MX100 256GB SSD
  • Disk Drive 2: WD Blue 3TB HDD
  • Enclosure: NZXT S340 Elite Matte Black
  • PSU: EVGA 850P2 850W Modular
  • Monitor: HP 23bw 23″ IPS display
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit

Results

The overall build turned out well since there was a lot of work room in the case. I installed the radiator to the Corsair H100i at the front of the case so it can intake cool air from the front. The radiator to the Corsair H55 water cooling unit on the MSI 780 Ti graphics card was installed at the rear of the case. I kept the stock pre-installed 120mm fan at the top of the case to help exhaust hot air out the case. I also took advantage of the SSD mounting bracket on the side of the power supply shroud. My particular SSD had the texts facing upside down, but something like a Samsung series SSD would be perfect to showcase here.

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Cable management was a breeze thanks to the cable clamping system that came with the S340 Elite. Cable tie-down points were also present at almost every corner of the rear motherboard tray. Two cable clamps were located behind the cable bar. This helped a lot with managing the CPU power cable and the 24-pin motherboard cable. The clamps worked well for the most part, but they could pop back open if they held too many cables.

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I was unable to do a push/pull configuration since the cable bar was in the way. I thought about removing it from the case entirely, but that would have exposed the cables behind the motherboard tray. Unfortunately, fans could not be installed outside of the case as the dust filter was in the way. With the cable bar installed, you could only install two sets of fans.

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I ran the SATA data and power cables underneath the internal HDD so they can reach the side mounted SSD on the power supply shroud. The only problem with this was there may not be clearance to install a second internal HDD or SSD. There was a mount for a 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive on the bottom of the case. This could be used for a second internal drive if you absolutely needed to utilize the side mounted SSD mount.

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The magnetic cable puck could be extremely handy for most users. It had a rubberized material and a very simple look to complement just about any type of VR or audio headset.

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Of course for larger VR or audio headsets, the puck could be split in half to accommodate larger headsets and their longer wires. It also had enough strength to hold even some of the heaviest headset devices.

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The separately sold Internal USB Hub accessory installed nicely into our build. When powered on, a white LED power indicator would light up next to the NZXT logo. As for my use case, I had a bluetooth adapter and a wireless receiver for the Microsoft Xbox One controller plugged into the unit. This hub could come in handy especially for mini-ITX cases where not many front USB ports are present.

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I was hoping the hub was not powered by a four pin Molex connector. A standard SATA power connector would had been better as I had to install a bulky four pin power cable to my PSU just to get the hub to work.

The build turned out very well overall. It had the same features as the previous S340 but with a few extras to make it somewhat different. Located at the front were one HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports for VR purposes. The additional magnetic cable management puck allowed easy storage and access to any VR and audio headsets. This case would still make a great case even if VR is not your thing. The tempered glass side panel really enhanced the looks of this case making it suitable for showing off your expensive gear.

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Let’s go into my final thoughts and end this review with my conclusion in the next section.


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