|NZXT Alpha Classical Series Mid-Tower Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Chip Terrell - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 05 May 2008|
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Closer Look: NZXT Alpha Interior
Here at Benchmark Reviews we've seen virtually this same interior, in just about every entry level to mid-range case offering in the industry, with the only exceptions being at the extreme top end of the market. When are the designers going to take a chance and do something risky like, oh, let's say providing 8 PCI slots instead of 7? Have today's designers noticed that 7 slots really isn't enough anymore with the advent of dual slot GPUs, SLI, Crossfire and the like? (The new and ultra expensive, ultra high-end Lian Li PC-P80 is, at the moment, the only design I can think of with 8 or more PCI slots.) The lack of new developments in standard enclosure interiors isn't just an issue for NZXT, it's an industry wide issue that needs to be addressed if case designs are to continue to move forward.
The Alpha's interior in all it's....glory? Exactly my point. You've been here and seen this before. There is one newly added feature to the Alpha's interior that I haven't seen before though, and it addresses a complaint I have heard time and time again. Sharp metal corners. It is difficult to see in this shot, but notice the small black rubber corner cap on the bottom outside corner of the top 5.25 external bay cage; there is also one on the top outside corner of the bottom HD cage too, though it is virtually invisible from this angle. The rubber is soft and effective and once again NZXT displays it's ability to go the extra mile with a thoughtful detail to show the customer they care. The small circular ring on the floor of the case near the HD cage is an o ring magnet used, I assume, for additional cable management.
All the loose accessories that are associated with a new enclosure such as screws, standoffs, etc. are packaged neatly in a small box and stored for shipment in the hard drive cage. The accessories box is secured to the HD cage by two of the screwless plastic runners (the rest are in the box) provided to install and attach hard drives to the cage. I like the attention paid by NZXT to their customers first impressions of their product.
Ahhh, a bag of goodies! Gold colored mainboard standoffs, misc silver and black case screws and circular red washer tabs to separate and insulate the motherboard from it's mounting screws. The insulating washers are usually only included in upper end enclosures, another nice touch by NZXT.
All the front bezel wires and cable leads came neatly gathered together for initial aesthetics and to prevent the wires from scratching the case interior or their coupling ends becoming damage by movement during transportation. Again, NZXT displays attention to details to insure the consumers perception of quality in their product.
The front bezel wires unmasked. The red cable is for the much welcomed front E-SATA port , the red and white power molex of the front panel can be seen as well. Also shown are the black USB port cables and the multi colored AC97 audio and LED wires. Note the upgrade feature of the sideways hard drive cage allowing for easy access and cooling airflow from a would be front intake fan.