|NZXT Whisper Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Alex Hanson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 23 December 2008|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Moving to the rear of the Whisper computer case reveals the power supply location on the bottom of the case along with 2 80mm fans mounted directly above it. Which if I hadn't removed the side panel you'd probably wonder why those were there but as you can see, the power supply and hard drives are located in a separate chamber. More on that later though.
There is a low speed and silent 120mm exhaust fan on top with your standard 7 expansion card slots below it. The left side panel is held in place via thumb screws which is a must have for any PC enthusiast. All of the fans have both a molex and 3 pin connectors.
You'll also see the two holes for liquid cooling. It's predecessor, the HU001 (aka Hush) has none. So it's nice to see NZXT has at least included them in the Whisper despite being a little small.
Moving to the top of the case reveals the IO panel which supports two 2.0 USB ports, HD/AC'97 audio ports, and an e-SATA port. However, no Firewire (IEEE-1394) port. Now, most people might not care about Firewire anymore but I know I still use a video camera that needs it so that was a slight let down for me.
Probably within 5 minutes of removing the case from the box, I broke off the little plastic clip that holds closed the IO panel ports. I was pulling up on it instead of sliding it back and that caused it to break. A dab of superglue fixed that though. I think a better design could have been implemented such as a push button mechanism. I'm sure if I broke this off so quickly then others have probably done the same. Regardless though, just being able to conceal the ports when not in use is a nice touch that I can certainly appreciate.
Looking at the bottom of the case shows off it's plain yet effective feet. I personally don't care for them but at least they're firmly glued on and haven't fallen off yet.