|NZXT M59 Mid-Tower Computer Case M59-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 20 November 2009|
Page 1 of 6
NZXT M59 M59-001BK Review
I am a case snob. The cases I like are brushed aluminum, have removable motherboard trays, neatly rolled edges, finished interiors, cable management, and so forth. They have SATA backplanes and mounts for triple-120 radiators. A certain degree of style doesn't hurt, either. Of course cases like this are expensive, but since I have to look at them all day, I figure they're worth it. In this article, Benchmark Reviews inspects the NZXT M59 Mid-Tower computer case, which at a suggested retail price of $59.99 for the M59-001BK model it is hardly in the milieu I'm become accustomed to. Will the design flair that was evident in NZXT's $400 Khaos gaming case be in evidence here? Let's see.
As other reviews here on Benchmark Reviews have noted, the prices for most computer components— the processor, memory, hard drives, and so forth— have been going steadily downwards for years. Science fiction author and former Byte magazine columnist Jerry Pournelle noted this more than 20 years ago, repeating "Iron is expensive; silicon is cheap." at every opportunity. We're seeing a lot more activity in the low-end (arbitrarily defined as "less than $75") case market of late, but many, if not most, sub-$75 cases suffer from indifferent design and cheap construction, making them poor choices for enthusiasts who frequently upgrade and modify their systems.
Case companies have only recently begun to produce inexpensive cases using some of the design and construction techniques formerly reserved for higher-end enclosures. The M59 Mid-Tower computer case is NZXT's foray into this new market. Let's see how it stacks up.
NZXT M59 Features
Immense Performance: 5 fan capability (side 120mm LED and rear 120mm exhaust included) Included 9-fin rifle bearing NZXT fans rated at 42CFM and 23db
Night light: A ambient light sits over the 5.25" drives to give visibility in dark rooms or at LAN parties
Black on Black: Smoked clear window and a black interior gives the best combination of black on black
Meshed front panel allows for more airflow
5.25" stealth bay to keep a clean look
NZXT solid state bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
Wire routing: motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing, turned HDD also helps with managing cables
Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the back plate
Front mounted USB, audio, and ESATA ports
Support for external dual radiator at the top of the chassis
High end graphics card support, the M59 features space that is especially designed to fit longer 10.5" cards
NZXT, a company built upon gamer's dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling.
Our dedicated sales and customer service team will work diligently to earn your trust and loyalty. All our products are built with high quality material and engineered in the best conditions.
NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan. NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, California.