|NZXT Gamma Computer Case GAMA-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Sunday, 22 November 2009|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Upon opening the NZXT Gamma case, I found that I was quite pleasantly surprised by the light weight of the case. Not that this makes much of a difference, as the case will almost definitely be in a stationary location while in use. However, while manipulating the case to install all the components, a heavier case can cause some difficulties. With the Gamma, you won't have any of those problems.
Another very nice, noticeable feature of the NZXT Gamma is the bevel on the face, allowing the external ports to point slightly upward. If you are going to keep your case on top of your desk, this may be somewhat of a hindrance. I keep my case under my desk, and the bevel on the Gamma face gives me ready and easy access to the external ports available. We will talk about the ports a little more further on, but I wanted to mention this subtle yet thoughtful addition to the Gamma case since it was one of the first things I noticed. Many cases, especially in the price range of the Gamma have the ports all the way at the bottom of the case. Even if they are near the middle, having them face slightly upward really makes a difference when it comes to ease of use.
And speaking of ease of use, the Gamma also offers another commodity rarely found in an inexpensive case. The sides of the case are screwed in using thumbscrews. A lot of people are building their own computers recently. They have found that it isn't as hard as it once was to upgrade components and hardware. Some, like me, upgrade constantly or continuously make small adjustments to the inside of the case. Just the other day (before I received the Gamma) I got into my case to unplug the reset button from the motherboard. My daughter has a thing for buttons and kept resetting it. I had been putting off this simple task for quite a while because I didn't have a screwdriver handy to take off the side panel. Thumbscrews would certainly have aided me.
Where cooling is concerned, I could tell right away that the NZXT Gamma was going to be on top of its game. There is a large meshed area on top of the case that will allow for two 120mm or 140mm fans. NZXT says that this area of the Gamma has also been specifically designed for the installation of a radiator for a water cooling system. Just above the rear fan are two small circular openings for the water cooling tubes. You don't find many cases with that kind of capability pre-built, especially at the price of the Gamma.
The only fan that comes with the case is on the rear plate of the case, near the top. It is a large 120mm fan that is actually pretty quiet. The rest of the back plate of the Gamma is almost normal looking, except for a few interesting features. First, the expansion port covers are all mesh, giving the Gamma that added airflow that seems to be the main feature of the case. Also, the power supply (sold separately) is mounted on the bottom of the Gamma. This is a very rare, but very nice, feature that I have seen almost nowhere else; certainly not on a $50 case. We will get into this feature in more detail later.