|NZXT Gamma Computer Case GAMA-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Sunday, 22 November 2009|
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Closer Look: Interior
When I opened the NZXT Gamma for the first time, I was almost sure I had gotten the wrong case in the mail. I mean, it said it was a Gamma on the box, but there is no way a $50 case is laid out the way this one is. Well, luckily for you all, I was very wrong. The Gamma case is revolutionary for it's price range. I mentioned already that the entire front panel is filtered, but follow me inside the case to explore the differences the NZXT Gamma brings to the table.
Let's start with the drive bays. As I mentioned above, the Gamma has only 5.25" external drive bays. Finally. Someone has made a low cost case that is keeping up with the times. It is extremely easy to find a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter in the rare case that you do actually still use a floppy drive. But even if you have a floppy drive in your computer, when is the last time you used it? USB drives are a dime a dozen, and hold exponentially more data. Personally, I am glad to see the 3.5" external bay done away with.
So along with the four 5.25" external drive bays, the NZXT Gamma holds room for seven 3.5" internal drive bays. Two of the 3.5" bays are just below the 5.25" bays, right where you would expect them on a mid-tower case. They face the front panel and we will talk a little more about them in the detailed interior features. The other five drive bays are mounted sideways, facing the side panels. This actually opens up a lot of room inside the case and allows NZXT to make the claim that the Gamma will hold up to 10" video cards. With a front to rear facing hard drive, this is a very tricky feat. Side to side however, and even some of the longest cards will fit pretty easily. Unfortunately, it won't fit your new Radeon 5970!
The motherboard plate for the Gamma Mid-Tower Case is very interesting. With both side panels off, I noticed that there were a lot of large holes in it. We'll get into each of them in the detailed features, but for now I will tell you that NZXT really thought about cable routing, overclocking, CPU tweaking, and cooling when designing the motherboard plate for the Gamma. Each of those gaping holes has a purpose, and that really adds to the overall beauty of the case.