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Written by Hank Tolman   
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Gamma Computer Case GAMA-001BK
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Gamma Final Thoughts

So it appears that NZXT has done it again with the Gamma. They have provided a case obviously geared towards excellent cooling and support for all your gaming gear; and they have done it for $50. Mid-tower cases everywhere are sweating with the release of the Gamma. They have a lot to live up to now. The Gamma provides every opportunity for an enthusiast to make the sky the limit for their power gaming rig. It also allows the less financially endowed PC owner an opportunity to get a performance case at an affordable price. Overclockers will rejoice that the Gamma was built with water cooling in mind. The Gamma offers something for everybody, and no one can complain about the price.

Some of the features that really stand out on the Gamma have to be the filters for incoming airflow, the PSU mounted on the bottom, the cable routing holes in the motherboard plate, and the side-to-side drive bays. Not to mention the tools-free installation of the drives. The adaptation for water cooling systems is very nice as well, but unless you are a hardcore overclocker, the Gamma provides plenty of airflow for the much less expensive price of a few 140mm fans.

The PSU being mounted on the bottom does provide a possible issue with the ever increasing size of the video cards. The cables just might not reach. Also, the cables from the front faceplate being routed directly through the middle drive bays really makes them useless. I could complain about how close together the USB ports are on the front face as well. You certainly couldn't have two fat USB devices plugged in at the same time. Of course, when I was experimenting with this, I noticed that all of my fat USB devices, without fail, came with a very short USB extension cable, thus making this a null point.

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GAMA-001BK Conclusion

The NZXT Gamma Mid-Tower Computer Case really upholds the NZXT standard. The case was made for performance. More cooling is just another fan away; or a water cooling system if you are into that sort of thing. The Gamma filters the air coming into the case to protect your components from the dust that plagues computer users everywhere. The Gamma really has something for everybody, gamer, enthusiast, and casual user alike.

While ditching the flashy LEDs and open-view sides that are prevalent on many NZXT cases, the Gamma still maintains a stylish look to it. At the same time, the Gamma might not even be out of place on a cubicle desktop, as many gaming focused cases would be. The case is completely black, minus the two small LED strips on the front panel, offering a professional atmosphere. But the cut of the front panel and obvious attention to cooling power makes this case a great choice for an enthusiast as well.

The NZXT Gamma is made out of steel, but still clocks in at only 11.5 lbs. It's not as light as some of the aluminum cases, but it much more durable as well. There are no hinged port or face covers on the Gamma that may be torn away or ripped off by an adventurous toddler. The Gamma is very sturdy and constructed in manner that lets you know it means business.

Regardless of what kind of computing you will be enjoying, the Gamma offers something for you. It is absolutely one of the most functional cases I have ever worked with. Even ignoring the two drives bays taken out by cables, five 3.5" bays and four 5.25" bays give you plenty of expandability. And speaking of expansion, your overclocking days are drawing nearer with the amount of cooling this case allows. There is even an ESATA port right on the front of the Gamma, begging you to branch out in your computing endeavors.

Newegg.com lists the GAMA-001BK model for only $49.99. This is an excellent price point for a great gaming chassis. Not only does it invite gamers and overclockers to save some money and still maintain all the features of a high-priced case, but it also invites the dreamer to start working on their future power machine without cringing at the pain it will bring to their pockets. With the NZXT name and reputation behind it, the Gamma is an excellent value for its bargain price.

To tell you the truth, I certainly wasn't expecting what I got with the NZXT Gamma. I am still befuddled by the riddle of how NZXT fit so many features into this case and can still sell it for under $50. I highly recommend the Gamma Mid-Tower Computer case for anyone at any level of computing prowess. You will not be disappointed.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Slots for 6 fans
+ Water Cooling holes pre-drilled
+ Filters on air-input areas
+ ESATA on front panel
+ Cable routing holes in motherboard plate
+ PSU mounted on the bottom of the case
+ Side facing drive bays
+ Supports 10" video cards
+ No tools needed for sides and drives

Cons:

- PSU Cabling somewhat difficult
- Front Panel cables make some drive bays unusable
- USB ports on front panel are too close together

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.

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# Mr.Sameh Abdel Qawy 2012-04-14 17:31
Hello,

Is there a software to test my power supply wattage? I have a Gamma power supply and its wattage is 300W printed on its label but I need to be sure about it by using a software. Is there a way to do that?
Thank you a lot.

Regards,
Sameh Abdel Qawy
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