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Written by David Ramsey - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT LEXA-S Gaming Case LEXS-001BK
Closer Look: Lexa S Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Lexa S Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT LEXA-S LEXS-001BK Review

NZXT is on a roll. Their line of sub-$100 computer cases brings features to this market segment we haven't seen before, including fully finished interiors, rolled metal edges, and cable management, just to name a few things. The NZXT Lexa S Mid-Tower computer case is one of the more recent offerings in their "Crafted Series" line of cases. Festooned with a sleek black front door with integral LED lighting and fan controllers, this case would look great on your desk. But as a starting point for a new system build, how does LEXS-001BK model stack up?

I have to admit that NZXT has never been on my short list of computer cases to consider for my next build. Sub-$100 cases frequently had more compromises than I was willing to accept, with poor design and indifferent construction would conspire to make the build a pain— and in many cases that pain was literal, with scraped knuckles and sliced fingers providing a memorable lesson in "you get what you pay for." The NZXT Lexa S Mid-Tower Computer Case aims to break this tradition.

NZXT Lexa S Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

The purpose of a computer case is to hold all the computer's parts together while protecting them from disturbances and providing sufficient air flow to keep all the parts cool. But if you build your own systems (and would you be reading this review if you didn't ?), you probably have additional requirements: the case should look good, be easy to build a system into, provide enough room for all your components with some space left over for expansion, and make adding or removing components easy. And, of course, a good price/performance ratio always helps. NZXT's tag line for this line of cases is "Crafted Gaming Armor", and we'll see if the Lexa S lives up to the billing.

NZXT Lexa S Features

  • Immense Performance: 4 of 5 fans included ( Front 120mm fan, Top 140mm fan, Side 120MM LED fan, rear 120mm exhaust included ), fans rated at 43CFM, 23dB(A)
  • Fan control: Determine noise and airflow based on your needs, dual intakes and dual exhausts are controlled independently
  • 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
  • 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 providing a cleaner look.
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the back plate
  • High end graphics card support, extra space is especially designed to fit longer 10.5" cards
  • Side mounted USB, Audio, and E-SATA ports
  • Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top
  • Removable filter at the bottom PSU
  • Rubber Grommet for wire routing gives a even sleeker look to the system

LEXS-001BK Specifications

MODEL NEMESIS SERIES
CASE TYPE MID TOWER FULL SIZE ALUMINUM CHASSIS CASE
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 223.5 X 515.4 X 562.2 mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120 mm BLUE LED FANREAR, 1 X 120 mm BLUE LED FANSIDE PANEL, 1 X 120 mm BLUE LED FAN
DRIVE BAYS 9 DRIVE BAYS4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS2 EXTERNAL 3.5 " DRIVE BAYS5 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS ( Removing Accesory Box )SCREWLESS RAIL DESIGN
MATERIAL(S) 1.0 mm ALUMINUM CHASSIS
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
POWER SUPPLY 400 WATT PS2 ATX 12V ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 6.5 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT

About the company: NZXT

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.



 

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# Gtx 570 Windforce Gigabyte fit ?jonathan ibarra 2012-09-13 11:20
Hello, I want to buy this case but wonder if Gtx 570 Windforce Gigabyte fits correctly. What do you know . Thanks
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