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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 12 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Hades Computer Case HADE-001BK
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
NZXT Hades Conclusion

NZXT Hades Computer Case Review

NZXT has been making quality computer cases since 2004. They have become a popular brand among computer enthusiests, and for good reason. NZXT cares about style and functionality. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we also care about style and functionality, and when NZXT agreed to let us review its new Hades (HADE-001BK) mid-tower Chassis, we happily agreed. The Hades boasts such features as up to nine 5.25" bays, or five 5.25" and four 3.5" bays. It touts room for up to 5 cooling fans and large video cards, and it also features a cable management system; all for around $100. Will the Hades live up to the NZXT reputation of quality? Stay tuned to find out!


Advertising such features as having ample room for hard drives and larger video cards can grab enthusiasts attention easy enough. Saying that the Hades case has a wire management system will entice the neat-minded folk. Promising all of these things and delivering them are two completely different things. During this review, we will take a look at these features, as well as the other features of the case and find out just how well NXZT delivers on its promise.

NZXT Hades Features

  • Expansion galore: Nine 5.25" bay setup or Five 5.25" and Four 3.5"
  • Latest Hardware Support: VGA clearance room for 300mm cards like the ATI 5970
  • CPU Heatsink clearance: 131.5mm w/ 200mm fan, 165mm w/o side fan installed.
  • Dual 200mm intake Large air system: 200mm front fan, dual top 140mm fan, Side 200mm fan, rear 120mm exhaust. NZXT includes the chassis with all fans except for one top 140mm fan
  • Control the flow: Gaming, overclocking, or office work the dual 8W per channel fan control allows control over the dual 200mm fans that spin up to 150 CFM each
  • Monitor your system: A three C/F temperature display at front panel allows the user to see temperatures inside the chassis even with the door closed. A slant on the door allows for easier viewing from above.
  • Punched side panel: Besides aesthetics, the side mesh and extrusion allows for even greater and ease of wire management on the right side panel
  • Meshed front: 5.25" meshed bays, meshed door, and meshed bottom panel allows for air to flow into the system with ease.
  • Wire Routing: Motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing.
  • NZXT Solid State bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the backplate
  • Front mounted 2 USB, Audio, and E-SATA ports
  • Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top
  • Removable filter at the bottom PSU

Hades Specifications

MODEL Hades Series
CASE TYPE Mid Tower Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 200 X 430 X 501 mm / 7.87" x 16.9" x 19.7"

FRONT, 1 X 200mm red LED (included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)

SIDE, 1 x 200mm (included)

TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (1 include 140mm)

Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with black finish
WEIGHT 6.95 KGS (W/O Power)

About the company: NZXT.

NZXT, a company built upon gamers' 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.



# Poor Cable Managementmike 2010-04-13 19:05
There was obvious poor cable management not because of the case, but because of the components chosen to be used in the review. The use of an unsleeved power supply is a terrible choice when reviewing a case like the HADES. This case was meant for people who choose better than average components. Also, the use of an IDE drive cable is ridiculous. Overall a very messy job managing the cables.
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# RE: NZXT Hades Computer Case HADE-001BKAdam 2010-04-18 04:48
I have to agree with the Mike, using an unsleeved psu and an IDE drive is obviously going to result in crappy cable management. As far as I can see all of the components used were a little on the cheap side.
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# # RE: NZXT Hades Computer Case HADE-001BKRuss 2010-05-01 21:41
over all i thought it was a good review it let me know what i would encounter if i had bought the case, tho i think my 4890s in crossfire are probably much longer than a 9600gt

it is a shame you dont have a newer card. 4870s arent that expensive anymore

but, good review. the only thing im not sure about is if my video cards will fit with me having 4 sata drives in raid or not, lol

i will be using a corsair tx 750w power supply it has long sleeved cables so cable managent should be a snap.
but i like how the drives mount in the other case, so ill get it with a fan controller. good review for the parts you have, i hope you have luck upgrading soon.
i dont think you should be critizied if u cant afford it tho
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