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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 11 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 Conclusion

NZXT is no newcomer when it comes to quality cases, and the Hades is no exception. The Hades shows that both form and function can be had in an affordable chassis. Such high points as the sleek looks, ample room, and useful cable management system are strong positives. Small missteps such as the HDD mounting orientation don't detract enough from the case to be any kind of a deal breaker. NZXT's attention to detail is very easy to see in this case easily allow the Hades to be recommended.

Performance was easily above average. There seems to be no major flaws in the cooling or airflow design. I had no trouble with any of the I/O ports, LCD screen, or any of the buttons/knobs.

The Appearance of this case lives up to the NZXT name. It looks very sleek, and if you are in to red, the subtle lighting is very appealing.

Construction appears to be of high quality. I did not have any trouble installing any components, taking anything apart, or putting anything back together. The buttons, knobs, fans, and other accessories are of high quality.

This case is a lesson of both Functionality and form. It functions like you would think a good quality case should. The tool-less design features make installation of components easy. NZXT's cable management system is very useful and very helpful.

Value-wise, the NZXT Hades (model HADE-001BK) is in a slightly higher range of cases. Newegg.com lists it currently at $99.99. It is not overly expensive for what you get, however.

I cannot see much of any reason why someone looking to get a midsize chassis with room for plenty of components that does not want to spend an arm and a leg should not give this case at least a close second look.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award for Quality Recognition

+ Good Looking Design
+ Tool-less installation features
+ Ample room for components
+ Good cooling features with room for expansion
+ LCD Temperature display
+ Good design efforts to keep the case dust free

Cons:

- Non-typical size for fan mounts
- Top-mounted I/O ports don't allow tucking the case into tight spaces
- Hard Drives mounting orientation could be facing to the side
- Cable management grommets easily come out of their holes

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.5
  • Construction: 9.5
  • Functionality: 8.5
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# 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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