|NZXT Hades Computer Case HADE-001BK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 12 April 2010|
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NZXT Hades ConclusionNZXT 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.
+ Good Looking Design
- Non-typical size for fan mounts
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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