NZXT ZERO Specs
The title of this review may be somewhat misleading since the ZERO actually uses a total of 8 fans 7 120mm fans and a single 80mm top mounted fan. I failed to mention it because other sites had problems fitting in standard size PSU's without making some adjustments and I was unableto use it intenrally. My system used PCPower&Cooling's Silencer 750W which is a standard size PSU yet I was unable to mount the fan. I did mount it externally for thermodynmic purposes, but the average end-user should not have to explore ad hoc
methods. Given many buy cases for their appearance amoung other things, the fan mounted externally looked awkward.
Above we see our ZERO in reference to another full-tower case (Thermaltake Kandalf) the ZERO is a smart looking design at 210 x 532 x 520mm. The Kandalf has more depth which translates to more room inside for components, although I find the ZERO provides ample room in many respects and while their both made from aluminum ZERO weighs less, runs cooler and is much quieter. T
he ZERO arrived in-tact (not that we should expect any less) packed well in protective plastic and secured by Styrofoam braces just in case of unforeseen shipping "issues."
Once freed from its packaging bonds, ZERO sports a sleek black finish and a brushed solid aluminum section on the faceplate/door. The design is understated yet sophisticated making the ZERO an ideal case for any possible environment, including office, home or the sophisticated Gamer. From an ergonomic perspective ZERO is most definitely a departure from other NZXT cases such as the Nemesis Elite
I reviewed some time back.
The chassis is constructed primarily of aluminum except for the front door which made from plastic with a thick aluminum face-plate as mentioned above. Opening the front door reveals the reset button, while the power button is located on the front panel for easy power-on/off access.
At the top of the door NZXT provides a tinted window which allows visual access to 5.25 LCD devices, a smart addition.
Located along the side of the door I/O ports are accessible yet hidden from sight. These include a single Fire Wire, headphones, microphone and two USB connections. Thumbnails below provide a close-up of the connections and the opposite side of the front panel the PCB hosting those connections.
Removing the side-panels reveals all aluminum construction and carefully beveled edges preventing injury. The ZERO is essentially a full-tower design; while NZXT doesn't specify material thickness this case is very light at 7.35kg. Note the on the bottom of the case there is a passive vent with filter.
Looking into the case from several angles we see the twin rear mounted 12cm exhaust fans and internal; drive bays. The accouterments are laid out in front of the case.
Depending on the type and number of optical and HDD drives the drive bays should provide ample expansion. As previously stated there are six internal drive bays which face out with the side-panel removed providing easy access to other components such as video cards and other PCI devices. The 8800 series cards will be a little tight, thankfully those card use an outward facing 12V PCIe external cable. Clutter wasn't a problem with this case depending on what you want to install. Thumbnails below focus on the top and bottom drive bay sections respectively.
Onto case airflow and fans ->