New NZXT case has dual 200-mm intake fans

Say what you will about Hades, it’s surprisingly well ventilated—the new NZXT enclosure, that is, not the Greek underworld. NZXT’s freshly announced Hades case comes with four fans: two 200-mm behemoths (one at the front and one on the side), one 120-mm at the back, and one 140-mm at the top, with room for a second top-mounted 140-mm fan.

NZXT chucks in a "dual fan 8W per channel controller" and three temperature displays on the front panel, so users can tweak the cooling to their liking—and perhaps keep the noise down; at their highest speed, the 200-mm spinners purportedly churn out 150 CFM. That should keep things fairly chilly inside.

The Hades includes nine drive bays, configurable in either an all-5.25" setup or with four 3.5" devices. An extra SSD bracket leaves room for up to two solid-state drives, as well. NZXT has also left plenty of room in the expansion area, where users should be able to fit AMD’s new, foot-long Radeon HD 5970.

Other perks include cable routing holes in the motherboard tray, a gap for access to the back of the CPU socket, ports for liquid-cooling pipes, and mounting holes for "a dual radiator at the top." NZXT says the Hades is available now for $89.99. You can check out images in the gallery below.

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    • green
    • 11 years ago

    pass. haven’t seen anything decent come out for a while now…

    • link626
    • 11 years ago

    i use a cardboard box as a case now.

    if i need massive ventilation, i just open the box flaps. heat just rises into the air.

    super light weight too.

      • Skrying
      • 11 years ago

      Not so quick. Generally a bare computer has worse temperatures than a closed case. You need directional air in order to cool the parts of computers that actually need cooling.

        • bcronce
        • 11 years ago

        I agree. Last I read, assuming your case doesn’t have massive air flow issues, opening a case generally increases running temps by several degrees.

    • odizzido
    • 11 years ago

    why not 2X200 front and 1X200 rear? Seems like the side fan would push against the front one a fair bit.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Could always make the side fan blow out.

        • odizzido
        • 11 years ago

        then it would suck air away from the CPU which blows in the opposite direction. I did some tests on one of my older cases and the side fan did nothing or increased temperatures depending on the direction I had it facing.

        If you had a 200 on the side blowing in, and a front + rear 120 each blowing out it might work. Might need a little bit bigger fan on the side though because the GPU+PSU would also be sucking out.

    • puppetworx
    • 11 years ago

    Love the look of this case.

    • internetsandman
    • 11 years ago

    I only hope that the side fan, as well as the front, have dust filters. I know it’s not the most important thing, and is often overlooked, but it’s little things like making sure the inside of a case doesn’t get clogged up with dust every month that makes it stand out.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve always thought of intake fans as drive bay coolers, and frankly, those aren’t really necessary anymore. Modern hard drives run a lot cooler than in the past, and SSDs don’t need any cooling at all.

    So I guess I’m puzzled as to why we need bigger and bigger ones.

      • Cyco-Dude
      • 11 years ago

      marketing, and larger fans can move lots of air quietly.

        • Ethyriel
        • 11 years ago

        And having positive pressure in a case makes it easier to filter the intake.

        • KorruptioN
        • 11 years ago

        Not necessarily… with the motor and hub being so big, bearing noise is usually pretty bad on these large fans.

          • Meadows
          • 11 years ago

          How does that refute his point?

            • Kilos
            • 11 years ago

            It wouldn’t be moving the air quietly if the fan motor was easily audible.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      intake fans also help provide positive air pressure, and that means less dust accumulation inside the system. If you have negative air pressure (a vacuum, in essence) air is coming in from everywhere that there’s a little hole, crack, or crevice. Forcing the air to come in the front (and through a filter) is the best way to kep dust out.

    • herothezero
    • 11 years ago

    Goddamn, that’s an ugly case.

    NZXT makes every effort to be the king of hideously styled/designed cases.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 11 years ago

    $89.99 WOW. That’s a lot of value for the price.

    • anotherengineer
    • 11 years ago

    so many fan openings, might at well not even use a case or get an antec skeleton 😉

    • Karkas
    • 11 years ago

    I love NZXT, you simply can’t beat the quality for their pricepoints. I’ve used them on several builds, and haven’t been disappointed yet.

      • Ethyriel
      • 11 years ago

      Don’t take this the wrong way, but are you blind?

        • internetsandman
        • 11 years ago

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In NZXT’s case (no pun intended) you either love their designs or you despise them.

    • Cyco-Dude
    • 11 years ago

    plain cases that don’t cost a fortune are hard to come by these days. it seems everybody is in a race to see how much crap they can add onto a case or how ugly they can make the front bezel (or entire case sometimes) look.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 11 years ago

    Not as bad as your typical NZXT case. Not one I’d buy but not as bad as some folks are making it out to be.

    And if you typed “qft” but don’t actually quote anything, you’re amuzing.

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Unless they meant “quite fucking true”, not “quoted for truth”.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 11 years ago

        still gotta quote something or else noone else knows what is so dern true.

    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    that’s a lot of openings for noise to travel through. the cheesy gimmicks are easily overwhelmed by the cost. at that price point, your already in the nine hundred’s or even twelve hundred’s domain, so you’d better hope you can match the quality.

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    And you can crank all the fans up to full blast and ride it around the house like a personal hovercraft.

    • JJCDAD
    • 11 years ago

    Reminds me of Vader for some reason.

      • sledgehammer
      • 11 years ago

      it even comes a prerecorded breathing.

    • tay
    • 11 years ago

    Meant as reply to #1 cuz i’m stupid….
    qft. So fugly. I am surprised that people still buy these types of cases considering how cheap performance has gotten. Increasingly case+psu is an increasingly large part of the overall system cost which is silly to me.

    • mph_Ragnarok
    • 11 years ago

    NZXT.

    the cheesiest cases, always

      • phez
      • 11 years ago

      What’s so cheesy about this case?

      • Ethyriel
      • 11 years ago

      I clicked through just to see if it’s as ugly as other NZXT cases. It’s about average for them, which is pretty damned ugly.

      • Skrying
      • 11 years ago

      Have you seen a Raidmax or Apevia case? NZXT makes beautiful cases compared to those two companies.

        • TheEmrys
        • 11 years ago

        Comparison does not make absolutes. Its not pretty.

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