The classic appointments continue as we travel around to the side panel, where the optional beveled-edge window is trimmed in chrome accents. There are no plastic push-pins or other obvious means of attachment otherwise, NZXT has hidden this into the panel very nicely. A 120mm fan is mounted in the window, behind a large opening covered with fine silver mesh. The rear of the case is fitted for a 120mm exhaust fan with holes to optionally mount an 80mm fan if you so choose. The grill pattern is fairly open and should not restrict airflow much. There is no I/O shield included although these typically come with your motherboard. The back side of the Alpha is plain except for the array of ports located at the front bottom edge of the case. These include the standard USB and audio ports but rather than a Firewire jack we find an eSATA connection available. These are becoming increasingly common to find on new cases as the bandwidth offered by eSATA far surpasses anything used previously.
Continue for a tour inside the NZXT Alpha.