NZXT Hades Crafted Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-29-2010
Provided by: NZXT

The Hades has a front panel door that extends from top to bottom at the corners but incorporates a large triangular-shaped cutout for better airflow. It is rather long for a mid-tower case, NZXT claims 17" tall by 8" wide by 20" deep, but it actually measures nearly 2" longer in large part due to the peaked door panel. Both side panels have matching raised center sections coupled with a small mesh vent and a large 200mm fan intake on the left.

A view from the rear reveals that this chassis is painted black, inside and out. The power supply mount is at the bottom of the case, with a vented section above that coupled with two liquid tubing grommets. Seven riser slot blanks are vented and a single 120mm fan pulls exhaust duties. Thumbscrews are used to secure both sides.

The door is held shut with magnets and opens only 90 to allow access to the drive bays, shown here in the fully-open position. There are four 5" mesh covered bays, a silver button and two fan control knobs. There's also a stealth switch on the back of the door which changes the front LED display. The silver button turns out to be the reset switch, so where is the power button? You may have missed it, as that was stealthed too, on the front center ridge of the door. The rest of the bezel can be removed from the case with a sharp tug at the bottom, which houses the front 200mm intake fan. Four more 5" bays reside here, with a center support divider separating top from bottom.

The bottom rear of the case houses a removable mesh filter for the power supply intake. Four rubber feet cover the corners which should help raise it off the floor enough to get some air in there. The top front of the case is where the two USB, one eSATA and headphone/microphone jacks can be found. Two vented top sections can hold either 120mm or 140mm fans, one 140mm of which is included.

Let's have a look inside.

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