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

NZXT has already run most of the case wiring through the cable management holes and pre-wired the fans to the two controller knobs in the front. Just as we've seen from the last several NZXT cases, they're making the motherboard tray access hole oversized to accommodate all CPU socket orientations. Unfortunately not all case manufacturers can say the same, kudos to NZXT for addressing this.

To follow up that positive note with a negative one, to install a 3" drive requires these adapter rails be used, which must be attached with the longer screws provided. Although the rubber anti-vibration grommets do a nice job of keeping drives quieter, it's a pain to have to install the rails on each drive, particularly if you have a multi-disk array.

There were no other major issues getting the rest of the hardware installed, although as I mentioned before there's not a whole lot of room at the top of the case. The edge of the motherboard comes almost right up flush to the frame of the top exhaust fan, which makes running thicker cables like the +12v CPU power through there difficult. You could always route the cables around the front, but when the holes are there to hide them, why not use them? Just take it easy on the grommets or they will pull free, and they're a pain to get back in place.

As mentioned previously, the power button is stealthed into the front center ridge of the door panel, right below the power indicator light. At the top is a vertical series of numbers, collected from three temperature sensor leads you can place within the interior. The wires are labeled HDD, SYS and CPU, unfortunately there's no indication on the display as to which is which. The button on the inside of the door changes the output from Celsius to Fahrenheit scale, marked by either a C or F on the readout.

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