NZXT Rogue SFF Gaming Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-26-2007
Provided by: NZXT

The NZXT Rogue looks like no other case I've ever reviewed. It is nearly cubical in shape, roughly 14" wide by 11" tall and 16" deep. Despite NZXT advertising it as an aluminum frame it weighs in at just over 20 pounds, as much as a typical steel mid-tower case. As I discovered during installation (using a magnetic tip screwdriver) many of the panels are in fact steel, such as the sides, back, bottom and motherboard tray, relatively thick steel at that.

As I mentioned previously, the Rogue has nice smooth, clean lines free from any wild embelishment. The front panel is covered by a plain hinged door, featureless except for a couple of slits at the bottom. These are cosmetic only as there are no fans to be found at the front of the case, these are all located on the sides and rear. Four fan positions can be seen behind slatted openings in either side. Just to the left of the front panel can be found a series of I/O ports, two USB, microphone and headphone jacks and an eSATA port. Observant readers might notice the slight deviation in the side panel grill along the right side, more on that in a bit.

Behind the front panel we find the Rogue nearly as smooth and featureless as with the door closed. Two 5" and two 3" bay covers blend very closely with the rest of the panel and the power/reset buttons sit flush also, differentiated only by their color. The door is held shut by magnet and a key lock, which turns a simple catch through a hole in the front. The lighted vertical risers on either side of the door, which we'll see lit up later in the review, appear only as clear bars when off.

The top panel houses a clear window on the rear half, granting a view of the back interior of the case. The power supply opening is located above the riser slots, and a 120mm exhaust fan is positioned just to the left of it. The fan uses a wire frame grill, providing excellent airflow potential, and is also lit by blue LED's.

The case bottom is plain but painted in that same glossy black finish as the rest of the case. This is a very nice touch considering most tower cases leave the back and bottom unpainted. Four rubber elongated pads are attached, one at each of the corners, to protect it and keep it from sliding around. As I mentioned earlier, one of the side grill slats was bent as received, whether during shipping or production is uncertain. I tried bending it back into place from the inside, and I was able to get it to look better but I can still tell the bend is there.

Next let's take a closer look at the Rogue's interior.

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