NZXT Zero 2 Full Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-18-2009
Provided by: NZXT

As mentioned previously, although the Zero 2 shares the Zero's quad 120mm fan positions in the side panel, none come shipped with the case. In order to install fans here, the outer bezel/mesh first has to be removed by taking out nine screws that hold it in place. Then the fans can be mounted and the bezel reinstalled. The layout inside the Zero 2 otherwise appears identical to the Zero, although a dull painted gray steel rather than bright, shiny aluminum.

The rear of the case houses seven riser slots for PCI cards featuring screw-in blanks, no tool-less mounting here. Two 120mm exhaust fans come pre-installed where typically only one would reside, stacked top to bottom between the motherboard tray and power supply mount. Assuming that the holes line up this could potentially offer liquid-cooling users a spot to mount a dual 120mm radiator. But it does necessitate a minimum height for the case at around 21".

The hard drive cage is turned sideways to allow up to six 3" drives to be installed using the included plastic rails. The front 120mm blue LED fan's airflow is considerably hampered by the frame it is mounted in, just like the original Zero. An 80mm intake is stamped out of the bottom panel and set with a fine mesh filter similar to that used in the side panel. It appears that the push-pins used to hold the mesh frame in place could also mount a fan, although one is not included. Up top, two 3" external bays and five 5" bays offer additional drive space again using the included plastic snap-on rails.

A second 80mm fan position is stamped from the top panel but again no fan is included here. The back side of the Zero 2 shows that the motherboard tray extends all the way to the front of the case, which definitely hinders any serious cable management and increases the difficulty of keeping things looking tidy. There are two small holes towards the front where wires could possibly be fished through and an opening at the top of the tray between it and the power supply but there's not a lot of space behind the tray between it and the side panel for hiding excess cabling anyway.

Next let's install some hardware into the Zero 2.

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