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Saturday, November 16, 2013

NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case, Price , Specifications and Review :

The Source Series is NZXT’s chassis line designed to be a starting block for first time builders or a stepping stone for those who want to upgrade their rig later on. Each chassis faithfully serves their purpose as an affordable, memorable part of your system building experience; it may just be a keeper.
If you are looking for low budget case build, then look no further NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case has an outstanding quality with many excellent features. According to NZXT, their goal with this case is "to provide the basic chassis to house your rig and just a little more to meet your needs". I think with this goal in mind they have absolutely delivered on their promise! This is not a power-house case, but at this price no-one should be expecting it to be.


BUILD/QUALITY:

This is not your usual fifty buck case! The steel used is extremely sturdy and NZXT has taken great care to ensure that there are no sharp edges to be found! Even the plastic of the front panel seems very sturdy and well made! The included fans are whisper quiet, and yet the still move a LOT of air, keeping the case cool without sounding like an aeroplane taking off! All of the hardware included with my case was of excellent quality, and everything screwed in just fine.

DESIGN :

I absolutely love the design of this case! It has all the earmarks of a more expensive case, with uniform color everywhere, holes for cable management, and a nifty (near) tool-less design that I am extremely impressed with at this price. Even the power and reset buttons have been very well designed, with a sleek all-black look. As is to be expected with most cases today, the PSU is bottom mounted, something which simply makes sense, although you would be surprised how many budget cases lack this feature! The case doesn't come with air filters, however these are very cheap and can be found on Amazon.


All of the front panel wires and fan wires are long enough to route behind the mother without much difficulty (especially with 21 holes to zip-tie things down!) Another great feature is the space left in between the motherboard and right side panel for routing power cables. I can fit your connector without any resistance when closing the panel.

FEATURES OVERVIEW
- Almost tool-less design.
- 2x120mm included fans top and back for excellent air flow
- Cable management holes in motherboard plate
- Rear water-cooling holes with rubber grommets
- Space for four more 120mm fans
- All internal cables are black for uniformity!
- USB 2.0 and 3.0 Front Panel



Pros:
  • It looks clean
  •  2 fans blowing air out on the back (near the board) and on the top surface. there are places for more fans if you need to add more
  • fairly light
  • steel feel
  • usb 3.0 attaches from motherboard to front faceplate usb slot.
  • I like the way front hdd light is somewhat dim behind a plate. it's not invasive even when the room lights are off.
  •  fits well with atx motherboard (duh that's what it's supposed to do) enough room for probably a large videocard which may take 2 pci slot spaces
  •  Good wiring system layout.

Cons :

  • The front USB ports are upside down. 
  • While NZXT advertises this case as almost completely tool-less, you WILL need to screw  HDDs and DVD Drives on the far side to prevent vibration. Not a huge deal again.
  • "Tool-less" design does not allow for reverse-mounting of hard-drives.

Price : $35


NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case Specifications:




Model

Brand                         NZXT
Series                         Source 210
Model                        S210-001

Spec

Type                         ATX Mid Tower
Color                        Black
Case Material           SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
With Power Supply                        No
Power Supply Mounted                Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility           Micro ATX / ATX
With Side Panel Window              No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays           3
External 3.5" Drive Bays             No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays              8
Expansion Slots                           7

Front Ports

Front Ports                                 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 2.0

Cooling System

120mm Fans                            FRONT, 2 X 120mm (optional)

                                       REAR, 1 X 120mm @ 1200rpm (included)

                                       TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (optional)

                                       BOTTOM, 1 x 120mm (optional)

Physical Spec

Dimensions                             7.68" (W) x 17.32"(H) x 19.51"(D)
Weight                                     14.33 lbs.

Features

Features             Bottom Mounted PSU - Positioned for the most effective PSU ventilation

               Wire Management Support - 20mm space for a neat and easy build

               Aluminum Textured Panel - Accents the chassis for a clean, modern look and feel

Dual 120mm Front Intake - Takes advantage of front facing HDD bays for excellent airflow

Maximum Cooling Potential - Eliminate heat by installing up to seven 120mm fans

VGA Clearance Maximum: 230mm w/ hard drive, 330mm w/o hard drive

CPU Heatsink Support: 160mm


OVERALL
I probably would give this case a 9.5 out of ten, rather than a full ten because of the several points mentioned above. That said, you will absolutely get your money's worth.With all the features you normally find in a pro case, save the extra fifty and upgrade your CPU cooler or something. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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