Conclusion: So far I have tested three NZXT cases and each one has been as good as the last. The Guardian 921 is a solidly built, sleek looking well designed case with the gamer in mind. Although it is heavy and not one you will one to drag to LAN parties, it is a case that will make your gaming rig stand out. The three 120 mm provide excellent cooling and there is plenty of room for expansion with the large number of expansion bay slots.
Conclusion: There are a few downsides though to the Guardian 921, and they may be personal opinions, but I feel the lack of fan grills and the inability to show a more accurate temperature reading is something that needs to be addressed. It’s easy to throw some fan grills on there, and an upgrade to the monitor should be easy as well for NZXT to take care of.
Pros: Inexpensive, Looks great, Well made, Silent, Integrated temperature monitoring, Tool-less installation, Three fans included, Nice looking side window, 3.5" to 5.25" adapter included
Cons: Motherboard tray not removable, Might be a bit flashy for some, LCD Only shows whole numbers, No fan grills, Only three 5.25" bays accessible from outside
NZXT Guardian 921 Crafted Series Mid-Tower Steel Chassis Review
23 March 2009
Excerpt: When it comes to computer cases and supporting components, the market is separated by vendors with different levels of products to different users. Typically, the average user who uses their system for a lot of everything don’t put much thought into their computer case aside from cost.
Excerpt: NZXT Releases another in their line of budget Gaming “crafted series” Chassis. The Guardian 921 is a follow up to the original Guardian and is “Designed with futuristic and sleek curves” but does it follow up with the same flaws the original Guardian had? Or has NZXT advanced and refined thier product? We have seen several good gaming cases built of this popular chassis, will the Guardian be one of them? Read on and see what we think.
Pros: Tool-less design., E-SATA front port.
Cons: Only 3 – 5 1/4″ bays usable., Temp monitor is kind of ugly., Price.
Summary: The NZXT Guardian 921 is an interesting looking case. The LCD display is well placed and can be easily read, while the door looks much like a shield. NZXT has designed a very nice case with a few interesting lighting aspects. With this case, you pay for the LCD and the overall exterior design as the interior is bland and very simple. So this case is really just for those who really like the look, which is - as always with NZXT - quite unique.
Pros: Unique design, Well placed LCD display, Well placed lighting aspects, Fairly fancy window, Three thermal diodes included, Basic screw-less system, Three fans included, 3.5 inch to 5.25 inch drive bay adapter included, Fairly solid construction, Well packaged
Cons: Quite expensive, LCD display only shows full degrees, Only three 5.25 inch bays accessible from outside, Screw-less system does not hold too well, A lot of plastic, Very basic interior layout
Conclusion: While this unit is billed as a case for gamers, that’s actually the only demographic we would not recommend this unit to. Many design decisions have gone to producing a case that just doesn’t fall in lines with the needs of a gamer. But when it comes to any other buyer, we’re pleased to award the NZXT Guardian 921 the Icrontic Stamp of Approval as an attractive, functional, well built, and convenience-driven chassis for enthusiasts.
Pros: Door as a bezel hides mismatched optical drives, Side-facing connectivity, eSATA port on front of case, Significantly cooler than control case, Side-facing HD cage with lots of room for expansion, Screwless internal fixtures for expansion cards and bays, Attractive lighting
Cons: Subjective style and finish, Trouble mounting some video cards
Conclusion: Moving to this chassis from an Antec 900, I believe this case has stood up to the NZXT brand name. Offering features like the LCD temperature read-out, and some decent cable management, NZXT did a great overall job with this one. When installing my components, the only tool I needed was a phillips screw driver, and that was only used to tighten the screws on the motherboard and power supply.
Excerpt: With the large number of case manufacturers on the market, we here at Rbmods.com don’t get a chance to review every case on the market. But it’s still exciting when we get to evaluate a new company’s case, especially when they offer features that stand out amongst the crowd. Today we get to look at a case from NZXT, a provider of a wide range of computer and gaming accessories, called the NZXT Guardian 921 Case.
Conclusion: The Guardian 921 is well engineered, with a sharp look, and some great design elements that help to keep it competitive in the world of mid-atx cases. The tool less design, good thermal and noise performance, and front panel LCD are all features that help raise it above the pack. The insulated water tubing ports and smart 120mm fan placement helps keep the Guardian 921 cool, even with average to high overclocks.
Summary: The case came nicely packaged within a bag and squeaky Styrofoam (i like the "plastic" Styrofoam better ;) ). The box clearly presents itself as a chassis for gamers, it has "Power for Gamers" written in at least 4 different places on the box. It seems to me like they're trying to get a point across.
Pros: Colored lights, Nice eye candy, Good cooling, Screwless design, Temperature sensors
Cons: Some features left out, Hard to clean up cables