Summary: When choosing a case first you sill first have to like it;s overall styling, but it also should have many excellent features. Features like; excellent air circulation, plenty of included fans, lots of drive bays, water cooling friendly & space for full length video cards. The NZXT Hades Case has all these features and it's affordable.
Excerpt: NZXT has offered me a look at quite a few of their chassis' in my time here at TweakTown. I have seen small form factor cases like the Vulcan and the Panzerbox , and most of the mid tower lineup to this point. Some of these chassis' are simple and clean, while others were designed thinking outside the box and offering features you just didn't expect in that chassis.
Excerpt: After working with this chassis, I can safely say that there's nothing hellish about NZXT's Hades mid-tower ATX case. It's feature rich with a good cable management design and a drive cage design built for maximum configuration options. The cooling performance is excellent, yet easy on the ears and the built in fan controllers allow the user to custom tailor the performance to suit the installed hardware.
Conclusion: The NZXT Hades case impressed us with its quiet, simplistically functional performance and useful features. Starting at the front the refreshingly easy to use magnetic closure for the front door panel was a pleasure to use in addition to being quiet and feeling solid. The unique angular inverted V front panel design and side panel styling are aesthetically pleasing and it was great to see that the temperature readouts and activity indicators not overtly bright or garish.
Conclusion: The NZXT Hades is a great addition to NZXT’s excelent line of computer cases. It was able to cool better than the competition. This is in part due to the large fans included with the case. The side 180mm fan constantly feeds cool air into the case which keeps all of your componets at the lowest possible temperature. The NZXT not only cools great, but it also has some of the best cable management.
Summary: I want to thank NZXT for letting me play around with the Hades. A price check showed that the Hades is selling for $99.99 but with a $20 mail in rebate ($79.99). At this price point, you are going to be hard pressed to find a better case out there. You won’t find many at that price that offer full inside/outside paint, dual built in fan controllers (unless it is in a add-on drive bay slot), and a 3 temperature display.
Summary: The NZXT Hades makes an interesting first impression, but upon closer look, there are simply too many restrictions and shortcomings. For a chassis aimed at the gamer, not having enough clearance for a 120 mm tower cooler is a big "no-go". Fact is, that there are many such CPU coolers on the market and some of the best performing ones have exactly that configuration.
Pros: Sweet looks, Good Price, Good build quality, Black screws and thumb screws, Good airflow, HDD rails with rubber rings, 2.5 inch adapter included, Four fans included, Temperature LCD, Two fan controllers, Pre-routed cables, Plenty of cable routing & hiding possibilities
Cons: Some CPU coolers may not clear side fan., Very flimsy locks - pretty much useless, Complicated way of installing hard drives, No labels on the different temperatures in the LCD display, Bad paint job, Fan blades broke off