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 continues to expand the fleet of computer cases in 2010 with the new Hades Crafted Series 9 Bay Black mid-tower case. NZXT has designed one more mid-tower case with as many as possible places to mount large chassis fans without overdoing it. The unique look is unlike most on the market today with a unique front panel to assist with hiding your ROM drive, but keep a sinister look.
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 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.
Excerpt: Sartre said that hell is other people. We don’t know about that, but we know what Hades is—a steel mid-tower chassis that’s full of surprises, nearly all of them pleasant. At 7.9 inches wide by 16.9 inches high by 19.7 inches deep, the Hades is skinnier than the Zalman Z7 Plus , though otherwise similar in size. It’s all black, inside and out, and the motherboard tray includes a CPU backplate cutout as well as rubber-rimmed cable-routing cutouts.
Pros: LCD temperature readouts; four fans; rubber-rimmed cable-routing cutouts; painted interior.
Cons: Cramped quarters; hard drive mounting system is difficult.
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
Summary: The NZXT Hades case is not the largest mid-tower case on the market and it makes system installation a little more cramped than some other cases we've looked at recently. In the end, there is nothing that is glaringly wrong; it is simply that with the motherboard pushed to the very top of the chassis the top row of screws isn't as simple to install as it could be.
Pros: "Nine" Drive Bays, Included Temperature Monitor & Fan Controller, Excellent Ventilation, Filtered Air Intakes, Good Cable Management
Cons: Crowded at Top of Case, One Unusable Bay, Door Blocks Fan Controllers and Must be Shut to view temperature
Summary: NZXT Hades is a good option for the user that wants a case full of features (including speed control for the fans and a digital thermometer) but can’t or doesn’t think it is worthwhile buying a more expensive model. For its great cost/benefit ratio we are giving it our Golden Award seal.