Conclusion: After using the Whisper for a few weeks I have to say the name fits. This is one of the quietest PC cases that I have encountered. Other than the sound of an occasional DVD being accessed I could barely tell when it was on. Although I prefer the PSU on top cases more because generally I find the power supply cables are not long enough for the motherboard connectors in most cases.
Summary: A PC case is just a place where your system is right? Just a housing for the components right? The average person out there is more than happy with a stock case from one of the big manufacturers, most aren’t that well made and they’re usually very loud. Luckily for those of us that desires a bit more, or even build our own systems there are companies out there that make quality cases, one such company is NZXT.
Pros: Well made, Easy access to drives, Decent cooling, Places to route cables, Lots of room inside
Excerpt: The NZXT Whisper doesn't have all the flash of a traditional gaming case, but its striking look and powerful sound-killing capabilities make it just right for the aurally sensitive enthusiast.
Pros: Very good noise-dampening capabilities, Tons of expansion room
Cons: Does not run completely silently, Case size and layout may cause some trouble for cable routing, Power button easy to hit accidentally
Excerpt: In the quest for silencing a computer system, we often focus on noise sources such as CPU coolers and case fans. But what if the case itself can aid in reducing noise? NZXT, makers of a wide range of computer products, has developed a new case, the NZXT Whisper Series Case, which has added features to reduce computer noise. Will this case live up to its name and be as quiet as a whisper? Let’s find out in this review.
Summary: The case didn't perform as well as my M998 in terms of cooling, but keep in mind that the M998 case has Noctua fans installed rather than the regular stock fans. They not only push more airflow but also are much more silent.
Conclusion: The Whisper is a very sturdy and well built product designed to please users who value the acoustics performance above all else and want a classic, simple looking case. The layout combined with the number of drives and components it can house makes it ideal for large HTPCs, file servers and small to average sized workstations. It can easily accommodate a gaming system as well and because of the length of the motherboard compartment all GFX cards will easily fit.
Conclusion: Despite the retail box having been battered during shipping, the presentation NZXT puts forth is excellent. You won't see flashy gaming artwork but instead a subdued and elegant styling to it that is in line with it's "Whisper" name. Care is also taken in the packaging of the case. The case itself also lends itself to sophisticated and elegant styling. Something I appreciate a lot and therefore gave it high marks in that category.
Pros: Very quiet operation, Insulating foam on side panels, Attractive design, Plenty of hard drive bays, Accommodates E-ATX motherboards and long video cards, Front e-SATA port, Tool-less retainer
Cons: Cooling performance, Only full length devices can be installed in external bays (ie, no fan controllers, etc), Shallow door clearance, Limited cable management options, No firewire port, IO Panel locking mechanism
Summary: The NZXT Whisper is certainly a more spacious case than the Hush, and from most cases around its price range as well. It is very sturdy and well-built, while it can house a very large number of drives and components. Separating the case into two compartments is a clever idea as it allows for a more organized and tidy layout, meaning more components can be installed and reducing the heat transfer between them.
Summary: The NZXT Whisper is a nice looking enclosure, but the big selling point of this unit is not the design. NZXT sells the case - as the name implies - as a perfect basis for silent computing. The used sound dampening materials are one of the big features, aiming to convey the fact that you will have a noticeably quieter PC when using the Whisper.
Pros: Heavy duty construction, Aluminum plate on door, Sound dampening included, Plenty of space for external drives and many hard drives, Space for eATX boards, Nice lighting, Compartment design of the interior, All four fans included, Power & Reset buttons can be accessed with closed door, 3.5 inch to 5.25 inch drive bay adapter included, Screw-less design for external drives, Removable hard drive trays
Cons: Pricey, Noisy fans negate the sound dampening feature, Bland interior - server roots obvious, Many PSUs require extension cables due to case layout - not included, Mainboard compartment quite compact for the case size, Screw-less system does not hold too well, Plastic top I/O construction very fragile, Hard drive trays quite fragile, Extremly small water tubing holes, No cable hiding possibilty, Almost no cable routing options