Excerpt: So, how does the Zero 2 compare to the original? Is this an update or a downgrade? After playing with the Zero 2 for about a week, I'd have to say that it is a bit of both. NZXT kept the form factor but changed the case material from aluminum to steel, making it much more robust and almost six pounds heavier.
Excerpt: Every year, vendors continue to push hardware to higher speeds and greater performance levels. These new components always bring with them two key issues -- higher wattage requirements and sometimes increased heat. Having a decent PC case with fans on the back and front panel is adequate for most setups, but those with dual or triple video card configurations and quad-core processors will tell you that more needs to be done to discipate heat from the system.
Summary: NZXT ZERO 2 Case is an affordable case which falls into the budget category. It's only available in black and it's steel except for a few plastic parts. Since it's mostly steel it's really sturdy but this means it's really heavy. It does come with 3 120mm fans so air circulation is great and more fans can be added. There are also lots of drive bays and a tool-less drive bay design. Watch the video to find out more...
Conclusion: NZXT has made some excellent cases in the past and the Zero 2 continues the trend. This well built steel case has plenty of room to accommodate the most feature rich system. With thirteen drive bays you will be hard pressed to fill them all. The supplied fans do an excellent job of cooling but additional fans can be added for more arctic conditions if required.
Conclusion: The lack of removable motherboard tray isn’t a big deal to me, but some might not like it, I also do not like the top mounted connections, I would much rather have them in the front. The Zero 2 sits inside of my kids computer desk and with the connections on the top, it’s a bit hard to access them.
Pros: Lots of room, Very well made, and sturdy design, Easy installation, Excellent cooling abilities
Cons: Mobo tray not removable, Heavy, Top mounted connections
Summary: If you’re a modder or you provide your own fans, you might not mind the slip-shod paint job or the lack of fans here. The Zero is decent for a budget case, and not bad looking. Modders and folks who bring their own fans will appreciate the mounts waiting for them. But compared to the level of detail and build quality of the other cases in this roundup, the Zero doesn’t measure up.
Pros: Low price, decent looks, nine total fan slots.
Summary: We were able to roundup four 120mm fans and a couple of 80mm fans for the openings in the top and bottom of the case. Prior to installing these fans we ran a benchmark with the system using only the front and rear fans on the chassis. We then added all of the fans and did a comparison to see just how much of a difference the additional fans made with respect to the unit overall temperature.
Excerpt: On occasion, we here at JonnyGURU.com take a step out of our normal routine of talking about power supplies, and dive into something different. Well today is one of those endeavors. We are going to take a look at a chassis from NZXT, the Zero 2. The overall look of the Zero 2 chassis, closely reassembles the older sibling, the Zero. So let's dig in and see how the Zero 2 holds up to todays standards.
The NZXT Zero 2 is a pretty powerful chassis for its small size and price. Found available for around $90-$100 this chassis is the best full tower bang for your buck case. Relatively new to the market the Zero 2 supports an external eSATA connection and even supports E-ATX motherboards. Multi GPU users should be excited to know that the quad fan design will give their cards an optimal rate of airflow over the cards.
Excerpt: My last review of a case was a bit on the small side and slightly frustrating when trying to add all the pieces into that puzzle. That's the good thing about what I do, though. Never fear, as something different is just around the corner. This time around, it just so happens to be a full tower case from NZXT; the Zero 2, that is up for discussion.