NZXT Gamma Classic Series Case - Installation and Final Thoughts

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NZXT Gamma Classic Series Case
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Installation and Final Thoughts

System Installation:

The NZXT Gamma doesn't have a removable motherboard tray and on this case I find that a bit of a pain.  The motherboard sits very close to the top of the case and the 8-pin power connector is pretty hard to reach up in the top corner.  If the heatsink is installed after the board is installed, it makes the power connector easier to work with, but the heatsink is still difficult to install.  In terms of convenience, it's a lose-lose situation.   The Optical Disk Drives and other 5.25" devices are installed with thumbscrews and the HDDs are tool-less and screw-less.  In short, drive installation is a snap.

ODD Installation
ODD Installation
HDD Installation
HDD Installation

 

When I installed a system into this case, I used the very large Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W PSU and everything fit perfectly.  Even though this is a mid-tower, there is a lot of room inside for long graphics cards as well as long power supplies.  In the end, cable management was pretty decent and I was able to put in a Radeon HD4870, a Creative X-Fi Platinum, 2x 640GB Hard Drives, a DVDRW and a few other bits, while still keeping the system looking pretty tidy.

Side Open Installed
Installed Side Off

 

There is still a lot of room in this case for additional hardware - including quite a few more hard drives and three more 5.25" devices.  In the end, the case is very roomy, but the cheap flimsy side panels don't inspire a lot of confidence for loading this case to the max.  I believe that it could hold it, but without any intake fans for HDD cooling, or extra exhaust fans, the gear would get pretty toasty if crowded.

Side Installed
 Side Installed
Front Profile Installed
Front Profile Installed  

 

Final Thoughts:

Rear Proile Installed In conclusion, it's pretty hard not to like this case - especially when you consider the price.  For $50, you're not going to find a better case that can hold a bunch of drives, support long graphics cards, hold a monster PSU and provide excellent ventilation and easy heatsink installation (hole in motherboard tray).  While it seems like it should clearly be a winner, there are a couple of drawbacks that keep it from getting top honors.  First, the case feels quite flimsy.  We had no issues with it during testing, but the side panels are very thin and can be easily bent if you're not careful.  Second, while ventilation is plentiful, you'll have to drop another $50 on fans in order to keep this case well ventilated - and that doesn't make it a bargain anymore.  

 

If this case came with one extra fan, it would honestly help the overall score as it could be used to provide fresh air intake and cooling for the hard drives.  As it stands, I'd recommend putting a fan in the front before you load up the drive racks.  This will prevent cooking your drives in the plastic rails.

 

Pros:

  • Great Price and Value for a basic case
  • Filters on rear PSU intake and front drive covers
  • Tool-less support for five hard drives 
  • Adequate cable management
  • Hole in motherboard tray for HSF bracket installation
  • Good ventilation options

 

Cons:

  • Side panels feel very flimsy
  • Only one fan included - hard drives get hot
  • Crowded at top for large HSF installation

 

BCCRating

As you can see, the "Pros" do in fact outweigh the "Cons" and while this case does have a few issues, it is still a decent choice.

I'd like to thank NZXT for firing over this case for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.