NZXT Whisper Case Review

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Product: NZXT Whisper Case
Provided By: NZXT
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Introduction:

Today we are going to take a look at one of NZXT's latest cases, the Whisper. It claims to have superior cooling and silence, while still providing enthusiasts with the features we want.

 

Specifications:

   
MODEL Whisper SERIES
CASE TYPE FULL TOWER Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL ALUMINUM/PLASTIC
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 211.5 X 521.5 X 562 mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm, 2 x 80mm fans (included)
DRIVE BAYS 6 DRIVE BAYS
6 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
1 3.5" External bracket
9 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel Construction
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 12.3 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: E-ATX ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT

 

 Case front
Case front
 Case Back
Case Back

 


Features:
  • Silent Performance :: 10mm noise dampening foam pads both side panels and the top panel, rubber grommets reduce vibration noise on the Hard Drives, and a padded PSU holder dramatically reduce acoustic levels within the chassis
  • Maximum Expandability :: Space for 9 hard drives and a total of six 5.25" bays with ample room for large expansion cards
  • Simple Installation :: Pre-drilled wire management system makes it easy to route your cables and the screwless installation means you won't be constantly reaching for your tools
  • Advanced Cooling :: Whisper includes 4 fans( 1 x 120mm Blue LED Intake, 1 x 120mm Black Rear Exhaust, and 2 x 80mm Rear Exhaust). Bottom mounted PSU separates the heat given off by the PSU and motherboard

 


 

Thoughts / Impressions:

The case itself is huge, I couldn't believe my eyes, 521.5 mm doesn't seem high at first glance but when you put it into perspective that is more than half a meter high! I thought the M998 case was high but the Whisper is actually about an inch taller! 

 Comparable Size
Comparable Size
 Case Door
Case Door

 

The door on the front is nothing special, the power button is usable when the door is shut but everything else is behind, so if the optical drives get used a lot it may become annoying.


The I/O panel is not behind the door however and is conveniently located at the top of the case via a pop out panel. This is very handy especially when you want to leave something plugged in for a while so then the door can close without hindrance. It did feel like it could break off very easily if the right pressure was applied.

 IO Panel
IO Panel

 

Inside the case there is padding in the case side for silence, it definitely doesn't add anything to the aesthetics but without any windows who really cares? We will also take a look at cooling later in the review, that padding could potentially trap a lot of heat.

 In-Case Padding
In-Case Padding
 Inside
Inside

 

In the huge amount of space inside the case there are 7 HDD bays, each come equipped with screw holes available for both 2.5" and 3.5" drive bays. As well as rubber rings to decrease vibrations from the HDDs.  The case also came with an impressive display of accessories to it, tons of screws for HDDs, a rubber rectangle for the PSU vibrations, and even a tiny speaker.

 

Installation:

Getting the system into the case was really easy; the holes for the Motherboard mounts were all labeled so that even a beginner could do it. The cable management system was really handy as well, an experienced system builder would be able to have everything tucked away so that no one would be able to see them, fortunately even for beginners such as myself it was fairly easy to figure out. 

The hard drive trays are kept separately from the motherboard, right beside the power supply, this helps keep out the clutter of cables from crisscrossing over the motherboard. It also makes it easy to hide cables behind the HDD trays.


 

Performance:

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.

 

 Temperatures - m998
Temperatures - Whisper
Temperatures - Whisper
Temperatures - M998

 

Speaking of silence, I was disappointed in this case, although I am used to the really quiet Noctua fans.  There are 4 stock fans in this case and is quite loud. It isn't as loud as an Xbox 360 but definitely noticeable.

 

Conclustion:

The NZXT looks like a server chassis with no window, and some pretty loud fans, but it makes up for those flaws with some impressive specifications. Being very large it is easy to work in, but may not fit in the cubby hole in a desk very easily. A minimalistic outside makes it the perfect case for a computer that isn't looked at very much but my suggestion is to look elsewhere for a pretty case that would proudly be displayed for all to see.

Pros:

  • 7 hard drive bays
  • Pop-up I/O panel
  • Silence padding
  • Minimalistic View 
  • Toolless design

 

Cons:

  • Louder than it claims
  • No window
  • Not very good for Cooling.

 

BCCRating

 

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