NZXT M59 Chassis

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Product: NZXT M59 Classic Mid-Tower Case
Provided By: NZXT
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Introduction:

Today we take a look at one of NZXT’s new cases, the M59 promises good airflow with sleek aesthetics and a painless system installation. It’s a bit of a designing oddity, appealing to mostly the gaming market rather than the home user. But its chock full of features and has some pretty lights.

 

NZXT is going for a little bit of a different look here with this one. Rather than having the standard vertical front face, it looks like those futuristic designs or those funky pictures where everything is jutting out all over the place you know what I mean right? Anyways, the front definitely does not make the case but it sure helps it look good!

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Profile
Side Rear
Side Rear

 

Description:

The following information has been taken from the NZXT product page here.

 

Announcing the M59 gaming chassis. M59 delivers optimal airflow with 5 powerful fans with the option to station two fans on the top(rifle bearing side 120mm LED fan and rear 120mm exhaust included), side intake for GPU cooling, a mesh front panel and a bottom mounted PSU draws cooler air from the bottom of the case. The sleek aesthetics are highlighted by an all black interior and smoked clear window along with a 5.25" stealth bay gives a clean, but powerful presence. NZXT enhances the PC building experience with features that help make the installation process as painless as possible with pre-drilled water cooling holes and punched holes in the motherboard allowing for quick CPU bracket removal and immaculate wire routing. Additional advanced features include space for two SSD drives and higher end 10.5" graphics cards along with an ambient night light sitting over the 5.25" drives for constant visibility in dark rooms or at LAN parties.

 

Specs/Features:

MODEL M59 SERIES
CASE TYPE MID TOWER Black interior chassis
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 190 X 449 X 508 mm
COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 1 x 120mm

SIDE, 1 x 120mm LED fan@1200RPM, 23db/42CFM (included)

TOP, 2 x 140/120mm
REAR, 1 x 120mm, 23db/42CFM (included)

DRIVE BAYS 11 DRIVE BAYS
4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
7 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
MATERIAL(S) Steel Construction
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 6.5 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT


  • Immense Performance: 5 fan capability (side 120mm LED and rear 120mm exhaust included) Included 9-fin rifle bearing NZXT fans rated at 42CFM and 23db
  • Night light: A ambient light sits over the 5.25" drives to give visibility in dark rooms or at LAN parties
  • Black on Black: Smoked clear window and a black interior gives the best combination of black on black
  • Meshed front panel allows for more airflow
  • 5.25" stealth bay to keep a clean look
  • NZXT solid state bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
  • Wire routing: motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing, turned HDD also helps with managing cables
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the back plate
  • Front mounted USB, audio, and ESATA ports
  • Support for external dual radiator at the top of the chassis
  • High end graphics card support, the M59 features space that is especially designed to fit longer 10." cards



Closer Look:

At first glance, there really isn't anything all that special about the case, but it appears to have good airflow and a aggressive front appearance.

 
NZXT M59 Back and Front
Front & Back
 NZXT M59 Top Fans
Top & Side Fans

 

Opening up the case we fine included with the M59 are 2 fans, one 120mm on the window side and one on the back. Expanding its horizons a little 2 140/120mm fans can be placed on the top, as well as one on the front right beside the HDD cage. These make for a total of 5 fans pushing air through the case. NZXT even included an exhaust through the bottom for those fancy Power Supplies like mine ;) and the coolest thing is that it has a removable dust filter!

NZXT M59 Drive cages
Front Inside

NZXT M59 Case Inside
Side Open

 

The case also comes as water cooling ready. Two holes in the back of the case are ready made for the tubes and the top of the case is compatible with even a dual radiator.  This means it's ready for any enthusiast's water cooling setup.

The I/O panel on the front of the case includes two USB ports and audio headphone and microphone ports. Also as the eSATA port grows in capacity more and more cases are starting to adopt it. On the other hand, no Firewire port was included in the design. Sadly this particular format is going the way of the dinosaurs and floppies. The Power button has a ring around it that glows blue, and the reset button has a ring around it that glows green.

 

 

As far as tool-less design goes drive sliders are only included for the hard drives. The optical drives, on the other hand, require screws, thankfully a schwackload of thumb-screws were included for just such an occasion.

The case includes four 5.25” optical drive bays, for fan controllers, optical drives, card readers, and any other paraphernalia that happens to pop up. Storage space isn’t going to be a problem with seven 3.5” HDD bays = 14tb will be enough for even the most power user. Now while there are two floppy drive bays available, don’t get out your floppy drives just yet. The exits for those bays are actually blocked by the front panel I/O. Also these bays are not included in the tool less design, meaning that they require screws, oh what a shame.

Behind the motherboard’s CPU socket there is a large square hole. This makes changing a CPU cooler a whole lot easier, rather than taking out the entire ensemble, all that is required is the removal of both sides of the case to use that hole for the back bracket.


Also, depending on the motherboard design, the case allows for a total of seven expansion cards. When these slots are unused the covers are vented to allow even more airflow to flow through the case without allowing too much dust inside.

 NZXT M59 Accessories
Bundled Gear

NZXT M59 Light Rim
M59 Glow

 

 

The accessories included with the case are pretty standard, manual, motherboard mounts, motherboard screws. However an adapter is included for one 2.5” HDD this is definitely nice in case say a laptop dies and important data is stored on that drive that needs to be saved. Like I stated before a ton of thumbscrews are included along with some pretty useless plastic washers.

If I had to choose one thing that was sexy about this case, it would be the blue light at the top of the front bezel. Just above the top optical drive, a glowing rod of blue runs the width of the case and part way down the sides. This was specifically created to appeal to gamers worldwide, who doesn’t want a nice soft blue glow pimping his/her ride…er…case?

Also on the first 5.25" bay there is an optical drive bay cover, this helps keeps the colors all exactly the same. There is nothing more damaging to the color scheme than having a beige optical drive sitting inside a black case. Most of the time this is only seen with pre-build systems from companies such as Dell or HP, however, NZXT has seen it fit to include one here.


 

Installation:

While the hard drive bays have rails for easy access, they also only fit onto the drive in one direction, and that direction faces the drive backwards so that the SATA and power connector are pointing to the motherboard side of the case. While this is the way to go for cable management, in certain situations this could be slightly less than ideal.

 NZXT M59 Drive Rails
Hard Drive Rails
 NZXT M59 System Installed
Installed

  

While the hard drive bays have rails for easy access, they also only fit onto the drive in one direction, and that direction faces the Motherboard Mountsdrive backwards so that the SATA and power connector are pointing to the motherboard side of the case. While this is the way to go for cable management, in certain situations this could be slightly less than ideal.

Overall the installation was smooth; the M59 provided enough room to work in comfortably. Thumb screws on the ODD and rails on the HDD made the process a little easier. Also the long vertical holes beside the drive cages and the motherboard made running cable slightly cleaner.

The manufacture of the case seemed a bit sloppy however, when the holes for the motherboard mounts were drilled, the paint seems to have been pushed up into a dome overtop the screw hole (see picture above). While this isn’t hard to scrape off with a fingernail it sure makes it annoying having to make sure nothing is stuck inside increasing the probability of a cross-thread.

 

Cooling:

Case Temps - Load

I was very impressed with the cooling inside the case with only two fans I was expecting something somewhat less than the result. While it isn’t as good as some chassis it is still at the top of its game.

The hard drives may get slightly hotter since there isn’t a fan directly cooling them; however, I believe the trade-off is better since the replacement fan is placed on the window side of the case helping move airflow around the video card.

 

Conclusion:

Great case all-in-all, with some good looks to boot! Good cooling makes it an excellent gamers’ chassis with plenty of room for expansion.  It is water cooling ready even with old school water cooling equipment. There is enough room inside for even the longest graphic cards. Cable management is sufficient for most needs and the sweet lighting seals the deal. It even includes a bracket for SSD drives. For 60$ it’s a steal.

 

Some minor flaws plague the case, including the sloppy manufacture of the case. The way the drive rails are placed "backwards" is annoying to me but I realize that this is for better cable management.

Pros:

  • Good Cooling
  • Roomy
  • Pretty Lights
  • Unique Design
  • Water Cooling Ready


Cons:

  • Sloppy Manufacture

 

 

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We'd like to thank NZXT for sending the M59 over for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments that you'd like to post, please do so at the "Comments" link below.