There's a definite trend in CPU air cooling design, one that has cooler makers gravitating towards increasingly bigger heatsinks. The idea is to provide more surface area for heat to dissipate, and we've seen some air coolers that are as big as a softball. NZXT's new Havik 120 moves in the opposite direction and is essentially a shrunken version of the company's Havik 140 cooler.
NZXT's new Source 220 enclosure suggests you don't need a big bankroll to own a brushed aluminum computer case, or even a medium-sized bankroll, or at least it appears that way at a glance. The enclosure purportedly features brushed black aluminum, supports more than half a dozen fans, and dips into budget territory with an MSRP of $55. But is it really made of aluminum?
We're willing to forgive NZXT's cheesy tagline describing itself as "a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide" so long as the case manufacturer keeps kicking out budget boxes with big boy features. On paper, NZXT's Tempest 210 appears to be another chassis that fits the budget bill.
You know parents are the same, no matter time nor place; they don't understand that us enthusiasts need to micromanage airflow in our case. Yeah, we'll leave the lyrical stylngs of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince in the 1980s and focus our attention on what we know best: PCs. Still, the point remains, if you want to micromanage your case's half-dozen fans, NZXT's new Sentry Mix fan controller will allow you to do just that.
NZXT founder and chief designer Johnny Hou will tell you that "The original Tempest was the chassis that really put NZXT on the map for specializing in aggressive airflow." When we reviewed the Tempest, we told you it was a "carbon copy of Antec's Nine Hundred chassis," only it was $50 less expensive at the time and every bit as good, earning it a 9 verdict. Three years later, NZXT is bringing the Tempest back in the form of the 410 and 410 Elite, a pair of midtowers that retain the original's focus on air cooling with modern amenities thrown in.
NZXT’s H2 is a simple-looking case—in fact, simplicity seems to be the overall theme—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In the world of PC building, simple can be good.
The H2 is an ATX mid-tower, constructed of sturdy steel. The side panels (which lack windows or adornment of any kind) are lined with acoustic-dampening foam to keep your hardware quiet. It works well for the most part. We had the case running three fans, and the addition of the side and front panels made the case noticeably quieter.
Cases and cooling go together like peanut butter and jelly, ham and eggs, movies and popcorn, rum and Coke, and everything else that's better with the other. It shouldn't come as a shock to the system, then, that NZXT is releasing its first ever CPU cooler, the Havik 140. With funky looking fins and plenty of heatpipes, NZXT thinks it has a "true game changer" on its hands.
It's a good thing our PCs don't run on gas. This hobby is expensive enough as it is, and that's especially true for gamers. If you're more interested in fragging than Facebook, then that means you'll spend twice, maybe three times as much on the videocard alone. Factor in more RAM, a speedy SSD for ultra fast load times and overall system performance, and high-dollar gaming peripherals, and you can blow through a budget faster than Lady Gaga on tour. NZXT feels your pain, and if you can live with a case that's anything but ostentatious, the company's new Source 210 is about as wallet friendly as it gets.
Case designer NZXT also dabbles in related peripherals, like power supplies, cables, case fans, and fan controllers. The company's latest product -- Sentry Mesh -- is another fan controller, but unlike previous ones in NZXT's lineup, this one is intended to blend in with the growing number of cases sporting a mesh facade.
NZXT has a long history of cranking out funky looking enclosures, though that isn't always the case. The case maker's latest creation is designed to give gamers a silent computing experience so they can concentrate on the in-game action rather than the sounds coming from their PC. Truth be told, the new H2 silent midtower chassis looks lke a modern take on Antec's P182 from a few years back.