by Rob Williams on June 20, 2006 in Mid-Tower
Building a new rig and can’t find a case that screams ‘gamer’? NZXT is a rather new company that’s making a splash in the case market, and they are releasing yet another new creation. This one is feature packed, looks great and it won’t even hurt the wallet.
When it comes to computer cases, NZXT has some of the most unique on the market. All of their cases are designed with gamers in mind, and it shows. I took a look at their Lexa case back in February, and gave it a deserving 9 out of 10. I still use the case to this day and can honestly say, it’s a great case that’s built to last. I cannot immediately think of a single thing I don’t like about the case, which is something rare.
NZXT will soon be releasing yet another eye catching model, called the Apollo. Some Canadian outlets seem to have the case in stock now, but it may be a few more weeks before they hit e-tailers in the US. Because I have been so pleased with the Lexa, I couldn’t wait to tear this one out of the box. It has a nice set of features, so lets get right to business.
- Steel chassis
- Screwless design
- Standard dual 120mm silent fans
- Intel hd and ac 97 audio support for 7.1 and 5.1 audio systems
- Support for 4 internal hard drives
- Magnetic closing door
- Usb 2.0 and firewire support
- Model: Apollo
- Case Type Mid Tower Full Size Steel Chassis
- Dimensions (W x H x D) 218X438X536 mm
- Front, 1 X 120 mm (Optional)
- Rear, 1 X 120 mm Fan
- Side Panel, 1 X 120 mm Blue LED Fan
- Drive Bays 10 Drive Bays
- 5 External 5.25″ Drive Bays
- 1 External 3.5 ” Drive Bays
- 4 Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays
- Screwless rail design
- Material Secc Steel Design
- Expansion Slots 7
- Power Supply 400W PS2 ATX 12V ( OPTIONAL )
- Weight 7.2 KGS (W/O Power)
- Motherboard Support ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT
One thing that caught my attention quick, was the fact that the case not only provides standard AC’97 audio, but also Intel HD. It also includes 2 large 120mm fans, which are effectively used to export hot air out of your PC quickly. The chassis is made of steel also, which assures great durability. So, this case has a lot to offer, so now it’s time to see if it’s all executed properly.
The case arrived in a tall cardboard box… there was no denying a case was inside. After opening, the actual retail box was inside. This was great to see, because it guaranteed that the case and box survived shipping. It’s no ordinary box either. It portrays a futuristic scene which gives the idea that this is how the case should also be regarded. The Apollo comes in Black, Blue, Orange and Silver. The color you receive is marked on the box, alongside with the feature and specification listings.
After opening, you see the front panel of the case. It’s protected with thick styrofoam pieces, so even if the case had a rough ride to it’s destination, it shouldn’t affect it. And it didn’t. As you can see in the picture, there was a huge poster inside, which I figured were instructions. Nope. NZXT included a large poster of the same scene that was on the box. Sadly, the poster does not come with the case, but you can still receive one. I will tell you later, how ;)