by William Kelley on February 22, 2010 in Mid-Tower
You might know Hades as being the God of the Underworld, but after taking a look at this chassis, you might begin to think he was the God of the “Meshworld”. Yes, there’s a lot of mesh used here, along with stark angles, creative lighting and a smart design that delivers fantastic cooling performance. But, can it unseat CM’s 690 II?
Inside the HDD mounting area and behind the other over-sized intake fan we see another nice touch included with the Hades. Since you need to use 5 ¼” to 3 ½” adapters for all your hard drives, NZXT also gives you a hard plastic dual 2.5mm drive adapter for those new SSD drives you definitely want.
Above this area we see the included tool-less mounts for up to 6 5 ¼” devices. The front of the case allows four external devices to be mounted here with the other two available internally. The mounts are quite secure and very simple to use. A simple twist of the knob locks and unlocks your devices. Unlike many other tool-less designs, there are mounts for both sides of the drive.
A close-up also shows the large grommeted openings for passing through your case wiring. The oval shaped holes have a ton of room to run everything behind the motherboard tray to keep things tidy as to not obstruct that gigantic intake fan.
The power supply is isolated from the floor of the chassis by four rubber feet. I love to see all these noise-reduction features, as I have seen cases costing over twice as much as the Hades skimp in these vital areas, and their noise performance suffered.
The rear 120mm exhaust fan and the top mounted 140mm fan cradle the CPU area quite closely. It’s hard to see from this picture, but there is a pass through up behind the top fan for the EPS power connector. This fan is placed too close to the motherboard for my tastes, and does cause some interference issues when it comes to installing parts.
As stated earlier, there is room for dual 120mm or 140mm fans on the roof of the case. The large open grating allows for easy airflow with minimal turbulence.
The backside of the motherboard tray sports stamped wire tie-downs which are very nice to have when it comes time to zip-tying everything into place. There is plenty of space back here for all of the wiring.
There is a nice bundle of hardware included. There are 3 adapters for HDD’s, tape for the temperature diodes, motherboard hold-downs and screws, thumbscrews for the HDD adapters, BIOS speaker, panel locking tab and a small handful of zip-ties. The included instruction sheet is somewhat lacking, but it does the job well enough.
With a look at the Hades out of the way, let’s continue along to installation and testing.