NZXT Apollo

by Rob Williams on June 20, 2006 in Cases & PSUs

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.

Included extras, Installation

Here is a ‘handful’ of cables that come with the case. The USB, HD Audio, firewire and a few others are very easy to install, because they are wound up into a connector, rather than you having to manually plug in 11 or 12 small little wires into your motherboard.

There is a nice collection of screws that come with the case, in addition to a manual and some HDD clips, which we will get to in a minute..

.. and here we are. This spot can be used for your extra hard drives, or your primary hard drives. Personally, I like to keep my primary HDD in a floppy drive bay, but you may do things differently. If you choose to install in this spot, you will need to use the included HDD clips to secure it into place. This is probably the most common way seen on recent cases.

Notice the honeycomb pattern behind the HDD mount? Here is where you can install a 120mm if you wish, but one doesn’t come included with the case by default. If you had a fan here, you would set it to blow air towards the center of your PC. In the front of the case, very bottom, air can sneak in and up towards this fan. This may be a good idea in the end, to provide better airflow.

The first thing I decided to install were my drives. You can see how they are snapped in place thanks to the plastic side mounts. This works exceptionally well, I have to say.

Next up was my motherboard. The motherboard mounts do not come pre-installed, but no worries. There is a mini legend on the tray that tells you where to place all of them, depending on which type of motherboard you are trying to install.

Here is what it looks like once the mounts are into place:

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an ‘Advocate of the consumer’, focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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