Antec NSK4480 Case Review

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Opening NSK4480

The way this case is opened is very different from traditional cases. The side panels aren’t screwed to the rear case. To remove them you need to unscrew the top panel and then slide the panels up. Even though this case is targeted to the mainstream market, this case uses thumbscrews to hold the top panel, feature only seen on high-end cases.

Antec NSK-4480 CaseFigure 5: Removing the top panel.

Antec NSK-4480 CaseFigure 6: Removing the side panel.

Even though you can remove the right panel (the panel behind the motherboard) the metallic plate where the motherboard is installed is permanently attached to the case, so you can’t remove it to facilitate the motherboard installation.

The left side panel (the panel you remove to build your PC) has a small mesh and a duct to improve internal airflow, matching Intel’s Chassis Air Guide Design 1.1 (translation: the correct requirement for mini-tower cases). You can adjust the height of the duct to better match the CPU cooler you are using, as this duct is used for improving CPU ventilation (read our How to Correctly Assemble PCs with Pentium 4 Prescott tutorial for an in-depth look at the role of this side duct). You can also attach an 80 mm fan to this duct, if you’d like (this fan doesn’t come with the case).

Antec NSK-4480 CaseFigure 7: Side duct.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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