NZXT Khaos Case Review


Khaos is a top-notch all-aluminum full-tower case from NZXT featuring eleven 5.25” bays, eight internal 3.5” bays (in two hard disk drive cages, each cage using three 5.25” bays), three 120 mm fans, one 140 mm fan and space for installing three more fans in the middle of the case. Is it worth paying USD 400 for this case? Let’s see.

The material used is really top notch, with the front panel using a 3-mm thick aluminum and the internal parts using a 2-mm thick one. The side panels have a mesh in the middle, helping on the ventilation. This case also has a set of wheels on the front and a handle on the back to help you move it around. As you can see, Khaos doesn’t have a door.

NZXT KhaosFigure 1: NZXT Khaos case.

NZXT KhaosFigure 2: NZXT Khaos case.

In Figure 3, you can see the front panel from this case. This case has a total of eleven 5.25” bays and on its default configuration the bottom six bays come with two hard disk drive cages installed, each one taking three bays. You can see the 120 mm fans that come attached to each cage. The mesh in front of each fan is permanently attached to each cage, so they come out when you remove the cage. We will discuss more about this later, of course.

The top two 5.25” bays come with “fake” covers for optical drives, which is great: your optical drive will be installed behind these masks making its “face” to be all aluminum. You can even install a beige drive that it won’t make any difference to the aesthetics of the case, as the mask will cover it. You need to remove the front panel to install optical drives, as we will explain later.

This case comes with a 5.25”-to-3.5” adapter for you to install a floppy disk drive, not shown on the picture.

NZXT KhaosFigure 3: Front panel.

In Figure 4, you can see the bottom panel from this case, where you can see the wheels and the ventilation holes for the power supply, as it is installed on the bottom of the case.

NZXT KhaosFigure 4: Bottom panel.

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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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