Introduction (Cont’d)

In Figure 5, you can see the top panel from this case. It comes with a place for you to install an optional 80 mm fan. We wonder why NZXT chose the 80 mm size. We think the top fan should be at least 120 mm for reducing noise level and increasing airflow. Another problem is that the place for installing the 80 mm fan is meshed using small holes and not totally opened. This blocks a significant part of the airflow when an 80 mm fan is installed. They could have used the same system they used on the rear panel (open hole with an add-on metallic grill).

NZXT Zero 2Figure 5: Top panel.

A good thing about this case is that its connectors are not located behind the door but on the top of the case (see Figure 6). This case comes with an eSATA port, which is great. It comes with only two USB ports and they are located too close to each other, preventing you from installing two “fat” USB devices at the same time. We think NZXT could have done a better job on choosing the location of the connectors. It seems that they were put at a random location, with no care.

NZXT Zero 2Figure 6: Available connectors.

The rear panel from Zero 2 can be seen in Figure 7. It uses the standard ATX layout with the power supply going on the top part and seven expansion slots. What is different here is the presence of two 120 mm fans and not only one. What is great about these fans is the fact that the holes where they go are completely opened, providing the best airflow possible. Both come with an add-on metallic grating to protect you from getting hurt and also in order to prevent small objects to fall into the fans.

NZXT Zero 2Figure 7: Rear panel.

All fans that come with this case have both the standard peripheral power plug and the smaller three-pin power connector, allowing you to install them on your motherboard in order to monitor their speed. NZXT, however, doesn’t say at what speed they spin.

The left side panel can be removed using two thumscrews but the right panel is fastened to the case using regular screws.

Now let’s take a look inside Zero 2.

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