Author: Stephen Duffin
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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NZXT has put out this new case to appeal to a larger market on a stretched budget. Packed full of high end trappings the Beta is a very straight forward box that some may find suitable for their needs or wants.
The Beta is part of the Classic Series of cases from NZXT so don't expect a whole lot of bling; this is a down to earth, function over form mid-tower chassis. NZXT has been coupled with both quality and value in the past.
There is an old saying "you get what you pay for" -- I hope this is not the case here, no pun intended. The Beta is a strict budget case and I hope it doesn't fall short of what NZXT is trying to do. In fact I admire their spunk. So let's get into this budget build and see how the Beta holds up.
MODEL Beta Series
CASE TYPE Mid Tower Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL PLASTIC
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 200 X 430 X 501 mm / 7.87" x 16.9" x 19.7"
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120mm Blue LED (included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm (optional)
SIDE, 2 x 120mm (optional)
DRIVE BAYS 9 DRIVE BAYS
4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
5 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with black finish
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 7.28 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT
The Beta has a very classic look, a simple straight forward design its front bezel is comprised of plastic and a metal mesh where the optical disc drive bays are located. There are four external 5.25" drive bays each with a dust filter to minimize the dust and increase air flow. The covers for the drive bays are removed just by pulling on the small tab and pushing them out of the front of the bezel.
The left hand side of the Beta has the capability to mount two optional 120mm intake fans. The right side is just a flat panel.
The rear of the case has seven expansion slots, two pre-drilled holes with grommets for a water cooling loop, the power supply mounting bracket, I/O shield for the motherboard and an optional 120mm or 80mm exhaust fan.
The top of the chassis has the typical I/O Panel Mic Headphone 2X USB and e-SATA ports. The power and reset switches are located at the middle of the chassis just below the optical disk drive bays.
The ODD's are installed by removing the plastic front bezel by pulling from the bottom handle, and sliding in the drives into their locations.
The drives are held into position by a tool-less retention system, simply align the holes of your drive with the holes in the bay and put on the retention bracket and twist the knob to secure it.
The HDD's are tool-less as well just put a rail on either side of your hard disc drive and slide into the bay of your choice. It is worth mentioning here that the HDD's mount backwards in to the bays so the power and data cables are facing the left hand side of the chassis.
Being a mid-tower dose not leave much room for installing the motherboard onto the mobo tray especially if you are installing a full sized ATX board. This chassis only comes with a note for installation of the components telling you to logon to their website for detailed instructions.
To test the NZXT Beta I will be taking temperatures of our setup running inside the case at idle and in load states, in degrees Celsius. I will be using the programs Speed Fan and Core Temp to monitor the system, and Prime 95 to create the highest temps possible. Each test will be run for 30 minutes. Ambient room temperature is set at 20 degrees Celsius.
• Processor: AMD 5000+BE
• Motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum
• Memory: Kingston economy 667 MHz
• Video Card: Sapphire 3650 HD
• Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S183L
• CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken
• OS: Windows 7 64bit
• Power Supply: TAGAN TG530-U15
• Hard Drive: Western Digital 320 Gigs
As you can see the Beta warms up but that is understandable due to the fact that there is only one fan included in this package. That being considered the temperatures really are not that bad, so by adding the additional fans obviously the temps would drop and you may find yourself with a very decent case for a great price.
Anyone looking for a name brand case to place their rig in but is on a tight budget needs to look no further. NZXT has come up with their new case to cover the economic stresses that we all face today. The Beta is a very basic box that has some cooling potential if you choose to put a few more dollars in to it.
The only complaints I have regarding this case is the fact that it does not come with any exhaust fans, or extra intake fans but keeping in mind that this is a budget case I can only assume that this was done to keep the price down for consumers. On the other hand it probably would have been cheaper for NZXT to put in an extra 120mm exhaust fan in rather than for the public to go and get one if they didn't have one to place in the chassis already. Maybe instead of painting the inside of the case it would have been more prudent to supply an extra fan or two. As this case comes stock I would not recommend running your rig without placing the optional fans in it to maintain stability.
For the most part this case does have some nice features like dust filters and tool-less retention features for your HDD's and ODD's, predrilled holes for a water cooling loop, and not to forget the painted finish of the inside of the chassis. The Beta is a sturdy well built case but I still get that budget feel from it. In my personal opinion when you purchase a case it is to not only to give you the desired effects. like the cooling or style but that sense of 'wow', and the Beta just doesn't deliver that to me personally.
Weighing in at 14lbs empty and 29lbs loaded the Beta is a relatively light case to maneuver around. At a price point of only 50 US dollars you do get a very good case with major branding behind it. As for myself the Beta leaves me sitting on the fence, on the one hand you have some nice features that you get with the higher-end cases but it doesn't deliver that WOW factor I look for when I choose a chassis for myself -- so I will just leave this one up to whomever decides to purchase it for themselves.
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