NZXT M59 Case Review

Author: Stephen Duffin
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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NZXT has been in the personal computer game for a while, putting out many different styles and classes of chassis. As of late it seems that not only NZXT but all manufacturers have been putting out some decent chassis 'on the cheap' for the thrifty builder.

The aesthetics of your case is the first thing we all see and first impressions are just that. You want it to stand out in a crowd, and the M59 does this in spades. With its wavy front bezel and clear plexi side panel it gives a first impression that cannot be denied. It isn't boisterous  or lifeless but it leaves you scratching your head. It is always a gamble to market a product with styling as wild as this and this is one of those designs that you either love or hate.

Designed for gamers the NZXT M59 may be a budget chassis but it is packed with a overabundance of top end offerings. It is these options and the great build quality that that NZXT produces time and time again not to mention the rock bottom prices. So lets dive into the M59 and see how it functions, and if NZXT has produced another winner.

 

The shape of the front bezel is unique: it is a wavy design that is made of plastic and embedded with mesh along the entire center of it to allow greater airflow into the chassis. Starting at the top there are four 5.25" drive bays one of which is plastic and hides the first drive -- NZXT calls it the "Stealth bay". Just above the first drive bay there is a clear plastic strip which lights up, giving off a blue color which illuminates the drives. As we keep moving down the bezel we come to the I/O Panel which houses power, reset, Mic, headphone jacks, USB X2 and an e-Sata port.

 


The right side of the case has a very nice smoked plexi glass window with an included 120mm intake fan. The fan doesn't have any sort of filter included, but the mesh that is there has very small holes and may help with filtering to some degree. ( The side window on the sample I received was not installed very well and was just flopping around loosely. After adjusting the pins it seemed okay) The left hand side panel is just an ordinary flat panel with a small indentation to use as a handle.

The back of the case has a bottom mounted PSU bay, seven expansion slots that are perforated for extra ventilation, 120mm exhaust fan as well as the I/O Panel for the motherboard and two pre-drilled holes with rubber grommets for an external water cooling loop. The top of the chassis has room for two optional 120/140mm intake fans or a radiator for a water cooling loop.

When you remove the right side cover and take a look into the M59 for the first time you should be pleasantly surprised to see a completely painted interior giving a very fine finished look. The motherboard tray is the second thing that I noticed. NZXT has provided a very large hole in it to remove the back plate off the motherboard if you need to change it out due to adding a larger CPU cooler that requires a beefier back plate.

 

The hard disk drive rack is capable of holding seven drives or six plus two SSD's using the optional rack mount that sides into one of the drive bays. All of the hard drives can be mounted using the tool-less retention system provided. The optical disc drives are inserted from the front of the chassis by removing the front bezel and sliding them into position, they are fastened into place with thumb screws.

All of your peripherals are installed like normal and are held into position with regular Phillips screws. At the base of the chassis the PSU mounts at the bottom and has a filter underneath of the case which can be slide out and washed. 

To test the NZXT M59 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 17 degrees Celsius.
System:

• Processor: AMD Phenom 1 9650
• Motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum
• Memory: 4 gigs Corsair  1250 MHz
• Video Card: Sapphire 4850
• Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S183L
• CPU Cooler: Evercool Buffalo
• OS: Windows 7 64bit
• Power Supply: OCZ 600W
  Hard disk drive: 500 gig WD

The M59 functionally speaking is a very decent case. It sustains good temperatures stock from the factory, and can only improve when you add the additional fans. The style or aesthetics of the chassis took some getting used to for me, but it finally won me over, as it will anyone else whom buys it I'm sure.

NZXT has thrown in many features like the night light above the optical disc drive bays, the finished interior, and the SSD drive carriage into the M59, plus a few others. These are some of the great features that stand out in my mind. Price-wise with the feature set provide in this package makes the M59 a winner in my books, although there were a few things that could have been improved upon.

One thing that really could be improved was the fasteners for the plexi window. When I received it was pretty loose and I had to set it in place so it wouldn't flop about. The wire management system could also use some tweaking -- if they had made a bigger gap behind the motherboard tray and the left hand side panel it would have worked much better.

For a $60 USD chassis you're going to get one of the better chassis available for the price bracket with a big brand name behind it. Weighing a meager 14lbs empty it isn't too bad to move around either. For anyone on a tight budget I would recommend taking a look at this case for its full feature set and infectious styling. 

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