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NZXT Apollo Gaming Case

Manufacturer: NZXT
Supplied by: NZXT
Estimated Price: $70 ($90 w/400W PSU)

by Brian Tiller (7/18/2006)

Introduction

A couple of months ago I had the chance to look over the Lexa case from NZXT. This was the first case from NZXT that I had reviewed and I was very impressed with it's design, innovation and creative thought that went into it. While NZXT is a fairly new chassis designer they have built a solid reputation in a very short time. Today, I've got my hands on their newest case, the Apollo. I have to be honest and tell you that from my review of the Lexa, I have very high expectations of this case so let's see if NZXT has produced another winner.

Specifications:

  • Construction: Steel w/ plastic front bezel

  • Observed dimensions: 218 x 440 x 538mm

  • Observed weight: 6.8kgs

  • Drive bays: (5) 5.25" external
                    (1) 3.5" external
                    (4) 3.5" internal

  • Screw-less drive bay and expansion card design

  • Front (side) access ports

  • Support for Intel's HD audio and AC '97 audio hookups

  • (2) Included 120mm fans

  • "See-through smoked acrylic for 5.25" LCD devices"

  • Expansion slots: 7

  • Optional 400W power supply (not included here)

  • Motherboards: ATX, micro-ATX, Baby AT

  • Colors: Blue, black, silver, orange

Unlike the Lexa case, the Apollo is a steel construction, but it's still pretty light for a steel case. The color that we opted for was orange (I've never had an orange case before) and to be honest I was expecting something gaudy. Instead, what we have is more of a "burnt" orange color and I have to say I find it quite appealing.

The front of the case bears a very slight resemblance to their older Guardian case with the protruding front bezel door. It's more muted in design, but it still has that basic "in yer face" impression.


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