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NZXT ADAMAS BLK Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • 3.0/2.0mm Aluminum Construction
  • Includes 4 120mm Fans
  • Supports up to 300 lbs. of weight

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Martin C.
  • 1/28/2010 12:22:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Built Like a TANK!

Pros: Incredibly rock solid construction. Built like a tank. Very solid with nothing flimsy about it at all. If you're going to spend $2000+ on computer gear, you might as well put it in a case that is actually going to provide some protection. No stupid side window either meaning better RF protection.

Cons: The harddrive would fit fine in the cage in the first two slots. But the video card extended beyond the edge of the motherboard so I had to opt for the 3rd or 4th slots to mount the HDD. It wouldn't fit there. The machining of the slots where the HDD fits must be a little off on the bottom two slots verses the top two. It wouldn't slide in. I actually had to take the cage apart and mount the drive in then put the cage back together around the drive.

The rear slots for cards are break out tabs. If you break out one you didn't want to or decide later to switch some cards around, you'll end up with an open slot because you can't close it back up. These should be covers that are attached with screws.

The aluminum face plate over the DVD drive in the first slot is a cool but stupid idea. It can be removed with care though. The first time it sticks when you try to open the drive, there goes your drive. You don't want anything in the way of the opening and closing of the drive--period.

Other Thoughts: I would like to see this with some sound proofing foam added to the top, bottom, and side panels. It's already a quiet case, but it never hurts to be even quieter.

Plenty of ventilation with four fan locations. I went with some quieter fans, so I can't really speak to the stock fans that come with it. They seemed to set up a hum vibration which is annoying over time. It was small, but was there.

I would also like to see a cutout on the metal motherboard mounting panel so I can access the tabs that hold the processor heatsink in place so I don't have to remove the motherboard to change heatsinks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2010 9:11:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPros out-weigh the cons

Pros: 1) SOLID construction. I hate flimsy cases; this thing is a tank. 100% THICK aluminum, but it isn't too heavy surprisingly enough.

2) I personally love the CD drive door/button setup, but it might not work with some drives. Really keeps the front of the case looking good even if you don't have a faceplate for your drive that matches the case. (details below)

3) GREAT number of internal bays for the size of the case. If you have anything as long or longer than a 9 series Nvidia radeon, you are going to loose 1-2 of the hdd bays. But, you can still use the floppy bay, and the external bays (with an adapter).

4) Even though space is pretty tight on the inside, I really didn't have much trouble keeping everything neat.

5) Looks great

Cons: 1) Most cases have a cutout in the motherboard tray so you can install a cpu heatsink backplate while the board is installed. This case DOES NOT. It really isn't an issue, just make sure to put your plate on before you install the board.

2) The two 120mm side fans are positioned a little too far towards the rear of the case, the edges/corner of these fans will interfere with the rear fan area if you have a radiator or anything installed directly behind the rear fan. *** If you are using the corsair h50, you can only use the lower side fan, and then only if you trim one of the screw tabs off of the corner.

3) As small a thing as this is, it was my largest disappointment... The blank strips of metal that cover unused expansion bays are NOT re-usable. You have to physically break them off to remove them. So, if you get rid of an expansion card, you are going to have a hole in the back of your case unless you order some dummy strips from elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: *** The CD bay: You could install a cd drive normally in any of the lower external bays if you want, but there is a unique bay at the very top that does not have a removable face. Instead, it has a hinged door that opens with very little resistance, and a dummy button that is intended to push the physical button on the cd drive behind the case face plate. To install a cd drive, you remove the entire front of the case, install the drive FROM THE FRONT, and tighten it in place so the dummy button on the outside of the case can just depress the real button on the drive. NOTE, this setup will probably only work with standard size drives that have the eject button on the lower right side.

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  • Richard T.
  • 3/27/2009 1:16:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice, solid, bit cramped though.

Pros: Love the look and build of the case. If I run out of ammo, not likely, I could throw this thing at a robber. Great ventilation, and the fans are actually fairly quiet. Easy to take apart on the sides and the whole front peace comes off with a bull of the metal ring you see at the bottom in the pictures. I'm not normally a fan of the swing doors like the one on the top of this case however, unlike others I've had, it aligned really well with the DVD drive.

Cons: It was A chore to get my 9800GTX+ in this thing. It fits but you will have to kinda jimmy it into the HD bay a little. The hard drive was also an extremely tight fit but it got in there. It's heavy duty construction and tight tolerances makes installation a bit troublesome.

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  • Damon H.
  • 3/20/2009 12:14:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI got no complaints

Pros: Thick solid aluminum frame and panels. Very easy access though two latched panels on either side. Plenty of space ( i use very large heat sinks on both the cpu and gpu ). Well placed large fan vents ( i use 4 Noctua 120mm's: silent at low speed, barely a whisper when gaming ). Drive racks are silent, no vibrational noise. Nice feet.

Cons: Stupid front panel I/O access door( i hate all those things on any case, their functional range is invariably passable to broke ). Front panel release is a cool design, but it does not function smoothly on my case, kinda sticks. I like drive bays that can easily be removed from the case. Some of the rear panel drive bay screws are difficult to access.

Other Thoughts: I have never used the installed fans. I know nothing about them. They might be great, i just wanted Noctua. I am very happy with this case. I bought it on sale at a very good price but i believe it is an excellent value at the standard retail price. I believe this is the best value in it's price range and better than many at higher price ranges. Even if only for the thick gauge solid aluminum build.

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  • Harold W.
  • 2/9/2009 1:53:00 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsHard-pressed To Find Better

Pros: Built 2 systems based on this case (One silver, one black). Have used Lian-Li and Silverstone and this one is in a class by itself. Very sturdy, solid construction, very few raw edges. Closely machined tolerances. Extruded aluminum drive bays. Very impressive.

Cons: A bit too tight in some of the drive bays. Had issues fitting in some brands of DVD-RW drives. Full sized CD-ROM bay door a bit flimsy. Side access panels easily dented even though they seem quite thick. Upper side fan had to be removed in once instance to get enough clearance for the video card. Overall it was a bit cramped even when compared to the other mid-sized cases I have dealt with one exception.

Other Thoughts: A larger version of this case would be awesome and I would probably be able to build several a year using it for other people. Will buy more of this size when building for people who aren't looking for high-performance systems with large components. Wish I could find the silver-cased version of this again.

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  • David H.
  • 2/7/2009 3:54:59 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Rock Solid!!

Pros: I wrote the first Newegg review of this case over two years ago. I have since purchased another (3rd) case a few weeks ago. The durability of this case is second to none. It provides excellent cooling, front panel convenience and is still built rock solid. The easy to remove side and front panels provide unfiltered access and the space to route cables behind the drive cages. The case fans are fairly average in dB (noise) level.
When I went to purchase another case, I was unable to find a case that I would even consider buying. I've gotten spoiled with this case. It is pricey but worth every penny. Is $200 so much to ask to protect $3-$4K worth of computer electronics?

Cons: As a Mid Tower, this case is "just" the right size. This means extra large adapters are a snugg fit. My 8800GTX cards just fit (10.5" PMB, 11.03" with bracket). So, check the dimensions of your video card or you may need to get out your Dremel or hacksaw to cut-away part of the drive cage.
If you want more than three 3 1/2" drives and have a sizable video card, you may need to give up the front intake fan or else find some adapter brackets for one of the 5 1/4" inch bays.
The "only" complaint I can wage about this case is that the screw holes for the adapter brackets are easily stripped.

Other Thoughts: NZXT appears to have made some minor improvements since I bought the first two cases.
In my earlier review, I indicated I had rotated the side-panel fans to make it easier to run power cabling. The side-fan cables in the newest case are long enough I didn't have to do this.
Some of the newer hard drives I had purchased were a very tight fit in my first two cases, however they fit perfectly in the newest case.

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  • Bolor D.
  • 9/10/2008 11:52:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice case

Pros: I won this case at a LAN party. Very sweet and solid care. Very sturdy aluminum construction all the way around, the edges are clean and sanded, welds reinforce the frame, and having 4 120mm fans included in the deal was great. Yes, the internal drive bays were tight but my Seagate, Maxtor, and Western Digital drives fit snugly. The CD cover and cover on the front USB/audio/1394 ports makes this a very good looking case and the anodized black paint is very slick. The LEDs are very bright and the switches are solid. I am used to only buying Coolermaster cases and NZXT is now in the same class. Air flow is superb. The side panels are very easy to open and the front panel handle to access the front is the best I've ever seen anywhere. Overall a solid well built case.

Cons: I would recommend NZXT to do these to even improve on what is a very good case:

1) Add a removal motherboard tray.
2) Add a 120mm on the top (water cooled rigs cannot work in this case).
3) The inside unpolished silver aluminum could be upgraded to a more polished or finished look like alot of other manufacturers are doing.
4) Mount the internal hard drives looking outside rather than inside. The drives must be installed first before the motherboard and they are difficult to take out after installation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2008 7:53:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTremendous Value

Pros: Access Panels are secure and well designed affording effort free entry for inspection and cleaning. Cooling is more than adequate. Drives, mother-board, expansion-boards, fans and power-supply fit very well. Front panel cabling is very tidy. Adequate supplied hardware. Exterior finish and lines are lavish. My system utilizes a Sony Component surround sound system for the extensive work in audio and video production. I am delighted to say the finish on this NZXT cabinet matches the brushed anodized finish of the Sony components perfectly.

Cons: Absolutely NONE

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  • Robert P.
  • 7/26/2008 10:53:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1. Side panels easily detached.
2. excellent support and cooperation from NZXT
3. pc components fit good, my first build so I may not know better.
4. sturdy construction
5. front firewire and usb, front fan w/ flter and the easily detsachable panels are what swayed me to get the NZXT Adamas

Cons: 1. Cleaning the front filter is awkward, need to use some strong finger pull to get the front panel off and the latch is at the bottom front under the case making it awkward to stand the case upright, tilt it back and then pull down on the latch and lift the front panel off. Not bad except you need three hands, heh.
2. side fans were blowing air into the case, so NZXT told me it was ok to reverse them except the temps increased 3 degrees C, from 31C to 34C. I expected the temps to get coller with better exhausting.
3. Still get alot of dust buildup inside, and the filter in not easly removable, 4 screws hold it on.
4.The flap door for the cd/dvd writer hides the activity light. the first door broke and NZXT sent me an entire new replacement panel
5. there are not any ridges on the front or sides of the case to grip onto to slide or lift the pc out from under my desk.

Other Thoughts: Researched the variety of case available for a couple months in aprl 2007 and unless another manufacturer offers better today, I still would get it

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  • Shilpa T.
  • 4/9/2008 1:23:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Case

Pros: A very beautiful and solid case that was not especially difficult to work with. CD door and front panel cover leave a nice clean front that looks great. Side panels come off so easily that opening this thing up is a non-issue.

Cons: Tight. I made everything fit but I don't think I could squeeze anything else in it if I wanted to. Read my "other thoughts" section for a description of the absolute maximum number of parts this case will take. Top fan on the side panel must be removed for oversized CPU coolers. Fan screws are low quality and feel like they've been put in with a torque wrench, so they're incredibly difficult to remove without stripping. Any hard drives or other parts that are not absolutely standard size will not fit in their bays as everything is tucked into this case very tightly. Most of these are minor complaints and I am actually very satisfied with this case. The Pros far outweigh the Cons as long as you plan your build around this case's limitations.

Other Thoughts: GeForce 8800 GTS with about 1/4 inch to spare up against HD rack (a straight SATA plug will not work with your HDs, you need a right-angle one. That's how tight this is.) Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatality Premium w/front panel. 2x Seagate SATA 500 GB HD. 2x Optical Drives (DVD/CD burner and normal DVD Drive). Zalman 3.5 inch Fan Controller. Zalman 9700 CPU Cooler. ASUS P5K Premium MoBo (SATA ports are on bottom right corner of MoBo which makes this one of the most cramped and impossible spaces to work in with the large graphics card installed, consider this if your MoBo has a similar layout). I replaced all 3 case fans (after removing the 4th) with Silverstone FM121 fans and this combination of cooling keeps my Q6600 running ice cold at 3.0 GHz.

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