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Item#: N82E16811146049

NZXT Khaos Series CS-NT-LEXA-BLB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Full Tower
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the NZXT CS-NT-LEXA-BLB

Model

Brand
NZXT
Series
Khaos Series
Model
CS-NT-LEXA-BLB

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, Micro ATX, BABY AT

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
5
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA

Cooling System

120mm Fans
2 x 120mm LED front fans
1 x 120mm LED rear fan
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm top fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
24.1" x 8.9" x 23.5"
Weight
34.6 lbs.

Features

Features
Complete aluminum build with arching side panels and a symmetrical design
Thick aluminum built using welding technology to further strengthen the structure
Allows a total of 7 fans with a triple 120mm center bracket creating a wind tunnel and moving air through the center of the chassis
Dual power PSU support and start-up cable, manage costs by using lower wattage PSUs and splitting the power
Handle and wheel to move the chassis
Eight hard drive support

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Paul B.
  • 9/25/2010 7:05:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNZXT Khaos Update-2 years later

Pros: Easy to vacuum front fan filters. No broken functional items. Side covers easy to remove and replace without having to hold down the case.

Cons: None to add from previous review

Other Thoughts: Changes:
Decided to buy a Dell 24" HDMI monitor instead.

Observations from other posts:
When working with aluminum, most mechanics know not to overtighten threaded aluminum. Messing up threads is a technician issue.

A person with buyers remorse for paying too much for a product shouldn't reflect that in a review, after all they knew how much it cost upfront.

Not planning ahead for fitment issues is not the fault of an inanimate object. After all, we're the one with the brain.

Poor research on a product is what will make you unhappy if it doesn't meet your needs/standards.

Final note:
Still the best designed case I own, (including Alienware) even with a couple of screw issues that were fixable. Sometimes, you actually do get what you pay for.

P.S. I am not on their payroll, just incase you are wondering.

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  • William M.
  • 7/24/2010 10:42:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the Enthusiast

Pros: Bought this from another website but figured I would post my review here since most people shop for computer parts here.

-Lots of room
-Front Panel cables are of good length
-Solid Construction being made entirely of aluminum with no plastic at all other than the fans
-Sheik design
-Airflow is phenomenal
-Flip out motherboard tray is unique

Cons: Not really Cons but were enough to leave me frustrated even though I have experience with cases. I can only imagine the newbie trying to tackle this behemoth. But the case itself being made entirely out of metal has no give to it and if you strip a screw which I did to several it hinders your options and leaves you frustrated. The things I wish that could be changed:

-Cable Management; there is next to none in this case
-Steel screws so they don't strip when you get the ones that have been tightened by the mighty thor.
-Hard drive cage was defunct out of the box and lost a hard drive due to it becoming impossibly lodged in the cage.
-Seems like everything you need to in order to install your parts requires removing several screws that are unnecessary .

Other Thoughts: I looked at this case and reviewed it online for several weeks and decided to use it to replace my coolermaster csx that I so dearly loved but had poor ventilation and had seen better days. I knew what I was getting into and believe me this case is not for the faint of heart. Prepare to spend 3-4 hours installing parts and brushing up on your profanity when you strip a screw or lose one entirely. Very nice case though, has lots of expandability and promise.

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  • Carl d.
  • 4/18/2009 8:18:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsExtended Review

Pros: I have had this case for approx. 6 months and it definitely has pros and cons. It has a very large interior if you have a lot of components and a large CPU cooler that require the room. The three fans that 'blow' over the entire MoBo helps keep temps down if you rely on air cooling. One of the best cable management cases to keep things neat, but without a window it may not be that important. If you water cool, lots of room for tubing etc. I would recommend this more if you invest in water cooling as there a number of areas where you lose wind flow with air cooling - see side vents. Overall it is a great looking case inside and out.

Cons: If I were to hold a contest to design the worst side door attach/detach system, I would design this one. If you are in and out of your case on a regular basis you will hate the latches on this one. The front mesh on the fans are a nuisance as they restrict airflow and are hard to clean due to the difficult access. I would have preferred a more visible window option as the vents give a limited view and work against a 'tunnel' air cooling system (it allows air to leak instead of forming a proper tunnel). They did cheap out on the screws and attachement system for the three fans on the interior - it creates a rather flimsy fan holder.

Other Thoughts: This is a very good case and I know I have pointed out several negatives. But this is based on price versus design and value which is what I have based the score on. I am not nitpicking and I am intelligent/bright enough not to spend all of my money on my case (see below) and purchase mid-range components. And for $400++they should have included cable extenders but for those that are less educated that concept may be beyond reach. Based on your hardware choices, I think I know more about computers than you could ever hope to know.

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  • Bryan M.
  • 1/18/2009 10:42:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPhenomenal Case

Pros: Welcome to the last case you will ever buy. This case is perfect, it has it all. It supports dual power supplies so you don't have to buy $300 psus that go out in a year, it has amazing airflow and scalability. Plenty of room for everything. I have dual gtx 260s in my case WITH the mid-chasis fan rack, there is plenty of room. The case itself is solidly built of heavy gauge aluminum, high quality craftsmanship.

Cons: None

System specs: Asus M3N-HT Mempipe/deluxe, 8gb corsair ram running at 1066MHz, AMD Phenom II 940 oc'd to 3.6GHz, dual BFG gtx 260s, x64 vista ultimate. Under load in this new case my cpu temp doesn't go over 44 C

Other Thoughts: The people who whine and nitpick this case are all around not very bright and obviously know next to nothing about computers. If you research this case and look at the photos you OBVIOUSLY buy cable extenders in the event you might need them. Cable extenders = $5. Anytime you have a case with the power supply on the bottom, you buy cable extenders just in case.

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  • Carl v.
  • 9/9/2008 6:38:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot the Best Option Out There

Pros: The case has a number of great features that really made the system build a breeze. There were a number of ‘cut-outs’ that allowed you to neatly route your cables and make them virtually unseen and out of the way (if you take your time). The interior is massive compared to my old Stacker 830 which also helped with the install. The double PSU bay is a great feature as it allows you to use the old PSUs you have kicking around and works great.

Cons: The cons are not massive, but for a $400 case they should have been handled better. I liked the idea of the 3 fans positioned directly in front of the MoBo but it has 3 tiny screws holding it on one side which allows a lot of movement. The black powder coat for the case already had a few wear marks out of the box. The drop down MoBo tray is a great idea..until you realize that it will not go back up with a large CPU cooler like the Tuniq (insert swear words here). The fan filters on the front fans and front fan mesh cage restrict the airflow down to a light breeze at best (even with a high end fan). The fans that come with the case are useless as usual. Also, the distance from the PSU to the 8 pin MoBo connection is going to require an extension of some sort (insert swear words for the disconnecting a lot of connections so I could reposition PSU so that cable would reach – barely).

Other Thoughts: If this case was $250 it would have received 5 stars. It is still a great case but if I had to do it over, I would have gone with the Stacker 830 again. If you require a case with a ton of room and can hold a lot of HDDs, this is a good option. Otherwise, I would keep looking.

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  • William J.
  • 8/29/2008 9:03:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice looking, pain in the ace.

Pros: The case is beautiful. It has more than enough room for my system. The pull out drawers and side panels made it decently easy to assemble my components.

Cons: The screw threads should have been made out of something stronger than aluminum. The case should have come with more thumbscrews. The face plate for the ROM drives is awkward for the Eject button extension.

Other Thoughts: It is a nice case but not worth the price.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear NZXT customer,

If you would like some additional thumb screws, please contact a representative at service@nzxt.com and a few can be sent out to you.

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  • Paul B.
  • 8/23/2008 9:01:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe "NZXT Khaos"-- is the price!

Pros: Exterior-Nice quality finish, top mounted accessories, strong, solid, wheels and handle, Easy access to Twin power supply compartment (use 2 less expensive PSU's to help reduce the case cost and increase wattage at the same time). The specs say no side vents; but there is one large one on each side. Interior- nice MB layout, easy to hide cables for a clean install (IF the cables are long enough). Has water cooling ports in the rear. Has the adapter to connect the 2 power supplies together. 7 card slots. Runs cool with my setup, see below. You should be able to pass this down to your grandchildren as an heirloom. Easy to do custom paint jobs on.

Cons: MINOR Interior cons- The 6 screw REMOVABLE FACE to get to the Hard drives. The REMOVABLE middle case 3-fan bracket is flimsy and unnecessary, I would rather have the room to work the rear of the drives and cable management than have it in the way. The screw hardware for the power supplies cover is too small (junk). I will be upgrading it to standard case screws shortly. I would have preferred no led's on the front because this is my Bluray and Gaming machine also, and the lights are distracting while watching the TV (you could replace them if necessary). To have clean cable management you will need to have power supplies with longer MB and CPU power leads or have extensions. FUNCTIONAL DIMENSIONS- 26" tall, 9" wide, 29" deep with CD tray open and cable management in the back. To install optical drives in the top 2 drive bays, you may need to remove the tray door cover on the drive or modify the tray door cover on the drive to fit through the flip down front drive cover on the case.

Other Thoughts: SYSTEM: Khaos case, XFX 790Ultra, Vista Ultimate x64, QX9770 3.2 intel @ 45cel., Zalmon 9700 cooler, 8 G OCZ HPC 6-6-6 ram, twin xfx 9600gt cards, twin 300G. velociraptors-raid 0, Lite-on Bluray player, cyberlink powerDVD 8 ultra, thermaltake 850 PSU 6 fans total, pretty quite considering. Will soon upgrade video cards and have it hooked up to a LARGE LCD or PLASMA SONY or PIONEER hdtv this fall( haven't decided which yet). All but processor and software was purchased from newegg. NEWEGG SERVICE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS..8/23/08

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