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NZXT WHISPER WHI - 001BK Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower
  • USB 2.0 / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 6 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 9 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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The NZXT Whisper Full-tower takes quiet seriously! The Whisper is lined on the top, bottom, sides, and front, with noise-damping material, reducing the fan noise to nearly inaudible. Strong airflow is helped by a 120mm front intake fan and a 120mm rear exhaust fan as well as dual 80mm rear fans. The front fan is equipped with an LED, so the vents and cutout design in the front door glow blue. Top I/O panel offers convenient ports for USB 2.0 and FireWire, and HD audio ports.

NZXT’s screw-less rail system makes it easier than ever before to securely install up to 6 external 5.25” drives, 1 external 3.5” drives, 9 internal 3.5” drives, and 7 expansion cards. Motherboard tray supports your choice of E-ATX ATX, MicroATX, or BABY ATX board. Whether it’s for work of play, you’ll enjoy near-silent operation, and superior heat management with the NZXT Whisper full-tower!

  • newegg Supreme Expandability with 16 Drive Bays Boasting six 5.25" external drive bays, and ten 3.5" drive bays (one external and nine internal), the NZXT Whisper full tower provides supreme expandability.
  • newegg Unique Upper and Lower Chamber Structure The unique dual-chamber structure enables the power supply and CPU to reside in separate cooling zones for exceptional heat dissipation and reduced system noise.
  • newegg Exceptional Cooling Performance The NZXT Whisper features a 120mm blue LED front intake fan and a 120mm rear exhaust fan as well as dual 80mm rear fans for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Lester g.
  • 2/22/2012 12:59:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: quiet, pretty sturdy, looks nice, lots of hard drive slots

Cons: the front bezel feels a little cheap. Probably because it's aluminum attached to plastic. Cable management is very tight in the back with a big power supply.

Other Thoughts: Lots of people complain about airflow in the top compartment, there's a slot for another 120mm fan there, I happened to have one and I set it up in a push/pull through the case. Stays nice and cool in that configuration, can't say for stock though.

My cables also reached the top of the case without a problem, though it was on a bigger/better power supply. Small ones might have a problem.

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  • Michael P.
  • 9/26/2011 10:19:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery slick!

Pros: Nice, solid build, no sharp edges anywhere, roomy, absurd amount of HDD bays, acoustically padded.

Cons: Front panel only opens 90 degress, could be easy to break. Metal tabs on the HDD trays seem flimsy. Top flip-up ports access seems a little flimsy too.

Other Thoughts: Very nice case overall. I'm just a little bit worried about breaking both the door (since it only flips out 90 degrees instead of 180 to lay flat against the case) and the top flip-up port door. I drop a single egg for these, but otherwise, this is a very nice case for any build. File servers? Yes please.

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  • Ben C.
  • 8/9/2011 11:10:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Server Case

Pros: Massive! Quiet! Foam! This thing can hold 9 hard drives as is. 6 external 5.25 drive bays that can hold 10 more hard drives using two 5 bay hotswap cages. I have this server in my bedroom and i can sleep at night. The case is lined with foam to help keep things quiet.

Best server tower for the money

Cons: To add a hotswap bay you have to modify the plastic screw-less mounts (you have to break the small tab at the base of each side in order to fit anything over the height of 1 bay)

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5 out of 5 eggsVery nice.

Pros: Very quiet. Very easy to use and installation is extremely easy. The cable management is both well done and helpful.
Plenty of airflow though the spot where my CPU is gets rather warm even on the outside of the case.

Cons: For some the size maybe though if you are getting a full tower then you should be expecting a larger footprint.
There are no quick connects for pci/pci-e slots, though I normally would use the screws anyways.

Other Thoughts: I am in the process of doing a complete upgrade my first acquisition was this case though I bought it directly from NZXT I am seriously happy with it. I did end up disabling the primary LED because I sleep in the same room as my computer otherwise it is very dark and quiet just how I wanted it.

The best case I have ever owned and while it is not fancy with the clear plastic sides or lots of LED's that was part of what I was looking for. I wanted a plain black box with lots of cooling and lots of drive bays and lots of room in general. The sound dampening material was a huge bonus to me. Also to me it looks plenty nice and fancy but if you want more then I recommend going for one of their other cases because I am truely happy with them.

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  • Marcelino T.
  • 6/18/2011 9:31:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad, but not great.

Pros: Its well built and a good choice for silent computing. Would be a great looking office computer when you need something visually pleasing but not flashy and despite what I'm about to say in the con's is still a great case.

Cons: Paint finish not great at a closer look and seems to lack many of the features that cases in its price range. On top of that the stock cooling is lacking as well with the intake fan in the bottom chamber with 2x80mm fans exhausting while the main camber only comes with a 120mm set up as exhaust.

I suggest you get a addition 120mm fan when you buy the case and putting it into the 5.25 bay converter that comes with the case as in intake.

Other Thoughts: It just feels like this case is sitting in the middle of the road. It doesn't have the features or cooling for its price, but is better built then many cheaper cases. On the other hand the only real silent features are sound damping foam which you can pick up for about $12-15 bucks and and to a different case.

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  • Brandon M.
  • 6/1/2011 6:58:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice conservative case

Pros: This is a decently sturdy case. It is extremely quiet also if you have a nice aftermarket cpu cooler. I really enjoy the conservative styling on the front bezel. Also... it lacks a window on the side, this is also a plus as it does not look like a kids computer! :)

Cons: Although it is a full ATX case (and I have not owned one in a while, I may just not be used to this)... this sucker is heavy! Not to say that it is a bad quality. This is nothing to be hauling around all of the time(as my friends manage to convince me to do for lan parties each weekend)!

Other Thoughts: Price seems ok for this case. You are getting what you pay for here for sure. Not a bad deal at all. I definitely recommend this to anybody who wants to have a nice full ATX case and be able to hide some nice hardware in there. You can make a nice "Sleeper" out of this one!

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  • Zachary B.
  • 1/25/2011 8:10:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHigh hopes but, disappointed ...

Pros: Lots of internal /+ HDD space.
Drive racks have mounting for both 2.5" & 3.5" Drives.
Magnetic swing door is a cool novelty.
Thumb Screws on main access side panel. (But not the other side behind the tray?)

Cons: Poorly designed.
No real cable management, despite what is claimed.
Bottom front fan is NOT 120mm as claimed. I think its a 140mm.
5.25" Bay covers are extremely hard to pry off.
Barely fit my Noctua HSF attached to mobo inside while mounting.
POWER LED - I almost went blind when I turned the unit on.
Even with the sound padding material it is not as quiet as I thought. I installed Noctua fans inside this case (80mm & 120mm) with the original larger fan left at the bottom. Even my Noctuas sound "louder" in this case. I suppose it could be from increased air flow, I'll have to see what I can do with some noise adapter cables to slow them down.

Very concerned this case lacks properly clearance for side mounted HDD's. Have to waste money on some flexible extensions, since I am concerned about ruining my drive connections or cables, or both.

Other Thoughts: I was really hoping this would be a nice case, but I have just come across too many design flaws I wouldn't event expect from a cheap case company.

The most egregious by far is the sideways facing HDD racks. The case is NOT wide enough to properly use this setup, and even the racks themselves pose problems for the most common power cable configurations, as well as SATA DATA Cables. I have round Straight - Straight, and even when "routed" behind the tray on the rear of the case, there is barely any room to get the door on, and insufficient clearance where the cable needs to mount to your drives. I am worried I am ruining my power and data cables because I literally had to lay the case on its side, and push down on the back side panel to get the stupid thing to close, and I still had to hold it down so I could put the screws in. My power cables are twisted and worked in as much as I could with the slack, but I have to shell out money for some splitters now (easier bending).

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  • Elroy T.
  • 1/18/2011 9:26:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggslike a cold fire

Pros: quiet
free fans
full tower-lots of room

Cons: all four fans together move about as much air as a single 120mm fan would

Other Thoughts: worth it i like it only 26.5 db loud and low air flow doesn't matter because im water cooled

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  • douglas b.
  • 1/13/2011 12:16:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspoor design

Pros: none

Cons: flimsy construction. poor air flow. heavy. not so quiet.

Other Thoughts: the case feels cheap right out of the box.. mine (like others mentioned here) arrived with a broken pop up door on top. But what really annoyed me was the blue light on the front, which i thought i would love, but this one is soooo bright i couldnt look directly at it without hurting my eyes... at night when the computer went to sleep, this light would pulse... it was like that episode of seinfeld episode were the neon chicken sign keeps him up at night... no joke, that bright and annoying. was worth the restock fee to get rid of it. same components now in a lian li, they sound way quieter.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 1/7/2011 11:14:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case!!

Pros: Absolutely amazing case! I don’t usually write reviews, but this product is worth a great one! This case has plenty of space, and is super quiet. I was concerned about using this in a media center setup at first, but thanks to the good styling and quite operation - there are no complaints there.

Cons: As many others mention – I added a 120mm fan to the factory designed space at the front of the case for the MB/CPU area. Mine still seems a tad hotter than I would prefer with the cheap-o 120mm fans, but its tolerable. I also find the blue LEDs to be overly bright. A few layers of some very meticulously cut blue painters tape works wonders to tone them down.

Other Thoughts: I think some mentioned the issues with the SATA power connections to the hard drives. I also ran into this problem, but have a perfect/easy solution. I actually needed SATA power splitters since my power supply did not have enough SATA rails. I ended up using 2 Y cables that are right angled, and then regular/straight SATA cables, and they fit like a charm with no excessive bending of the cables. Costs next to nothing, looks great, and incredibly functional.

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