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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [11.16.04]
Manufactured by: NZXT


Letting It ALL Hang Out

NZXT has decided to go with a simple square window this time with the Nemesis instead of the multi-cut design of the Guardian.  Personally I loathe large square windows and find the drive bays to be a giant eyesore, something that was mostly covered up in the Guardian design. This is completely a personal preference though and I know a lot of people enjoy seeing the entire inside of their case.

Notice the large 120mm intake fan behind the stylish fan grill. Is it just me or does anyone else thing it kind of looks like the New York Yankee's logo? The side intake fan comes with a full sized dust filter as does the front intake as well.  The rear outtake fan does not for obvious reason. All three are 120mm and all three have blue LED lights.

Lit Up Like The Strip

The three LED fans do a great job of lighting up the entire case whether the light in the room are on or off. (Lighting is admittedly helped here by the 3D Rocket Cooler)

Pulling the side of the case off we can see that the inside of the Nemesis is laid out almost exactly the same as the Cetus case we reviewed a while back. (And that is absolutely NOT a bad thing!)

There is unfortunately no removable motherboard tray, and at a total height of only 17inches, it was a bit cramped getting a full ATX motherboard already mounted with a large HSF angled in correctly. After that though everything was gravy. The Nemesis's tool-less design made for a quick and easy install.

Like the Cetus, the Nemesis comes with a small plastic box inserted into the 3.5 inch drive bays which stores all of the required screws, drive rails, etc.

You will of course want to remove this before firing your rig up as leaving it in would block all intake air from the front fan.

Making the Easy Even Easier

My absolute favorite innovation was the PCI bracket retention mechanism. The Cetus used a similar bracket, but NZXT took things one step further.

With the Cetus case, the retention bracket was loose and had to be inserted/removed each time PCI devices were swapped. Ingeniously, NZXT attached the bracket device to a spring loaded, flip down hinge, which simply swings down to locks and unlock at the top (by the blue handle) for a quick and easy install.

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