SUPPLIED BY: NZXT
PRODUCT: NZXT Duet Mid Tower Case
PROD LINK: NZXT’s current offerings.
PRICE: $79.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at time of testing!
All back together, ready to be integrated into the home theater in the next room. It sure is a purty case, isn’t it? As I mentioned earlier, I was not able to fit this into my entertainment center due to the depth of the case, so I had to put it…
beside the TV. Looks good there, too. That’s a 3 year old JVC 27″ I’Art by the way…. I art happy with it. Even though it art a little small for me these days. Hey, there’s my lost shaker of salt!!! Unfortunately, I’m going to have to move the NZXT elsewhere – the TV is picking up interference from the SilverStone PSU. I’ll turn the camera flash on and give you another look.
After taking these pictures, I proceeded to spend the evening using the box to watch MST3K and observe how well the case kept those noisy Fujitsu hard drives quiet. I discovered that while the case easily kept the board, video card, chipset, and CPU cool, it wasn’t very quiet. This shouldn’t be taken as a mark against the case though – remember I was using a SilverStone Zeus power supply, two 120mm fans, and three 80mm fans total aside from the hard drives. However, the fans were all mostly quiet – only the Ultra 120mm fans made any discernible noise over-top of the fan in the power supply. Thanks to the board’s ability to control the chipset and CPU fans, those fans were dead silent. And the CPU stayed below 36 degrees, too.
The majority of the racket came, pretty obviously, from those two ancient Fujitsu hard drives. My suggestion when considering this case is to look for the most silent hard drive you can find – this case can’t help you if your hard drives sound like a jet engine taking off (small exaggeration) when spinning up.
Hard drives aside, I get the impression this case has the ability to keep your HTPC pretty quiet as long as you carefully choose what goes into it. During my brief run with the X-Pro in the case instead of the SilverStone, it was substantially quieter. But, with the SilverStone and the two Fujitsus making a racket, I had no trouble telling whether the system was on from anywhere in the room.