NZXT S340 Mid-Tower Case Review
By Julian Duque
Manufacturer: NZXT Inc.
Product Name: NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower Case
Model Number: CA-S340W-W1
Price As Tested: $69.99 (Amazon l Newegg)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NZXT Inc.
With the release of the H440 earlier this year, NZXT made it clear what their new approach into the already crammed case market will be in it’s upcoming models. Following this trend, Benchmark Reviews will be testing the NZXT S340, a more “stripped” down version of the already great H440, which still features a similar simple design with a minimalistic design, putting functionality and efficiency above all things.
To my surprise, the NZXT S340 is being targeted as a budget option at just $69.99, which is almost half the price of the H440. What is even more surprising is NZXT’s move towards removing any plastic from their models, leading to better quality and construction in all of their upcoming models. This is a very bold step to take, but it is certainly something NZXT should be proud of, and might lead to other companies moving towards following this approach.
A quick glance at the Features and Specifications found on NZXT’s website and you might notice that the S340 follows the standard mid tower layout, but no external 5.25″ bay. Another bold step from NZXT. Of course you could always get an external CD drive, but this should be something to take into consideration. Another thing that stands out from the S340 is it’s weight, which is probably due to lack of plastic as compared to other cases.
Features & Specifications
|Drive Bays||External 5.25″: 0
Internal 3.5″: 2+1
Internal 2.5″: 2
|Cooling System||Front: 2x 140/2x120mm
Top: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fan Included)
|Radiator Support||Front 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 120mm
|Clearance||GPU Clearance With Radiator: 334mm
GPU Clearance Without Radiator: 364mm
CPU Cooler: 161mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point – 17mm; Highest Point 168mm
|Dimensions||200mm x 445mm x 432mm|
|Material||SECC Steel, ABS Plastic|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX|
|External Electronics||1 x Audio/Mic
2x USB 3.0
|Product Weight||7.05 kg|
|USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Interesting design, flawed but interesting.
Personally I think removing the feet and placing them on the rear would improve the design functionality.
By using the rear as the base and the base as the rear, the top then becomes the front with better access to the in/ out ports and a solid top is presented to the user.
The fans would then have to be turned around to switch airflow direction, allowing a 240 Radiator at the top to expel hot air, while cool air is drawn in at the base and lower rear.
Of course this is only practical if you don’t need constant access to the “rear” cables and ports as they will now be under the unit.
I liked your review of the case but just wish to point out a few things as I own this case myself I know that it has both hdd mounts and fan mounts also it is possible to install a custom waterloop yes you are restricted with what thickness radiator you install and your also unable to have a push pull config but it is possible to install a 240 or 280 radiator with a reservoir pump combo with a little work and a dremil
Can I please have the top view without the benchmarkreviews.com text for a 3D project?
Unfortunately not, as we only have the published images available at our website. Not many of the RAW images from past articles have been kept.