NZXT Source 340 - S340 Review

ultimate budget gaming case?

NZXT Source 340 - S340 Review


Introduction

All of us at OC3D respected the bravery of NZXT when the H440 was launched without any optical bays what so ever. We actually don't use internal opticals at all anymore, the rare occasion we are testing something so new that there isn't a webpage for drivers available yet we just use an old external CD drive. It split the industry though with the people married to their gaming CD's or blue rays on one side with the rebellious group that have rapid internet, use steam and certain ways to acquire all their films via other sources on the other side.....

The H440 was hardly expensive at £95 but NZXT decided their should be another version available for those of you that are on a tight budget and the S340 is what they have to offer for the very accessible price of £55.

Specifications

Model NumberCA-S340W-W1 (White) 
CA-S340W-B1 (Black)
Drive BaysExternal 5.25": 0 
Internal 3.5": 2+1 
Internal 2.5": 2
Cooling SystemFront: 2x 140/2x120mm 
Top: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included) 
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fan Included)
FiltersFront (Included) 
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator SupportFront 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm 
Rear 1 x 120mm
ClearanceGPU Clearance With Radiator: 334mm 
GPU Clearance Without Radiator: 364mm 
CPU Cooler: 161mm 
Cable Management: Lowest Point - 17mm; Highest Point 168mm
Dimensions200mm x 445mm x 432mm
MaterialSECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboard SupportMini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots7
External Electronics1 x Audio/Mic 
2x USB 3.0
Product Weight7.05 kg
UPC15671012111 (White) 
15671012128 (Black)
USB 3.0 Ports2
Warranty2 Years



Video Review




Conclusion

The long and short of it is this is a truly epic case for £55. 240mm or 280mm AIO support in the front, PSU and lower section cover, a cable cover at the side of the motherboard rather than the usual grommets, huge window, sleek simple lines thanks to the lack of well anything at the front of the case. Some many not like its simplicity and prefer something more extrovert, if that's you just take a look at our NZXT Phantom 240 Review

The case will frame your hardware well and help even the laziest of you create something that will look extra tidy, we would advise that if you're not mounting an AIO in the front to air intake that you do fit at least one fan in the front to help let the case breathe. Talking of breathing the front panel is offset quite a bit so we didn't at all feel like the H100i we had fitted in our test system was at all being restricted, if anything the design on this is less restrictive that the H440.

NZXT has come a long was over the last couple of years and the case designs have gone from strength to strength. The S340 does so much and costs so little that its not only won our Gold award but we have decided to give it our Value For Money award too. We would go as far as saying this is probably the best case under the £80 mark on the market at this moment in time and definitely the sleekest. Could this be the ultimate budget gaming case? Why not tell us your thoughts in the OC3D Forum thread.

     

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Most Recent Comments

09-10-2014, 14:27:19

Wraith
Great review & video Guv, that case is epic for the price with its features, that roof is just begging to be modded at £55 it's a modders dream, actually looking forward to seeing what folks can do with this chassis.Quote

09-10-2014, 14:46:32

RickPlaysWarr
Love the review Tom. Lovely budget case. One thing should be noted is that the x41 and thicker AIO wont fit. This quote below is from newegg review response to a 1 star review. NZXT put in the response:
Quote:
We are sorry you are having a bit of trouble with the Kraken x41 fitting into the front of the case. The front area of the S340 has 60mm to total spacing to mount a radiator and fans.The kraken x41 AIO unit has a 36mm radiator and a 25mm for the fan, which brings to total to 61mm, which is to big for the front of the case. The Kraken x31 and x61, will both fit into the front of the case, due to the size of the Radiator being 27mm for each one and 25mm for the fans, coming out to a total of 52mm.
I love the cable cover, so be careful of what you plan on putting in the front

--Rick--Quote

09-10-2014, 14:48:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickPlaysWarr View Post
Love the review Tom. Lovely budget case. One thing should be noted is that the x41 and thicker AIO wont fit. This quote below is from newegg review response to a 1 star review. NZXT put in the response:

I love the cable cover, so be careful of what you plan on putting in the front

--Rick--

They actually fit fine - case was designed for it.....Quote

09-10-2014, 14:54:58

RickPlaysWarr
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
They actually fit fine - case was designed for it.....
Thanks for the clarification Tom. I noticed something on NZXT's page when I went to look at what they said. They show the case in their photos with removable and screwed in slot covers. Wonder why they only mention x31 and x61 AIO compatibility on their page.

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/1...-atx-case.html

I really love this one. Might be using it for the computers coming up for christmas for my twins.

--Rick--Quote

09-10-2014, 15:24:01

SieB
Awww yeah, waiting for stock at OCUK. According to them it arrives the day before my birthday, meaning that it should get delivered on my birthday. Will be a nice little presant for me, from me Quote
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