Nexus Edge Review
With more and more enthusiasts now looking to build a dedicated server for home, or even the office, our ever increasing demands for storage means we need more and more space to house our drives.
The Edge out of the box supports 9 hard drives, but with the tower of 9 optical bays you could easily get SATA back planes or hard drive mounts to add in a further support for another 9, making a staggering total of 18! That's a possible 36TB worth of storage!
Hard drive adapters with a fan would help this case no end as airflow in the top half of the case is minimal at best. It really does need a fan or two helping the air IN the case, not just out of it and our test temperatures reflected this. The front door does look great, also to a degree helps with noise, but massively hinders airflow so when considering this case you must clearly decide what its use will be as in stock form cool & quiet do not go hand in hand.
For £135 you do get a lot of features, but I cant help but think that an intake fan in the upper section is not to much to ask as anything but the most basic system will struggle. Raid cards rely on good airflow as they can get very hot as they are normally passive cooled, and for a case aimed at professionals who need large storage this is a silly oversight.
To round things up its great to see a case offering lots of optical bays and lots of HDD bays, but I cant help but think that the Nexus doesn't seem the whole package. If this case was £150 with better airflow and better cable management Id have scored it highly. But out of the box its almost like its an unfinished design, or I didn't receive some of the accessories needed.
- Support for 9 hard drives out of the box
- Lots of room for expansion
- Proffesional clean look
- Perfect for an office server or large NAS
- Needs an upper level intake fan
- front door really hinders airflow
- A high spec system will suffocate in this in standard form