NZXT S340 Elite Review
Published: 19th October 2016 | Source: | Price: 94.99 |
Up Close: Exterior
The S340 Elite measures 474x203x432mm (HxWxD) and is predominantly made from Steel, with the only real exceptions to this being the full size tempered glass side panel and a few of the internal fixings such as the cable management clips at the rear of the motherboard area.
Viewed from the other side, the full effect of the Matter Black finish is felt. The perfectly smooth front and side panels cause the case to take on the appearance of a solid monolith of Steel. We have to say it's rarely that we're attracted so much towards what is usually thought of as the boring side of a PC case.
Along with the usual power, HD Audio and USB sockets, the Elite also has a HDMI socket enabling it to offer what NZXT refer to as a streamlined VR experience. The large rectangular aperture anterior to the I/O is actually the main air intake route for the front fans, and although it might seem a bit of a gaping hole to some, we actually think the aesthetic works really well.
The only part of the aesthetic that's not sitting well with us is the rather ugly and out of place top fan and vent. If NZXT feel it necessary to include it as it is essential to interior case temps then perhaps it would have been nice if they could have included a mesh or solid cover option allowing the user to decide on the end look.
The rear of the Elite is the standard ATX affair, with 7 vented PCI slots and an additional vented panel to the right of them combined with a sliding cover plate. Although the roof vent supports both 120 and 140mm fans, the rear mount only accepts 120mm units, with one already fitted by NZXT.
The underside of the case has a large vented area with an easily removable mesh filter situated at the rear and is intended to service the PSU cooling.