Once I took the side panel off, I was a surprised at how much room this little guy has. The side panels were shockingly rigid; there was not a worry of bending it in my hand. Some effort would be needed to do that if you wanted to, actually. The rails they use to mount to the case are welded on. I don’t know much about welding so I’ll leave it up to the readers on whether it looks decent or not. I always saw welds that were more like a strip than a drop but as mentioned, I’m not sure of your preferences. The expansion slots are also vented. Then there are the water tubing holes at the top. If you thought there were quite a few thumbscrews on the back of the case, just open it up and find that nearly every screw used is a thumbscrew. Black ones are also included in a little bag.
Something that caught my eye was that the front bays were screwed into place. Usually you snap those into place but not this time. It does add more time to remove/install than the normal snap bay covers, though. You will also see on top that there is a small rack holding the mounted fan. There is another rack piece that allows you to mount the dual 120mm Radiator.
Another thing I came to like about this case is that the cables from the front panel are more than long enough for just about any wiring configuration. The POWER/RESET button wiring was not as long but it is a closed case so it probably won’t matter.
I also found each cable to the front panel is removable so if you don’t use the e-SATA etc., it makes it a bit cleaner inside.
After removing the motherboard tray (something I would really like companies to adopt as a standard), I realized that nothing will block the video cards. My worry from before was unfounded. NZXT also states that the nice long 10 inch video cards (anything like the 8800GTX series and newer or ATI 3000-4000 series) are able to be used in here, and from the looks of it I do not doubt it. I would have liked to have seen a CPU cutout hole as well as routing holes for cabling and airflow sake, but again this does not have any windows so it may not matter to some. Watch out for the fan wire on the tray; sometimes it might catch the case when removing/installing.
I mentioned before about how I was not sure on what a weld should look like so I went ahead and took this picture of the inside part of the side panel to show what they look like. I always saw a nice strip of a weld in the past, but here it’s more like a drop. I’ll leave it to your opinions on how you feel about it. Most of the welds I saw were like that. But it was all sturdy so I have no complaints about them.