NZXT Khaos Welded Aluminum Full Tower PC CaseThu, Apr 09, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Installing Parts into the Khaos
The Khaos comes with everything that is needed to install your system. One thing that NZXT included that is out of the ordinary is the dual PSU wire harness. This harness lets you use any two PSUs together without modifications. For my testing I used my Antec NeoLink dual PSU system from an Antec P190 case. This is the only PSU I have with cables long enough to reach the top of the case.
Installing parts into the Khaos was a breeze. There was plenty of room to work, and no issue with anything not being able to fit.
Build Quality Issues
So far I have not mentioned any build quality issues, only commenting on the design. I did this so I could lump the issues into one spot and address things all at one time.
First is the side panels – they have some issues. The tabs that hold the panel to the case are welded rather than riveted. This was done by NZXT to show that no expense was spared in the Khaos’s construction. Well, some of the tabs warped, causing them to pull away from the panel, with the end result of a sloppy fitting door.
To further add insult to injury, there are no tabs on the front edge of the doors. This means no engagement between the door and the case frame, resulting in the side panel flapping in the breeze. So much so that I can stick my finger in between the panel and the case frame rather easily, as I show in the above video.
The other major issue was that the front panel had several of the screws stripped out; some even had fallen out into the case. This is always a possibility with all aluminum parts as over tightening will always lead to a stripped screw. All I know is that if I just dropped approximately $450 on a case it had better be perfect.
Welding many of the parts together is a great idea, but the welds look bad. A good weld should look like a row of coins laid on its side. Not like a wad of gum was used to hold the part down.