NZXT Lexa S Mid Tower PC Case Review

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Assembling the Test System

Now that we have taken a look at the construction and the features of the NZXT Lexa S, let’s put some hardware inside of it.  Below is a list of the components that we will be fitting into the case. 

 

AMD Test Platform

 Component

 Model

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Motherboard

Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H 

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 Processor

 AMD Phenom II 940 Black Edition

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 Cooling

 AMD Reference Cooler

 

 Memory

 OCZ Reaper PC8500

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 Hard Drive

 Seagate 7200.12 320Gb

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 Optical Drive

LG Dual Layer DVD Burner

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 Power Supply

 Ultra Products XPro 750watt

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 Graphics Card

 XFX GTX260 Black Edition

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After a short time I was able to fit all of the components inside the case with room to spare.  The XFX GTX260 measures 10.5 inches long which only leaves approximately .875 inches to spare.  The recently released ATI Radeon 5870 is .6 inches (11.1 inches total) longer and will be a tight fit.  If you are on putting the Radeon 5870 in the NZXT Lexa S it will fit.  You may only be able to run one card due to the hard drive cages being 11.125 inches back.

 

 

NZXT Lexa S

 

The other area that will be tight is the top.  You are able to mount a dual 120mm radiator on the top, but would have no room for fans inside the case.  If you don’t mind having the fans mounted on the top of the case or are going to run the radiator passively you will be fine. 

 

NZXT Lexa S

 

Despite cable management not being the crowning jewel of my skill sets the NZXT Lexa S makes it look easy.  As you can see from the above photos all of the cables were able to be routed behind the motherboard tray with the exception of the 8 pin power line.  It was simply too short to run behind the tray.

NZXT Lexa S

One of the features that the NZXT Lexa S has offered in this case is the ability to mount an SSD hard drive.  The tray supplied for the SSD drives has mounting for 2 drives.  Utilizing the SSD tray will give you a total of 6 spots for hard drives. Two SSDs and four 3.5 inch drives

 

 

NZXT Lexa S

 

The 2.5 inch drives mount nice and cleanly in the case.  The only foreseeable issue is that both drives need to be removed at the same time.  This is not a deal breaker for me since I always power down my system before removing any drives. 

NZXT Lexa S
Too many times have I had to fight to get the I/O panel in.  Even on much more expensive towers it hasn’t fit properly.  On the NZXT Lexa S if fit great.  I had absolutely no problem getting the I/O panel in or any other part for that matter.

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