It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my hands on a Chassis to review, I’m glad I was able to get my hands a little dirty with the NZXT S340 mid tower chassis. It is a great case especially considering that the NZXT S340 is available for only $69.99 shipped! Not only is the NZXT S340 a sleek looking body for a PC build, the NZXT S340 has the quality that rivals some of the top chassis’s that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
NZXT sent over the white version of the S340 that is sold under part number CA-S340W-W1, but that isn’t the only version available. NZXT also has an all black version, black and blue, and a black and red versions. If I had to pick a personal favorite I think it would be a toss up between the white, and the black and red versions.
Every time I put together a system, there is almost always a hitch in the build. While 99% of the build with the NZXT S340 went off with out issue, I do have a little bit of an issue with the SSD location. Perhaps more accurately the location of the clearance locations for the SATA cables.
Looking at the picture above, the SATA power cable is being forced up by the chassis. The wiring for the plug is coming out of the bottom of the plug on the Corsair HX750. There are a couple of ways I could remedy this if I were leaving this build together. One option would be to increase the size of the opening, another option for those who aren’t fans of modding a case would be to find a power supply that has the SATA cables orientated differently. This little issue is certainly no deal breaker, just more of a little annoyance to me.
One aspect of the NZXT S340 that I’m still torn on is the elimination of the optical drive bay. While I don’t use the optical drive in my system very often, it does come in handy from time to time. By eliminating it though, NZXT did open up quite a bit of real estate inside the chassis and not having that bulky drive cage really gives it a nice clean look. As long as you don’t mind not having an optical drive this is a non-issue and it won’t be missed.
Outside of the SSD SATA power and the lack of an optical drive, I can’t find anything else I don’t like about the NZXT S340! The build quality is top notch, despite carrying a price tag of only $69.99, the S340 doesn’t have that low cost feel to it. Some PC chassis in this price range have an incredibly flimsy feel to them, the NZXT S340 felt very solid and well built.
Legit Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for a high quality PC case that doesn’t break the bank, the NZXT S340 is one that should absolutely be on the top of your short list!