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  Forum Index - Reviews - NZXT Whisper
Supplier: NZXT
Price: $139.99 from newegg.comReviewed: Nov 26, 2008

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faceless105
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Joined: Jun 30, 2006
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Post Subject: NZXT Whisper
Posted on: Nov 26, 2008

One of my favorite areas of computing is the case. While this doesn't do really anything by itself, it's pretty interesting to see how far these have come from the plain beige cases that just used to simply hold the components of your computer. Today we'll be reviewing the NZXT Whisper, built with one main focus, noise reduction.



I'll start off with some of the really straight forward facts before getting into the specialties. The Whisper comes ready to mount up to nine hard drives, six 5.25 drives, and one additional 5.25 bay with an adapter for a card reader, or floppy drive. The PSU is mounted on the bottom, and the case is ventilated with two 120mm fans (one intake, one exhaust) and two 80mm fans for additional exhaust.



The NZXT Whisper is like I said, built for noise reduction, and it has these features deployed all over the place. The first and most easily noticeable is the entire case is lined with a 10mm thick noise dampening foam padding.



In addition to the foam, the hard drive trays have rubber mounts to reduce noise from vibrations, and even the PSU comes with a noise reducing rubber pad.





Beyond the noise, the Whisper does aim at usability. The case has a very tool-less design. The side panel has nice large thumb screws. All of the drive bays have a tool-less locking design. Even the hard drives, while not being completely tool-less, slide out to make things far easier to install. In addition to the tool-less design, the Whisper offers a top pop-up for USB, Audio, and eSata.





Now for the cooling overview. The first 120mm exhaust fan is positioned on the back of the case, right in line with the CPU cooler, helping greatly to vent that heat. The PSU is mounted on the bottom of the case and has two 80mm fans directly above it. The 120mm intake fan is in the front of the case towards the bottom. This in combination with the two 80mm fans, creates a very direct path of cooling for the hard drives and is also intended to prevent heat from the PSU from rising to the motherboard.





Now it's time for the first hand experience. Installing everything was a very easy process. The toolless design does save a lot of time and hassle. The cd drives are easy to snap into place. The locking system has two pins that would take the place of screws that lock into the drive bay, holding the drive in place.



The same can be said for the hard drives. Removing the tray is really convenient, and you can feel that while it still has some room to move, it is very solid and in place.







Overall this was probably one of the quickest full system installs I've done.

Now for the pro's and cons.

Cons...
- The cases design for noise reduction will put cooling in as a factor. The fans are adequate, but aimed at noise, so if you're building a gaming case, you might want to invest in higher end cooling.
- The same can be said for the hard drive trays. While I think the air flow is fine, I still wish I was able to keep my hard drive coolers in place.
- lastly, the foam padding does make routing cables a little messier. You can no longer run them behind the motherboard.
- The locking design isn't completely secure feeling for devices that only use the front screws, such as some card readers. It also does not accommodate devices that occupy two drive bays unless they have a notch cut across the center of them.

Pros...
- The case runs at nearly silent levels. I'm not able to notice my system is on anymore until I'm sitting next to it.
- The hard drive capacity would make this an incredible candidate for a storage center.
- The case looks great and has a very solid feel.
- The top pop-up is incredibly convenient, and easily accessible, since the case door doesn't even need to be opened.

Overall, while this case does have a few handicaps, I think it is an excellent case. It's built very solid and does really achieve its goal of keeping the volume down. Of course the case also has a really nice look to it with the black plastic and metal casing with blue LEDs lighting it's really hard to go wrong.

If you guys are looking for a new case, and volume is a concern, the NZXT Whisper is one of the best options I've seen so far. With the noise dampening, you're able to have more powerful equipment in the case and get away with much lower noise levels.

I think I'm shorting you guys a bit on the pics, so here's a ton more There were just soo many specific features to focus on, I didn't get all the general ones, haha





















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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Nov 26, 2008


considering I dont see a banner, I take it that this is your new rig?

What CPU cooler is that? its hueg!


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Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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faceless105
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Nov 26, 2008


na this was a review item, lol the company just never requested any banners to be placed.

The rig in there is about a year and a half old. I decided to move it to this case because of the noise reduction. The placement of the PSU also made things far more easier to work with.

In the end I lost a bit of cooling, but it really is silent.

The CPU cooler is a xigmatec cpu cooler. I reviewed it a while ago. It's got a 120mm fan. I've seen slightly larger CPU coolers, but it really starts to hit a point of, "do i even have enough room for that?" I think if i upgrade from that cooler I'm going to just go water. Its a lot quieter and takes up far less space. lol I think it looks a lot cooler too when you don't have that huge hulking cpu cooler sitting on your CPU and can just show off the small water block.


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Gh0sTly
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Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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Posted on: Nov 26, 2008


beware. once you go water, you never go back...

I could never go back to air. I keep my OC'd C2Q at 3.4Ghz at a cool 32C with my current watercooled setup. It doesn't cost an arm or a leg to build either. my waterblock cost me $40, the rad is about $50, the reservoir is about $40, and the pump is another $50. the line I use is $10 for about 10ft at Home Depot. All in all, it banks in just over $200. If you want part names and whatnot, I could give it to ya. The pump that I use, is probably the strongest pump on the market and pumps 320 GPH. This could cool my video card, CPU, North and southbridge, and the Voltage regulators without a strugle to push the water.

either way, that case is sweet, and I love the separation of PSU/Hard drives from the rest of the system. looks like it would keep the GPU and CPU very cool.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
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faceless105
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Posted on: Nov 26, 2008


thats actually the only thing to be warned about is, since the sides have the foam padding for noise dampening, you're really just limited to the fans in the front and the back of the case, you can't add any additional ones to the top or sides unless you cut holes in the foam, which will kinda defeat the purpose of the noise dampening (not completly, but kind of, lol).


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