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A conclusive case....
Stop what you're doing for just a moment and take a look at your computer case. What does it say about you? Is it solid and dependable? Stylish and slick? Perhaps battered and well used? Or just fuss-free and functional? In fact does it matter at all what your case looks like provided the hardware inside it does what you need it to?

For some people a case is undoubtedly nothing more than a box to keep all those messy components and cables out of sight while also providing some level of extra cooling. For most of us however our cases are an extension of our personality. They advertise to those around us how proud we are of our computers and how important it is for us to make a lasting first impression. It's the equivalent of us getting dressed up to go out or putting on a suit to go to work.


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I'm not sure if I should be at least a little embarrassed that today's review marks my very first experience with case supremos NZXT. A clearly innovative company NZXT have, in a relatively short period of time, made quite an impact on the market with a range of cases that span from the slightly eccentric right through to the timelessly elegant, and today's review candidate, which NZXT have christened Adamas, falls squarely into the latter category.

First reactions on lifting the case from its snug, polystyrene packed box is that this is very much designed and built in the mold of another well know, well loved and well built brand, SilverStone.

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NZXT use two case categories, the Crafted series and the Classic series, the former being for the slightly more elaborately styled cases and the latter consisting of more mainstream creations.

As you've perhaps already guessed the Adamas is part of the Classic range. Its primarily square lines and almost business like appearance are what old custies such as myself find appealing these days, while the shiny machine bevelled edges make give it that touch of pazzaz that whispers stylish rather than screaming "look at me". What a terrific partner for Enermax's identically styled Aurora aluminium keyboard.

Before we take a closer look here's the specs and a free latin lesson that explains where the Adamas moniker came from.

Latin adams, adamant-, from Greek, unconquerable, impenetrable, hard. A legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond.
- Aluminum Midtower Chassis
- Extra reinforced structure using welding technology
- 3 mm Top and Bottom Aluminum Frame
- 2 mm Aluminum Construction
- Patented screwless side and front panel removal mechanism Four included 120 mm ultra silent fans
- AC '97 and Intel? HD Audio Support for 5.1 and 7.1 Audio
- Ext. Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone Jack, and 1394 Firewire



Specifications:
MODEL Adamas Series
CASE TYPE Aluminum Mid Tower Chassis
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Aluminum
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 190 X 435 X 490 mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 120 mm fan (included)
REAR, 1 X 120 mm Fan (included)
SIDE PANEL, 2 X 120mm fan (included)
DRIVE BAYS 10 DRIVE BAYS
4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
1 EXTERNAL 3.5 " DRIVE BAYS
5 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
MATERIAL(S) 3.0mm Aluminum Frame, 2.0mm Aluminum Interior
EXPANSION SLOTS 7 POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 9.0 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: ATX, MICRO-ATX