Normally, the top of the case isn’t discussed in a case review, but NZXT has fitted a rather bulky, and frankly, unsightly plastic module here. This is in two parts. The front part contains two USB 2.0 ports, a single six-pin FireWire port and a headphone and microphone socket. This can be rotated to hide the ports.
Behind this is a multifunction LCD display, which can be folded up and down to protect it if you want to take your PC along to a LAN party for example. The display provides the kind of stuff you would expect such as fan speeds and temperature readouts – as long as you’ve wired everything up correctly inside the case. It also has a built in clock with alarm.
The left side of the case has a pre-fitted window with a 120mm fan mounted in it. This fan has is connected via a standard Molex connector and features blue LED lights. A couple of thumb screws hold the side in place and there are no fancy latches or anything similar.
Internally, the case really reminds me of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora, although it’s more like its little brother than a twin. There is a single rear 120mm fan instead of the two in the 3D Aurora and there are no holes for any water-cooling pipes, but the same card retention mechanism is used. The Nemesis Elite also comes with a plastic box fitted inside the hard drive bays in which all the accessories are kept.
The hard drives uses the same kind of drive rails as in the 3D Aurora, but rather than using the screwless quick lock mechanisms that Gigabyte fitted to the 3D Aurora, NZXT has gone for drive rails for both the 5.25in drive bays and the floppy drive bays. However, the drive rails are screwless and slot in place, so it’s only slightly more complicated to fit the drives into the Nemesis Elite.
Now to the bad part: wiring. To get the top mounted ports and the display to work there’s what looks like miles of wiring that has to be connected up. The ports are easiest as they use standard connectors, apart from the audio connectors which have to be manually wired up pin by pin. Two Molex connectors are provided, one of which powers the LCD display while the other powers the front lights. There are also three connectors from the unit at the top that you connect to the CPU fan and the two case fans.