NZXT S340 Razer Special Edition Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


NZXT are one of the go-to brands for people building a gaming system, and that’s hardly surprising given that they’ve created some of the coolest looking and best-performing gaming chassis available and have been doing so for many years! From their legendary Phantom and Switch series to the more recently popular H440 and now their S340. Today we’re taking a look at the latest entry in their S340 series, which is at its absolute core the same S340 they launched at the end of last year, but it has been given a cosmetic makeover courtesy of popular gaming brand Razer.

The new chassis still features the same specifications as the original S340. There’s a good amount of storage space, room for large graphics cards, lots of cooling support and much more.

The new edition comes in a slick powder black paint job, giving it a dark and rather stealthy appearance. The black interior also means the side panel window has a mirror effect on it today, partly due to the sun beaming through the windows in our office, but with my eyes and not the camera lens, you can actually see in the chassis just fine.

The right side panel is a flat black panel, nothing fancy, but certainly neat and tidy.

Aside from the powder black finish, the next big change is the front panel. The original S340 had a smooth front panel, but this one comes with a gorgeous Razer logo right in the middle and to make it just that little bit cooler, it’s even LED backlit!

Even with the LEDs off, the logo stands out really well thanks to a reflective and bright colouring.

Everything is the same as before here, with the usual rear I/O LED light switch at the top, a 120mm fan pre-installed, seven expansion slots and the PSU cut-out. One nice touch, the snap-off covers of the original are now reusable covers; hurray!

The PSU is installed from the rear of the chassis, and this is done by removing the four thumbscrews and mounting plate.

The top panel has a 120mm fan pre-installed, although you can swap this out for a 140mm if you desire. I actually would have preferred them to utilize the full space and pre-fit a 140mm, but I’m just being picky in that respect.

One subtle change is the USB 3.0 ports, which have been switched for the Razer produced green ones, the same you find on Razer produced notebooks; these looks really cool!

There’s a full height dust filter tucked into the front panel which can be removed from the top edge without removing the front panel. It’s magnetic and washable, so removing it and cleaning it, then re-installing it, is a nice and simple task.

The base of the chassis has a clip-in dust filter for the PSU, nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done. There’s a pair of LED strips along the bottom, no surprise that these are green LEDs to match the Razer theme.

NZXT Announces the New S340 Special Edition PC Case

If you are planning a black and green PC build or you just are a Razer fan, then NZXT’s newest special edition chassis might be just the right fit for you. NZXT just announced the new S340 Special Edition PC case and it looks as awesome as we’ve come to expect it from NZXT. It is also a durable chassis, made of 90 percent steel.

This isn’t just a normal NZXT S340 chassis in a new colour scheme, it also brings new features along with it. One of them being a cable management bar that avoids separating the front inlet and the remainder of the housing, allowing complete control of cables for a refined appearance and cooling optimised through better air circulation.

The NZXT S340 has a pretty compact form factor and allows you to create a pretty powerful setup with its dimensions of 445 mm height and 432 mm length. No need to put a giant block next to your desk if smaller can do it.

The chassis allows for water cooling setups with 280mm radiator support at the front and it comes with two 120mm FN V2 fans at the top and rear. The integrated PSU shroud will keep those unpleasant cables out of sight and creates an overall cleaner look in the chassis.

Special Edition Features:

  • Front panel featuring back-lit triple-headed snake logo
  • Cable management bar with triple-headed snake logo
  • Green power LED
  • Green under-glow LED with rear on/off switch
  • PCI slot base cover for a flush look and funneled airflow
  • Signature green USB 3.0 ports
  • Tinted window panel
  • Matt black finish

Common S340 Features:

  • 360 degrees of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis
  • Grommet-less cable management bar keeps cables tidy with ease
  • Full 280 mm radiator support in the front
  • Compact form factor coming in two inches below competing mid towers
  • Detailed design and engineering with tons of small touches
  • Very easy to build in for new and experienced users alike
  • Integrated PSU shroud for an ultra-clean build
  • Fully filtered intakes
  • Includes 2x 120 mm FN V2 fans, top and rear

The price of this special edition S340 NZXT chassis is set to £69.99 ex VAT / €99.99 ex. VAT. We will, of course, have a review of this chassis ready for you shortly, so stay tuned.

NZXT Introduced New S340 Color Edition Cases

It isn’t that long time ago that NZXT introduced the black and white coloured S340 chassis that was very well received everywhere. Now they’re back with two new dual-coloured versions of this beautiful and price-competitive case, one in black and red and one in black and blue.

The NZXT S340 is made from cold-rolled steel and has a front-bay-less design for increased aesthetics while still bringing all the features you’d like in a case. Support for AIO coolers, PSU shroud, support for extra long graphics cards and much more.

The new version adds either a red or blue accent to the top of the front panel, and also a hint of it inside on the cable cover bracket. Both red and blue are common motherboard and GPU colours, allowing users to build some beautiful colour themed builds in this chassis.

The two new versions aren’t limited to specific vendors like some of the ones we’ve seen in the past, but will be available in Europe early 2015 for a similar price as the current version, €69.99.

Thanks to NZXT for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of NZXT

Exclusive: Photos of New NZXT Source 340 Chassis

NZXT have just revealed their latest chassis design that will become part of their popular Source range. The Source S340 comes fitted out with a durable steel construction and a sleek aesthetic that makes me think of it is a budget friendly H440.

The chassis is designed to be a solid all-rounder, ideal for a gaming rig as much as a general day-to-day rig for your office. It’s compact form factor is deceiving too, as it’s got plenty of room on the interior for a feature packed system build since NZXT have stripped out the optical bays, much like they did on the H440.

Cable management cut-outs, loads of cable tie loops and extensive space behind the motherboard give the chassis superior cable routing options for a chassis in this class. Cooling is also very capable, with 280mm radiator support in the front (such as the X61) and 120mm support in the back.

All the usual features are here too, USB 3.0 support, air filters on all major intakes and a PSU shroud. NZXT have gone heavy metal on this build too, using minimal plastic, 360 degress of steel casing and extra thick side panels, giving an overall very high quality feel to the chassis.

The best part of the S340 is easily the price, clocking in at a very affordable 69.99 EUR, giving it great mass market appeal.

We were lucky enough to see this chassis a few weeks ago at Insomnia i52, but NZXT made me promise to not show anyone the pictures I took of it… well, until today of course! Sure the NZXT perfectly shot photographs look better, but we though you would like to see what this chassis looks like in the real world, not just in a pro shot studio. Thank you NZXT for letting us snap these pictures! For everyone else, expect a full review in the coming weeks.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.