NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

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NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

July 28, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
NZXT Source S340
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Price
US$70

NZXT has cultivated a reputation for producing tower cases with a high degree of fit and finish and a heavy emphasis on usability. Their "Source" series of budget cases aren't as upscale as the rest of their lineup, offering the cash-strapped a taste of the NZXT experience at a more palatable price. The Source S340 is perhaps their most intriguing SKU, straddling the border between flimsy US$50 enclosures and more versatile and feature-rich US$100+ models. The question is whether it's the former masquerading as the latter or the other way around.


The Source S340 (white).

Like many NZXT cases, the S340 is available in a variety of colors. Our sample is the white model but it also comes in all black, and in black with red or blue trim/LEDs. The most interesting physical aspect is the completely solid front reminiscent of the H440. While the panel is made of plastic, it has a steel face that matches the sides, giving it a plain but elegant look. The main intake vent is just a wide and long gap running from the top of the bezel to the bottom. The lack of external drive bays will undoubtedly disappoint users still bound to optical media and those who prefer the ability to add a panel for controlling fans or reading memory cards, etc. The sad fact is the wind is shifting away from this paradigm — in this day and age, few people need this versatility, and the S340 is an affordable chassis designed for the masses.

That's also probably why storage support has been cut back to just two 2.5 inch and three 3.5 inch drives. This should be a boon to performance as all the drive bays, which usually impede airflow from reaching the critical components, have been dispensed with. Instead of the 6+ fan placements in a typical modern tower, the S340 provides just four with two 120 mm fans included. AIO cooling units can be utilized but they can only be installed at the front or rear as the top offers just enough space for a fan and nothing else. Limiting these features also allows for a slimmed down body, with the S340 measuring about 17.5 inches tall and 17.0 inches deep. In terms of volume, it comes in under 40 Liters — it's the smallest ATX tower I can recall handling in some time.


Unboxed.


Accessories.

Our sample shipped in a plain unadorned box but the retail versions are better decorated. Included with the case is a decent assembly guide and a box containing a few zip-ties and the necessary screws separated and labeled for convenience. To make standoff insertion easier, they've also provided a nut-driver.

Specifications: NZXT Source S340
(from the product web page)
Model Number CA-S340W-W1 (White)
CA-S340W-B1 (Black)
Drive Bays External 5.25": 0
Internal 3.5": 2+1
Internal 2.5": 2
Cooling System Front: 2x 140/2x120mm
Top: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fan Included)
Filters Front (Included)
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator Support Front 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 120mm
Clearance GPU Clearance With Radiator: 334mm
GPU Clearance Without Radiator: 364mm
CPU Cooler: 161mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point - 17mm; Highest Point 168mm
Dimensions 200mm x 445mm x 432mm
Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
External Electronics 1 x Audio/Mic
2x USB 3.0
Product Weight 7.05 kg
UPC 815671012111 (White)
815671012128 (Black)
815671012371 (Black/Red)
815671012364 (Black/Blue)
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Warranty 2 Years


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