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A Review On: NZXT S340 Mid Tower Cases CA-S340W-B1 Glossy Black

NZXT S340 Mid Tower Cases CA-S340W-B1 Glossy Black

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Pros: Size, pretty, performance, price, etc

Cons: GLOSSY PAINT, 2.5" bays are difficult, cable management space

Welcome to my first case review. This review is gonna be pretty bad.

System Used
  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 (OC: 4.7GHz @ 1.45V)
  • Cooler: Thermalright Macho X2
  • Motherboard: ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/AURA
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB
  • SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB
  • SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB
  • HDD: HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB
  • GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB
  • Case: Probably the NZXT S340, who knows though?
  • PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power DPS G 750W + CableMod Sleeved Extensions
Installation of my PC

Installing my PC was in all honesty, a pain. Took me like 5 hours, and even longer to get the cable management side panel on, which I recently only got on (the secret was not using zip ties on my cables). I absolutely despise having to take the front panel off of it, I seriously feel like I'm breaking it. It's the worst. Getting the PSU cables in there just right was also tedious because of my many cables combined with the fact that I bought sleeved cable and not the full cables. Adding my newly purchased HUE+ also made my experience even worse, because of the fact that I had to add an entirely new Molex connector. frown.gif


  • That PSU shroud is amazing.
  • Getting the fans in felt easier than with my old HAF X.
  • I like how the 2.5" bays are on the PSU shroud and the 3.5" are hidden.. I can show off my decent looking SSD and my pug-ugly hard drive is nowhere in sight.
  • Those dust filters are really fun to take on and off. Magnets are awesome, aren't they?
  • The screws on the side panels don't fall out!

What I do not like
  • My SATA power connectors are stupidly difficult to deal with on the SSD mounts.
  • NZXT, WHY THE LACK OF 162mm COOLER SUPPORT?! :thumbsdown:
  • Glossy paint got smudged. Actually, why is the black and red model and black and blue model matte finish while the black is glossy? Stop this NZXT!!
  • There isn't enough room in the back for my giant sleeved 24-pin cable to be zip tied. You need to

After dealing with that cable management, I'm in a grumpy mood. You get a 8 for this.
Noise Level

The stock fans are quiet... That's really all I can judge on the case itself. It seems to filter out the vacuum noise of my Fury, but I thankfully haven't ran it in my dusty old piece of junk HAF X. Since the fans are quiet, I'll give it a 10. thumb.gif

This case performs really well!! Wait, this isn't that kind of performance. I'm pretty sure I mean thermal performance. My CPU temperature is within one to two Celsius what it was in the HAF X, and the CRAP X had an airflow setup that will be pictured below, as is the S340's. My GPU temps can't be determined as I only ran my old 280X in my TRASH X. The hard drive temps are too hot for my liking (like 35c?) but I'm a bit picky sometimes. I'll give it a 10 here considering the size of it.

Airflow setup for both cases.



Oh, so you want reasoning why? Okay, look at it. It's beautiful. Let's go over the reasons why I say this:
  • No 5.25" bays that stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Placement of the 2.5" bays.
  • I don't have to see my disgusting silver hard drives. <3 NZXT
  • No ugly grommets on the back.
  • The window is a full window, not blocked off by things like crappy 200mm fans on the side.
  • The dust filters aren't visible at all.
  • The combination of sleeved cables and this case is magical for the eyes.

Is that enough?

I actually started off wishing I didn't buy this case, but it has grown on me a lot. I also noticed that my PSU filter wasn't the crappy one that should've came with it, but the one from the Elite. I only wish there was slightly more room for cables, which is one of the reasons I bought my EVOLV ATX TG. I really do like this case, and I'm definitely keeping it after my EVOLV arrives.
  • Installation: 8
  • Noise Level: 10
  • Performance: 10
  • Aesthetics: 10
  • Final Score: 9.5

really bad picture

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