Can NZXT improve on its popular S340 case design?
- Case Type: Mid Tower
- Motherboard Support: ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
- Dimensions (W/H/D): 203mm x 474mm x 432mm | 7.99in. x 18.67in. x 17in.
- Weight: 8.13kg | 17.92lbs
- CPU Cooler Clearance: 161mm
- GPU Length: 364mm | 14.33in. without radiator. 334mm | 13.15in with radiator.
- Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5in, 3 x 2.5in.
- I/O Ports: 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Audio/Mic, VR Output
- Front Fans: 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm. Radiators up to 280mm
- Top Fans: 1 x 140mm or 1 x 120mm (included)
- Rear Fans: 1 x 120mm (included). Radiator up to 120mm
- PCI Slots: 7
NZXT is a leading American computer hardware manufacturer best known for manufacturing computer cases and accessories for gaming computers. Their latest offering, the S340 Elite, is a mid tower which comes with a couple of great upgrades when compared to its predecessor S340.
Through this review, we shall discuss the aesthetics, performance, and pros and cons of the NZXT S340 Elite – Mid Tower Case and compare it to the older NZXT S340.
Features of the S340 Elite
This tower comes with a tempered glass panel adding to the overall aesthetics of the PC. While most gamers treasure their PCs and often love boasting the look and aesthetic of their gaming builds, this tower surely gives you that wow factor. The giant window on this tower is sure to highlight your efforts.
On top of it, this PC tower also comes with an HDMI port and an additional USB 3.0 port on the top IO panel. In a way, this tower strikes a perfect balance between aesthetic and usability. While the glass panel makes it stylish, these additional ports along with VR-ready design makes it completely practical.
This tower also features magnetic cable management which will help in storing audio headsets comfortably. The tower has a steel chassis and comes with a complete tempered glass construction as well.
This tower supports the Full Kraken Series Cooler up to 280mm along with integrated PSU shroud. While few people feel that these shrouds add no practicality and are merely an aesthetic addition, it still makes sense. While this tower tries to come off as a visually appealing as well as a robust tower, features like this are a plus point.
One of the greatest features of this tower is its interior. The interior is well designed, highly practical and build-friendly. This tower comes with a steel cable management bar which splits the rest of the case from the front intake. Apart from all of this, a new clamping system has been installed right behind the cable management bar in the rear side of the tower. This way, the whole activity of building your gaming console becomes pleasurable and easy.
This tower is compact and extremely well engineering. The level of detail in the engineering is great. Features like fully filtered intakes as well as audio jacks which come with steel plating and captive thumbscrews are the highlights.
Pros and Cons of Buying an S340 Elite
The upgrade in the cooling technology and great acoustic performance at low fan levels is a major upside. Also, the size-- being a traditional compact mid tower, it comes packed with a lot of functionalities.
This tower will fit oversized motherboards and offers dual fan radiator support too. The dust filter access is now made easier and can be cleaned effortlessly too. Along with all this, the magnetic headphone bracket is the icing on the cake.
The major downside of buying this tower is the fact that both the face panel, as well as the dust filter, need to be removed if one wants to access the screws of the hard drive bay. Also, the presence of external expansion card bracket leads to cumbersome card installation.
Another major flaw is the lack of 5 1/4" drive bays. Oldsters like myself love having CD and DVD/Blu Ray drives for watching movies, making EMP proof backups, for loading old software, etc.
How is this different from the S340
This tower is almost completely based on its predecessor S340. The major upgrades are the glass side panel, magnetic headphone holder as well as USB 3.0 and HDMI ports on the front panel. Except for few subtle design changes and VR support, there isn't too much that is different when it comes to the S340 vs. S340 Elite. Also, with this model NZXT adapts the tempered glass really well.
Overall, this tower adds more practicality, aesthetic value as well as enhanced cooling when compared to its predecessor.
Though the upgrades don't feel very significant, they still add a lot of practicality and make the computing experience much better. The performance of the tower is amazing as well. Overall, apart from the two downsides, mentioned above, there aren’t any other pressing issues.
The bottom line is the S340 Elite is pretty decent as a gaming case. But the real reason you will buy it is because of the aesthetics. The design is sleek and looks professional enough to be in an office setting much less a gamer's den.
The NZXT S340 Elite case (Amazon link) is a good mid tower for the given price range and is recommended, provided you don't require 5.25" bays.
NZXT S340 ElitePros
- Great acoustic performance.
- Magnetic headphone bracket.
- Beautiful full glass side panel.
- No 5 1/4" drive bays
- Front panel takes a lot of force to remove.