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NZXT Beta EVO Case Review

The Beta EVO comes packaged in a very plain cardboard box with no fancy images of any type just the basic product information.

Once removed from the package we have the Beta EVO with molded Styrofoam pieces fitted to the top and bottom of the case. The case itself is secured in a plastic bag to help prevent scratches to the exterior surfaces during shipping.

The lower portion of the front panel is made up of molded plastic material with vertical slots cut into it to assist with airflow. The power and reset buttons are located on either side of this area just below the 5.25” bays. The slotted area has mesh and a thin layer of foam rubber behind it to prevent dust from getting into the case. The upper half of the front panel consists of 4 removable 5.25” mesh bay covers.

The left side panel has two places to hold 120mm fans. These areas are perforated to allow ample air intake to assist cooling your GPU and other system add on cards.  One thing we see missing from this setup are any form of dust filters. In order to keep costs down these little bonus features are often omitted.

The rear panel of the Beta EVO is quite basic. The layout is made for a bottom mounted PSU, which may help with cable routing.  There are two liquid cooling punchouts which are protected by rubber and reside next to the expansion bays. On the top portion of the rear panel there is room for an optional 120mm exhaust fan as well as the cutout for the I/O shield.

The top panel of the Beta EVO presents a couple of different options as far as cooling goes.  There is space for 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm fans.  If water cooling we could place a dual rad setup there instead. Something simple like the pre assembled CoolIT ECO or the Corsair H50 would work well in the Beta EVO. The front part of the top panel has hookups for a headset, microphone, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an e-SATA port.

The bottom of the Beta EVO shown above is the only place that a dust filter makes an appearance, and after removing 4 screws it can be removed for cleaning.  The PSU mounts on the bottom of this case and draws fresh air in so this filter will help reduce the amount of dust that gets sucked into the PSU.

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