The NZXT S340

A balance of aesthetics, functionality, low price, and build quality.

Posted by HowManySmall on Jaunuary 27th, 2017
Forged from strong, cold-rolled steel, the S340 exudes an air of confidence that only the most durable of cases is capable of exhibiting. This extremely compact mid tower combines an uncompromising approach to chassis design with pure, minimalist style and everything you need.

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

Test System

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 (overclock: 4.7GHz@1.45v)

  • CPU 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

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. I'll give it a 8 because of the lack of space in the back.

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, although if I actually heard my HDD, I'd probably give it a 8.

Performance

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.
Here's how I have the fans setup.

Aesthetics

10. Oh, so you want reasoning why? Okay, just look at it, it's beautiful. Let's go over the other reasons why I say this:

  • No 5.25" bays that stick out like a sore thumb.

  • PSU SHROOOOOOOOOOOOOOUD!!!!

  • Placement of the 3.5" and 2.5" bays.

  • No ugly grommets, although I do miss them.

  • A full window that's not blocked off by crappy 200mm side fans.

  • No visible dust filters.

  • The combination of sleeved cables and this case is magical for the eyes.

Is that enough?

Haha, bad iPad picture.
Here's another bad picture. I live in the dark I guess.

Closing

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.

Scoring

  • Performance: 10

  • Noise Level: 10

  • Installation: 8

  • Aesthetics: 10

  • Final Score: 9.5 / 10

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