NZXT Lexa S Review: Game On

Battle is always hard. Described by the packaging, the Lexa S makes it look all too easy with the motto “Ready for Battle.” With an incredible design, and a powerful interior, the Lexa S dominates the mid-size ATX power gaming cases for those who need enough space for a dual-GPU configuration, without all the clutter.

  • Motherboards: ATX, Micro ATX;
  • Drive Bays: 4 External 5.25″ Drive Bays, 7 Internal 3.5″ HDD Drive Bays;
  • 7 Expansion Slots;
  • Cooling Fan Options: Front: 1x120mm Fans (Included), Side: 1x120mm blue LED Fan (Included), Top: 2x140mm Fans (1 Included), Rear: 1x120mm Fan (Included)
  • Chassis Dimensions (DxWxH): 528x196x480mm
  • Chassis Material: Steel
  • Chassis Weight: 7kg
  • Removable filter at the bottom PSU
  • Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top;

Other notable features:

  • Immense Performance: 5 fan capability (Front fan, Top 140mm fan, Side 120mm LED fan, rear 120mm exhaust included), fans rated at 43CFM, 23dB(A);
  • Fan control: Determine noise and airflow based on your needs, dual intakes and dual exhausts are controlled independently;
  • Night light: A ambient light over the 5.25″ drives give visibility in dark rooms and at LAN parties;
  • Black on Black: Smoked clear window and a black interior gives the best combination of black on black;
  • Meshed front panel allows for more airflow;
  • 5.25″ Stealth bay to keep a clean look;
  • NZXT Solid State bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed;
  • Wire Routing: Motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing. Turned HDD also helps with providing a cleaner look;
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the back plate
  • Front mounted USB, Audio, and E-SATA ports
  • High end graphics card support, extra space is especially designed to fit longer 10.5″ cards’
  • Mounting holes for dual radiator at the top;
  • Removable filter at the bottom PSU

The vast interior features on the Lexa S alone make it an incredible feat of ingenuity for the Micro ATX v2.2 Form Factor. Multiple headers and front I/O headers are numerous for the four fans for 120mm or 140mm. In addition, three power connectors for the LEDs and fan, two USB headers, headphone and other headers, and eSATA cables provide the flexibility of keeping many peripherals on at once without the akwardness of little to no space.

The Lexa S in itself provides efficient cooling from the inception of all the fans and averages a transient temperature between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. This is highly intense for a mid-size ATX, which easily range into the 45 degrees Celsius zone. The NZXT Lexa S is clearly the right choice for cooling efficiency.

The NZXT Lexa S outperforms in major areas for a beautiful price point that cannot be argued. While small problems exist with stand-off motherboards, the majority of the features far outrank one of the negatives. The NZXT Lexa S is simply marvelous.

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