NZXT S340 Elite Review

The Build and Cooling

NZXT S340 Elite Review

The Build

Building into the Elite is as easy as with most other Mid towers, with the added exception that you don't have to carefully work the cables through rubber grommeted holes while trying not to dislodge the rubber.  No sir, the S340 Elite has a nice cover plate which makes the job so much easier and we have to say, we think, smarter looking.    

NZXT S340 Elite Review 

If you look straight on at the cable blind you might think it would be hard to feed the cables though, however if you angle your head 45 degrees or so you can see that in fact there's plenty of wiggle room.

NZXT S340 Elite Review  

Round the back, things remain neat and ordered with the Elite having a good slack handful of fixed position cable clips.  The clips are able to take many thick cables and are well positioned in the places you will naturally want to run cables when you build.  Added to this NZXT have also provided a good smattering of good old fashioned cable tie points so you can really get the reverse neat and tidy.

NZXT S340 Elite Review  

With all the main cables attached we think you'll agree that it's actually quite hard to see them.  We've also lobbed in our trusty Havik 120 for you to get an idea of scale.  Don't worry if your cooler is a little taller than this though as the S340 Elite will take coolers up to 161mm in height.

NZXT S340 Elite Review

 

With regards to water cooling, things are perhaps a bit more limited than we had hoped for.  In simple terms, there's no realistic way you're going to be putting a rad in the roof, as there's there's neither the room not the facility up there.  Yes there's a mount for a 120mm or 140mm fan, but that's about it we're afraid.  The front of the case though does afford rad mounting opportunities with anything up to a 240 or 280mm rad being an option

NZXT S340 Elite Review  

The only real limiting factor on rad thicknes at the front of the case is the presence of the cable blind which intrudes onto the path of the rad.  In total there's 70mm of room to be had, so with a pair of 25mm fans that leaves you with rads up to 45mm thick, which although not exactly massive, should be enough for most peoples needs.

NZXT S340 Elite Review

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Most Recent Comments

19-10-2016, 10:56:08

Wraith
Nice write up Gary, interesting direction NZXT are going though I'm slowly loosing my fondness for tempered glass panels now.. it was great when it was just InWin doing it, it was there "thing" but seeing 4 thumb screws on the side panel of every new case is getting rather boring.Quote

19-10-2016, 12:19:36

Midz
Hmmmm.. Had my eye on this case for a few weeks now, i like the styling, i like the cable management shroud and the front SSD mount really is a nice touch.. im finding myself torn between this and the Corsair Crystal 460X. But im edging towards the S340 more and more as time goes by, my only off put is the one fan mount on the top which hasn't a filter

If the price drops to around £65 i buy one Quote

23-10-2016, 14:34:43

TekoMine
The NZXT S340 Elite officially supports up to standard ATX boards 12 x 9.6 Inches, I wanted to know if it would be possible to unofficially fit the Asus X99 E-WS 10G, CEB motherboard which from what I've read have the same mounting holes as an ATX board but measures at 12 x 10.5 Inches.

Could anyone with experience with the case look into, and tell me if i could fit the CEB board and would problems I may face, Thanks. (:Quote

23-10-2016, 23:24:40

NeverBackDown
I don't see how this is worth $20 more than the regular version. I've also noticed that over time, the original S340 has actually gotten more expensive, to the point it's more expensive than a FD Define S, which imo is a better case. Which doesn't bode well for this one, being that much more expensive. Interior is neat and all, but not enough to warrant the price over other great cases.Quote

24-10-2016, 10:42:27

RickPlaysWarr
Like the case, but not the price. Also I am not really liking the two newer trends that seem to be HOT this year. Tempered glass, and RGB everything.

--Rick--Quote
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