A Closer Look
Let’s take a look at the exterior of the S340 Elite chassis, starting with the right side showing the new tempered glass side panel which happens to have a 2 inch black boarder on the right side front, the rest has a 3/4 inch black border. The panel is held in place by 4 studs with rubber bushings & 4 knurled threaded caps.
The front bezel of the S340 Elite does not open, which means you’re out of luck if your used to installing a DVD or CD burner, even you’re fan controller can no longer be installed.
Moving along to the top of the chassis we see the top I/O , if your see something different added, it’s because NZXT decided to add a HDMI with VR support. Also NZXT decided to go with a single 120m fan up top which can be changed to a 140mm.
Time to see what’s happening on the right side as well as the rear of the S340 Elite chassis. Other than the puck, which can also be moved to the front panel. There’s nothing else really happening , but there’s plenty of room to add your favorite graphics and make your rig really stand out.
Moving over to the rear of the S340 Elite, we see all the regular players, Rear I/O cutout, Fan grill, as well as 7 expansion slots and the PSU bay cut out.
Taking a look at the bottom of the S340 Elite, the first thing you notice is the removable fan filter which sits directly below the PSU and is easily removed for cleaning. The 4 rubber feet do an excellent job holding the chassis in place.
Once the tempered glass side panel has been removed, you can see just how spacious the S340 Elite interior is, and the back plate cutout is large enough to work with almost all cooler or water block back plates. Also shown is the NZXT cable management bar.
Let’s talk about the tempered glass panel, as I mentioned earlier the clear tempered glass panel does have a black border going around it. The border on the left side plus the top and bottom of the panel is ¾ “ wide, with the right side coming in at 2”. The panel measures 17 ½ “ high by 17” long and is held in place by 4 studs with threaded ends, and a rubber bushing which fits over each stud.
Once the panel is installed 4 threaded knurled caps which also have a Phillips head must be lightly tightened to hold the panel. The next 3 photos will show you what we just talked about.
Here’s a close up of one of the four threaded studs which already has the rubber bushing installed.
Let’s take a look at the four knurled and threaded caps, which also have a Phillips head, although It would be best to use your fingers to tighten each cap.
Moving on to the front of the chassis, both side panels must be removed to have access for removing the front panel, once that has been done we can now remove the fan filter and see what we can mount in front as far as a radiator.
With the fan filter dropped down it looks like either a 240mm or 280mm radiator would work, so let’s take a look at our next photo with the filter completely out of the picture.
Looks like the new NZXT X62 AIO CPU Cooler would be an excellent choice for the S340 Elite build, seeing as I’ll be using a X99 motherboard with an overclocked 5930K . Time to get on the phone and see if NZXT can send us a X62 for our build!
While we’re waiting to hear back from NZXT let’s get on with the rest of this review. Taking a look at the inside front you can get a better idea of the mounting possibilities.
Moving on to the PSU cover, you will find mounting for three SSD’s Two on the top and one front right, which turns out to be great news for our planned build, seeing as we will be installing three OCZ Vector 180 960GB SSDs! W reviewed the Vector 180 960GB SSD drive for OCZ back in May!
The inside rear of the S340 Elite shows a 120mm fan mounted up top, and a 140mm fan on the rear panel. The I/O shield cut out as well as 7 expansion slots.
Next, we see the NZXT cable management bar, this has been a welcome addition in the last 4 chassis I have reviewed for NZXT, and does a great job hiding ugly cables and helps you do a really nice clean looking build.
Moving over to the right side of the S340 Elite chassis and with the right side panel removed , we have a good view as to what’s going on back here that was once hidden by the side panel. There’s a pretty decent cut out for installing cooler back plates, but we need to get a closer look at the NZXT cable clamps, but first, lets not forget about the bottom front drive cage which can hold at least two more drives.
I have to wonder why NZXT decided to stop at four when we could have used six, maybe more in different areas of the chassis.