With the popular release of the NZXT H440, Razer and NZXT previously teamed-up to ship an H440 case with Razer’s color, style, and logo. This was a bit of surprise as Razer really hadn’t had designs partners like this before. As of yesterday, it appears that NZXT and Razer will continue to release NZXT cases with slightly altered designs and styles.
The latest case that Razer and NZXT collaborated on is the “S340 - Designed by Razer.” Yes, that is its name; not exactly very catchy, if you ask me, but no one did. Regardless of name, the new S340 (which we will call the Razer S340) is the same as the NZXT S340, but with some color and logo tweaks. The design is almost exactly the same – it is a good design after all – so our review of the NZXT S340 is perfectly relevant for the Razer S340. To recap that review, the NZXT S340 is a minimalist, (almost) entirely metal ATX case, without any front 5.25” bays. It includes a PSU shroud and cable management bar that allow for cable management without the use of grommets. The S340 has good watercooling support, with a 280mm radiator being mountable in the front. It also includes dust filters for the fan intakes.
But that’s not new.
Razer has put their three-headed snake logo on the front of the case and on the cable management bar. Razer has also colored the USB 3.0 ports and power LED the company green. They’ve added green underglow lighting. The side window panel is now tinted and a PCI slot base cover for “a flush look and funneled airflow” is present. The Razer S340 is only available in black and green, which fits Razer’s branding.
Ultimately, the Razer S340 is still the NZXT S340. Like the Razer H440 and the NZXT H440, the differences between the NZXT and Razer version are entirely branding and color scheme changes, with some Razer logos slapped on front. The Razer S340 will be available at the NZXT Armory for $100. The standard NZXT S340 is available for $70 on Newegg currently, so the unique style and lighting additions do carry a higher price.
Unless you’re specifically after the green/black look (or a huge Razer fan), the NZXT S340 is a more affordable buy.
- Michael "The Bear" Kerns.