Every feature of the Ferrari 458 is about creating pure speed. 597 hp are coaxed from the mid-engine mounted 4.5L V8; that power blasts its way through a 7 speed dual-clutch paddle shifted transmission where it is unleashed into the rear wheels to launch you up to orbit at 210 mph. Every aspect of the exterior of this modern day supercar is designed to lend itself to creating pure unadulterated speed. Meanwhile the exquisite interior reminds you that yes indeed you are certainly in a $243,090 Ferrari. It’s no surprise then that NZXT’s case designer took direct inspiration from the 458 for their first ever small form factor chassis, the Manta. From the flowing lines and curves to the recessed intakes the Manta says, I too want to go fast, I too am elegantly and intelligently put together. But does the Manta live up to the distinguished image of it’s role model? Do the years of hard work and design come together to create an object of perfection? Follow along as we take a close look at this brand new case!
Special thanks to NZXT for providing the Manta for review!
– New manufacturing technology offers unparalleled build quality
– Elegant, curved steel paneling and window
– Double the cable management space
– Dual 280mm liquid cooling support
– Kraken X61-ready with push/pull capabilities
– Integrated PSU shroud for a beautifully clean build
– Fully filtered, easy-to-remove intake
For a full list of specifications check out the product page.
We usually like to open by talking a little bit about the exterior box of the product we are checking out. Since the Manta is here pre-release ours arrived in a plain brown box within a plain brown box. The only thing we find is a sticker on the interior box denoting the model and color, black/white. One thing immediately noticeable is that one of the corners is quite smushed in, hopefully there is plenty of padding inside to keep the case protected.
Opening the box we find that the case is indeed well protected by two large foam pads on both of the ends. Removing the large pads, we find the case itself is wrapped completely in a durable plastic bag.
Taking the bag off a closer inspection reveals that our Manta arrived in perfect condition with plastic covering the large window cutout on the side panel. The plastic easily peels off revealing an acrylic panel in pristine condition on the exterior; not a scratch to be found. Later we’ll find that the same is true on the interior side of the window. Great work NZXT your product has arrived from the other side of the country in pristine condition on our doorstep.