You will get one pre-installed 120mm fan and have the option for another 120mm fan for your intake into the Prominent 9 case.
You also have the option for an 80mm fan on the back of the motherboard tray to help cool the motherboard.
At the bottom of the case, you have the option of adding another 140mm, 120mm, 92mm, or 80mm fan to help bring in more fresh air into the case.
For the exhaust options in the Prominent 9, you have a few fan choices that you can go with. At the top of the case, you can install another 140mm fan or a 120mm, 92mm, or 80mm fan to help with exhaust. The back exhaust gives you an option of a 120mm, 92mm, or 80mm fan to use.
The Nexus Prominent 9 is fitted with noise absorption material. The noise absorption material is composed of a premium dense foam and rubber-like material with noise isolating characteristics. Nexus installed a flat layer on the panel behind the motherboard, and a nice wave foam layer on the other panel. These sound proofing materials will help reduce some of the excess noise to help this case be as quiet as possible.
The Prominent 9 has also installed rubber pads for the PSU to sit on, in addition to a rubber pad that will sit between the PSU and the aluminum panel when you screw it down. All of this will further help to prevent rattling from the PSU and again, will help keep the case as quiet as possible.
The Nexus Prominent 9 has a lot of good features to boast about. The tool-free installation is always good to see in cases these days, and the sound dampening solutions that they have brought along as well, help make it as quiet as possible. Both panels had the foam installed on them, with no fan holes cut into them that would potentially release sound. The PSU and hard drives were also taken care of with their preventative rubber and foam installations. The front I/O ports will make it easy for you to access them, but we would have liked to have seen a USB 3.0 connection or two. The wire management clips are a good idea in theory, and we are glad to see Nexus thinking outside the box. However, if you were to install a long video card as we did, it will limit the amount of wires that you could actually run through the clips. The big 140mm exhaust fan, with the option for another, and the very unique exhaust top area is another good feature in this case.
We would have liked to have seen a few more options with the Prominent 9. The wire management we talked about earlier would have really helped clean up the wiring mess with the longer video cards if they had installed pre-cut holes on the motherboard tray. The HDD cage installation and removal was hampered by the wire clips just enough to be a nuisance. This would only be a real issue if you continually have to remove and put back the HDD cage from swapping out hard drives. One thing we did not mention above is that they did not paint the whole case black, as you can see. For the asking price of this case, we would expect them went the extra mile and gone with an all black interior.
We would be happy to recommend this case to those looking for a quiet chassis, that maintains good airflow. Overall, this a good case that was well thought out. The Nexus Prominent 9 has done a lot to keep your system running as silently as possible.
The Nexus Prominent 9 receives the TechREACTION.net Bronze Silicon Award!
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