Introduction and First Impressions
A low-cost case with tempered glass and high compatibility
While offering a modern look, the Nova TG is distinctly retro in two ways: first, it supports 5.25-inch external drives, and second, it has a very budget-friendly price tag of $56.99 – which seems lower still when considering the TG in the name stands for tempered glass, as this case sports a full glass side panel. It's available in black or white, and we have the black version in for review.
The Nova TG pictured with a full build (image via BitFenix)
Remembering the era of generic $29 ATX cases, the Nova TG gives you a lot more than we could get cheaply in the early 2000s, and that $56.99 price tag is pretty close to an inflation-adjusted $29…probably. Comparisons to older cases aside (not that this wouldn't make an excellent case for a retro PC build if you don't need an external 3.5-inch drive) it's time to focus squarely on the present and look at a modern ATX system build in the Nova TG.
- Materials: Steel, Plastic,Tempered Glass
- Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
- Power Supply: ATX & EPS 12V
- 5.25" Drive Bay: 1
- 3.5" Drive Bay: 3
- 2.5" Drive Bay: 3
- Cooling Front: 2x 120mm (1x 120mm Black Fan included)
- Cooling Rear: NOVA TG BLK 1x 120mm Red LED Fan (included)
- PCI-E Slots: 7 Slots
- I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, Audio I/O
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 201 x 437 x 465 mm
Price and Availability: $56.99, Amazon.com
The Nova TG is a pretty typical looking case by modern standards, and that tempered glass side panel does make this look more expensive. I still think the 5.25-inch bay steals the show (as ridiculous as that sounds, they are getting that rare!), and there is just a basic assortment of I/O up top.
The first thing I'll point out about the rear of the case is what you can see of the back side panel here:
Bowed out – by design! No more cramming cables after the build to get the side panel on (I hope). Otherwise this is just your typical ATX mid-tower back here.
And a quick look at the bottom of the case, which I forgot to photograph until the build was finished (just pretend you can't see the power supply through the glass).
Included is a minimal assortment of hardware and a piezo beeper, which is handy considering cases just aren't coming with PC speakers any more and not all motherboards integrate one – and beep codes are still a thing! (Unless your board has a diagnostic display, of course.)
On the next page we'll check out the interior and build process with the Nova TG.
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