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NZXT Phantom Case Review

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Material 4th August 2010, 13:44 Quote
wow, didnt know there was a red version of this, looks very striking.
Kenny_McCormick 4th August 2010, 14:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by TAG
Bill Owen reviewed it and measured that gap at a whooping 1 inch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZxhvfSVLpM&feature=player_embedded

+rep to you for the link and info.

1 inch is great, as BT said it would be great to see this case under the 100 barrier
paisa666 4th August 2010, 14:35 Quote
BEHOLD THE BLACK COLOUR EDITION

ITS JUST GORGEOUS

http://a.imageshack.us/img580/5877/beatifulnzxtmodcola.jpg
By daniel_vasco at 2010-08-04
craigbru 4th August 2010, 14:41 Quote
Great review guys! It was a pleasure to work with NZXT on this case. I do think more companies should listen to what modders have to say. After all, modding was born out of the need to change something for the better, and we're all an opinionated bunch.

Interior design and airflow was a huge priority for this case. We wanted excellent cooling, and easy cable routing. I'm happy with the case performance as shipped, but it is even better with a few of those empty fan holes filled. It's a matter of price. How much more would you have paid with the extra fans included? In the end, adding them later if more performance is desired is probably the best way to go. You still get excellent performance right out of the box, without paying a high premium for that privilege.
Kenny_McCormick 4th August 2010, 15:23 Quote
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You did a great job, congratulations. I must confess I'm a little bit jelous of you being able to colaborate doing a case.
shaffaaf27 4th August 2010, 16:40 Quote
really wanted this for w/c but half heigh radiator = fail.
Taffy 4th August 2010, 17:21 Quote
Not one decent shot of the rear of the case, it appears to have only 7 card slots, if so for an E-ATX case --Fail
kzinti1 4th August 2010, 18:59 Quote
kurisudetsu 4th August 2010, 18:59 Quote
I have one problem with this review, where are the other angles of the case in the photos? No picture of the entire top? With the front door open? The other side? The back? Instead I get a ton of shots of the one side and 2 close ups? I've noticed this is happening a lot with the reviews on here lately; is there a reason for this?
FelixTech 4th August 2010, 19:13 Quote
How do the vents on the right side help? Surely all of the air from the two intake fans blows straight over the hard drives and out of the case again!
craigbru 4th August 2010, 19:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
How do the vents on the right side help? Surely all of the air from the two intake fans blows straight over the hard drives and out of the case again!

Exactly! That's their sole purpose for existing. With the bigger mesh side window, and the fans on the top and rear, there is still plenty of cooling for components without having to blow the heat from the HD's through the case.
confusis 4th August 2010, 21:02 Quote
Similar idea in the vents to my cre8serv mnpctech BT design contest design :)

Great case craig!

(wonder how many designs have been stolen from our design contests though?)
craigbru 4th August 2010, 21:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by confusis
Similar idea in the vents to my cre8serv mnpctech BT design contest design :)

Great case craig!

(wonder how many designs have been stolen from our design contests though?)

Well maybe great minds think alike! The interior was planned in early 2009. That predates your case a little... :D

It wouldn't surprise me if manufacturers looked at those threads. I would hope they would do the right thing and contact the designer for permission and compensation, although I'm sure that never happens. That said, NZXT is the exception. Working with the community who buys your products really makes sense. It's good to try and keep that focus, or you'll put out cases like Antec has lately...
stonedsurd 4th August 2010, 21:30 Quote
Wow, the black version looks like Vader's gaming case :D
Senilex 4th August 2010, 21:34 Quote
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Inconsistent reviewing from BitTech. Amateurs.

We're happy to listen to feedback, but seriously, you need to be more constructive.

For example the HAF X review was just a rushed over review without detailing it as much as you did this case when the HAF X has considerably more features.
confusis 4th August 2010, 22:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by craigbru
Well maybe great minds think alike! The interior was planned in early 2009. That predates your case a little... :D

It wouldn't surprise me if manufacturers looked at those threads. I would hope they would do the right thing and contact the designer for permission and compensation, although I'm sure that never happens. That said, NZXT is the exception. Working with the community who buys your products really makes sense. It's good to try and keep that focus, or you'll put out cases like Antec has lately...

Never said you stole my design :P , but yeah great minds do think alike :D
craigbru 4th August 2010, 22:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by confusis
Never said you stole my design :P , but yeah great minds do think alike :D

No worries bro. I had to go back and look at your case. I forgot about how much I liked that design. ;)
Hypnosam 4th August 2010, 22:19 Quote
Love the look of the case looks to have great cable tiding as well. Just wish I had the £109 to buy it.
Senilex 4th August 2010, 22:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Senilex
Inconsistent reviewing from BitTech. Amateurs.

In hindsight the "Amateur" comment was below the belt as you are all clearly love your jobs, but still feel the review (not the review method) was inconsistent with others.
Bakes 4th August 2010, 23:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Senilex
For example the HAF X review was just a rushed over review without detailing it as much as you did this case when the HAF X has considerably more features.

What features are you talking about? A careful balanced has to be reached on all reviews between plus-points and genuine improvements, and I personally couldn't see any glaring deficiencies in the HAF X review.

I was at bit-tech when these reviews were taking place - they were not in any way rushed.
void 5th August 2010, 00:07 Quote
Definitely a nice case and great improvement from NZXT, but I still prefer the HAF X over this. But I'm interested to see what case you will review next week as I'm looking for a high air flow type case.
Bakes 5th August 2010, 00:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by void
Definitely a nice case and great improvement from NZXT, but I still prefer the HAF X over this. But I'm interested to see what case you will review next week as I'm looking for a high air flow type case.

Is it specifically high airflow you want? I have an idea of what will be coming in the next few days, and whilst it's not high-airflow as-per-say, its sexy in the flesh, cools brilliantly and is whisper quiet. Could be what you want? (it will be very expensive though).
ssj12 5th August 2010, 02:18 Quote
I really disagree with the majority of your reviews on NZXT cases, other than Hades. I own the original Tempest case and the Alpha case. Both are very nice cases that are both well built and spacious. While I would love an upgrade to the Tempest Evo or this lovely Phantom case the Tempest works well thanks to the excellent cooling system it contains. 3 intakes and 3 outtake fans comboed with an additional PCI slot fan under my GTX480 my system stays very nicely cooled. My GTX480 OCed by 15% stays between 50 and 77c and my AMD Athlon X2 7750 OCed to 3GHz stays below 25c on max load (with Zalman cooler, stock its about 45c).
void 5th August 2010, 03:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bakes
Is it specifically high airflow you want? I have an idea of what will be coming in the next few days, and whilst it's not high-airflow as-per-say, its sexy in the flesh, cools brilliantly and is whisper quiet. Could be what you want? (it will be very expensive though).

Haha you have peeked my interest, what is this case?
phuzz 5th August 2010, 09:04 Quote
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We spotted mounting holes for a dual 120mm-fan radiator in the roof too although only a half height radiator would fit with anything bigger fouling the VRM heatsinks on the motherboard.
Thanks for mentioning this! I find it really useful to know whether it's possible to fit water cooling to a case, it's more important to me than tool-less expansion slot covers (more trouble than their worth imo).
Also, it would be nice to have a few more pictures of the case, for us modders, it's important to know if (eg) there's much space behind the mobo tray etc. If you don't want to break the flow of the article, maybe a little gallery at the end?
(although it sounds like you're busy doing lots of case reviews right now, going to review the Zalman MS1000 any time soon?)
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