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NZXT Phantom Case Review

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TAG 5th August 2010, 18:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
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).

They picked it up but I'm not sure it should have been.
Look at this:
http://a.imageshack.us/img580/5877/beatifulnzxtmodcola.jpg

It's not a half height rad, and it's not interferring with the motherboard.
Well it doesn't look half height to me, although I could be wrong, knowing how the roof has this plastic shell.
stonedsurd 5th August 2010, 18:48 Quote
I think that is a half-height rad.

Anything bigger than a Swiftech MCR series (or HWLabs BI GT Stealth) looks like it would have a hard time fitting up there, much like the TJ-07's roof. I wonder if the EK rads would fit. They're not as fat as the biggest rads, but they are considerably bulkier than the MCRs and GT Stealths.
Sloth 5th August 2010, 19:06 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.
You've lost me on that one. Each review has the same number of pages, each page with very similar amounts of content. A background is given for the case/manufacturer, details on fan locations and features are given, the test setup is explained, the results are shown, the results are analyzed, a conclusion and score are given. All roughly in the same order, even.

What was missing from the HAF X review? All fans are described, its construction material is given, the wheels were mentioned, the ducting was described, the hot-swap drives are mentioned, the EPS12V extention cable was mentioned, the front panel connections are listed, the fan LEDs and control switched are listed, radiator mounting holes are mentioned, and even the three grommets at the back are explained. What's missing from that?
Combatus 5th August 2010, 23:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by TAG
They picked it up but I'm not sure it should have been.
Look at this:
http://a.imageshack.us/img580/5877/beatifulnzxtmodcola.jpg

It's not a half height rad, and it's not interferring with the motherboard.
Well it doesn't look half height to me, although I could be wrong, knowing how the roof has this plastic shell.

That rad definitely isn't full height - looks like an Asetek lclc 240 watercooling system to me which is half height. If it was, the rad would come to below where the fans end. With fans installed they'd be obscuring at least an inch of the DIMM slots (the board being a Rampage III), hence full height rads can have issues with motherboards will large VRM heatsinks.
mnpctech 7th August 2010, 13:22 Quote
Nice review Anthony. It's really a great case and fun to mod as well.

I hope Antec reads this review and considers looking for outside design help.
ssj12 7th August 2010, 21:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
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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?)

go to NZXT's site, they have tons of pics and a video review from some youtube hardware reviewer who dissects the entire thing.
Syn 7th August 2010, 22:24 Quote
It's a nice looking case, but £109 and all that plastic!
Kipish Walter 8th August 2010, 17:26 Quote
I think they've just sold me one...
Siwini 1st November 2010, 16:44 Quote
O what 25.74" x 8.74" x 21.32" ?? Damn its long.. I like the hight tho, but 25 inches hmm...
Kovoet 17th April 2011, 19:32 Quote
Anyone ever bought or seen the red one of these, if so any feedback as in finish and look in its true form
23RO_UK 17th April 2011, 21:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kovoet
Anyone ever bought or seen the red one of these, if so any feedback as in finish and look in its true form

If my Phantom black is anything to go by Mark it will be spot on bud :)

The build quality of mine is flawless ;)
Torin 10th May 2011, 16:03 Quote
Just found the White with red for £86 thank you for great review was sceptical but sounds great and being sub£90 cant be bad with that lovely gloss finish anyone know if finish attracts dust like some gloss
tigertop1 11th May 2011, 12:25 Quote
It is some time since the last posting on this . I have had the red version for some 4 months now and it is a very good case. It still has a problem when you try to fit a side 200MM fan which inevitably fouls on a tall CPU cooler or even the rad on my H50 Corsair CPU cooler. However these problems can be overcome. I fitted a 120 MM fan instead of the side 200 and that does a great job on the Nvidia 560 GPU. I also installed a second fan in the roof space and added a 120mm air penetrator fan to the front panel . It currently lacks USB 3 on the top panel but I believe this may be addressed on the next production run. The fan controls could be improved but the NZXT dual slot fan controller makes a good alternative It is heavy, it is big but system installing is a joy in the well laid out interior
Serious 23rd February 2012, 14:39 Quote
I've been looking at one of these for quite a bit, and finally bought one. As it only just arrived these are first impressions.

The good bits. The design is very reminiscent of certain space based SF films and series, it certainly wouldn't look out of place on a Star Trooper's desk or that of the Alliance. It's as much a fashion statement as a gamer's tower case and could even be put forward as a work of art. It just looks right.

The mesh might look flimsy but it isn't, it will take a fair bit to damage it, although this obviously isn't intended as a lanparty case. The plastic front and top are easily removed but are strong and well moulded, the drive bays are easy to access and there is an incredible amount of room inside.

Then there is the bad bits. The catches for holding the case sides on is flimsy indeed. So flimsy that one of them broke before I got it. The problem is it's got a thin vertical bar which slides through a pair of supports, which doesn't support the mechanism at all well. If you regularly have your case side off for maintenance then be careful if you choose this. Breaking a catch isn't the end of the world though, you can use the top and bottom thumbscrews to secure the side still. It will just remind you every time.

A more minor thought is that in a case with so many tool free operations that there are thumbscrews holding the blanking plates and the sides on. I think they could have gone that little bit further, especially at this price point and put in full tool free assembly - even if it pushed the price up a little.

There is also no tool free 2.5" SSD bay, which could be a pain for those who want to use them. A spare plastic tray for this would have been a nice addition.
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