NZXT Phantom Reviewairman - July 27, 2010
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Established in 2004, NZXT is a manufacturer that many computer enthusiasts have become fans of. Having manufactured some very popular computer products in the case and cooling category, NZXT is even beginning to dive into high end power supply units. NZXT offers many sleek cases that cater to all enthusiasts in their market as their product line continues to grow every year. I had the pleasure of publishing a review on the NZXT Lexa S that outperformed most of the other cases it was compared against.
Unveiled at Computex 2010 earlier this month,the NZXT Phantom is a full tower case with plenty of room for just about anything that consumers would want to have in their cases. The NZXT Phantom offers many integrated solutions and accommodations that provide extra convenience and ease of use that many cases on the market today do not. I remember seeing this case in the Computex article (linked above) and felt a lot of excitement to finally see the Phantom in person. The Phantom is available in Black, White, and Red. I look forward to getting everything put together in the Phantom and seeing what it is capable of! This article contains a complete review from the Phantom's unboxing, to a thorough testing of its functionality and cooling capabilities.
The NZXT Phantom is packaged in a black box with a lot of content printed on to it. The Phantom that is pictured on the box is the white version, though it does have two small pictures on the back that show the other two colors that are available. The front of the box pictures a top-down angle of the Phantom with a wireframe watermark behind it. Beneath this is the word "Phantom" and "NZXT". Both the left and right sides contain a complete list of the Phantom's specifications as well as the color in which it is packaged. The rear of the case has an extensive list of features that the case offers and is printed in several different languages. My favorite part that appears on this list is the integrated 5-channel fan controller.
The NZXT Phantom is protected by a plastic bag and secured between two styrofoam blocks. The box was delivered without any external damage, and as so, the case is completely unharmed. Inside of the case is a white box that contains a total of nine individual bags of screws and a bag of wire ties and a small speaker. The screws included are: standard 6-32 2x hex, flat, and 2x round screws (motherboard, power supply, etc), M3 for securing 5.25" devices (optional), screws for an extra front and top fan, and ten thumbscrews. Also included are two brackets for mounting an internal dual radiator. Underneath this box is the user's manual, which contains information about assembly and features.
With the case out of the box, it is now time for this review to move onto the next stage, which will cover the outside of the case and its features.