NZXT Phantom Reviewairman - July 27, 2010
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I must say that the NZXT Phantom is superior in quality and offers many great features. The amount of space on the interior is astronomical and will surely be a great choice for many computer users today, as well as for long periods of time in the future. NZXT has brought a lot of features to the table with the Phantom that are new to me and surely new to many others. The integrated fan controller is probably my favorite, though not completely necessary for the fans packaged with the Phantom as they already are silent at full speed. However 20W per channel can supply enough power to any high speed fan on the market. The case is almost 100% toolless (aside from installing the motherboard itself) and can speed up installations greatly. The mesh panels are also a great addition as they look great while acting as a subtle way to improve airflow throughout the entire case. Even a dual radiator can be installed next to the motherboard on the inside of the case on top of where the wire management slots are located.
However, there are several things that I wish were a little bit different on the Phantom. Though preferred by some, the high gloss finish acquires fingerprints very easily and can require a frequent wiping if the case is handled regularly. Also, it must be the motherboard that I'm using, because I have yet to discover a case with a heatsink mounting access hole that is positioned the right way to work with it. With the MSI X58 Platinum SLI, two of the holes there are inaccessible. Making the cutout slightly taller would fix it, but it always seems that this is the case. This means that any user whose mounting holes are too high or too low will be required to remove the motherboard completely to install or change a heatsink that bolts directly to the motherboard.
Aside from those two complaints, I can definitely make the statement that the NZXT is a great computer case and I doubt I'll be letting it go for a while. The wire management is great, there is loads of space inside the case, it can house a massive amount of fans, large ones at that, and looks great. For a computer enthusiast in the market for an upper end, full tower, great looking case, the NZXT is far from being shy of a poor choice.
- Great Looks
- Huge amounts of room
- Virtually toolless
- Accommodations for external water cooling loops
- Room for a dual radiator inside the case
- Finish fingerprints easily
- Temperatures not the greatest, adding fans would most likely fix this
- Cutout for heatsink access hole may not work on all motherboards