|NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 05 February 2013|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Introduced at the 2013 CES show, the Phantom 630 is an obvious relative to previous NZXT Phantom cases...in fact, it looks like the Phantom 820's younger brother. NZXT is sticking with their "multi window" side panel, where one large cutout is devoted to a side ventilation fan, and another wide is just for viewing. The mesh of the lower panel and the window in the upper panel are both secured from the inside, leading to a clean look for the panel.
The right side panel, though, is a simple flat piece of steel with no detailing at all.
The accessories package is pretty minimal: the standard multi-lingual fold-out manual, and many bags of screws and fasteners. It is nice that all the bags are both clearly labeled and re-sealable.
The back of the case has a couple of interesting features. First, there are nine card slots, which means that folks running triple- or quad-card CrossFireX or SLI will have plenty of room. Seconds, the rear exhaust fan can be either a 120mm or 140mm piece, which is nothing new...but NZXT has replaced the standard fixed-position screw holes with slots. This means that you can adjust the position of the exhaust fan to be precisely where you want it to be. This kind of low-cost innovation is something I've come to expect from NZXT.
At the bottom of the case are two slide-out fine mesh air filters. The filter at the right of this image is for the power supply intake fan, while the filter at the left would come into use if you mounted a 2x120mm radiator in the bottom of the case. Many cases these days will simply slap some coarse plastic mesh with tab cut-outs on a case and call it a "filter", but these are fine-mesh filters in sturdy plastic frames.
The top of the case houses a single 200mm filtered fan (although only one 200mm fan is included with the case, NZXT includes a 200mm fan filter for the open position). At the top left f this image are the two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, with audio input and output jacks, while the power, reset, rear light, and fan controller switches are at the bottom.
Here's a closer look at the switch cluster. Starting at the top left of the black area, the tiny black switch labeled "I/O" controls the white LEDs that illuminate the rear of the case, which is handy when you're trying to attach cables under your desk. Immediately to the right is a three position slider switch that controls your fan speed, with three LEDs to indicate its setting. The small gray switch is the reset switch while the large unlabeled gray switch is the power switch.
Behind the magnetically latched front door are the four 5.35" device bays, with spring-loaded covers for the unused positions. And see that little slot at the top? That's an integrated SD card reader, a feature we also saw on the Phantom 820. If you do any photography this is a really useful feature to have.
Let's take a look at the interior of this case in the next section...