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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Interior

The plastic front and top panels of the NZXT Phantom 630 snap off, revealing the case's steel skeleton. The fine mesh filter for the 200mm front intake fan is in the front panel.

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The interior of the case seems at first glance to be a pretty standard design: large motherboard cutout for the CPU cooler, many rubber-grommeted cable routing holes, power supply at the bottom, and 3.5" drive bays below the 5.25" drive bays. But there are some surprises in store. Notice that the 3.5" bays are comprised of three separate sections: a single-drive bay, a dual-drive bay, and a triple-drive bay.

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Here's the surprise: all three 3.5" drive bays can be removed by undoing a few thumb screws. Note that the triple-drive bay has a pivoting fan mount that can accommodate a 120mm or 140mm fan.

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The drive bays can be rearranged to suit the needs of your build. For example, if you have very long video cards or just need extra space for cabling...

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Remove the shield under the lowest drive bay and you'll see mounting points for a dual 120mm radiator. And remember, it's got its own dedicated filter, which was removed for this photo.

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Let's continue our exploration of this case in the next section.



 

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# Been looking forward to this one...Tom Jaskulka 2013-02-05 19:48
Great to see this one David! Thanks for the review. I actually had a question that I haven't seen answered anywhere: does this case use custom NZXT 200mm fans? As in, do I need to make sure to purchase the NZXT branded fan if I wanted to add another 200mm to the top?
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# RE: Been looking forward to this one...David Ramsey 2013-02-05 20:46
It uses NZXT fans, but as far as I can tell they're "standard" in that they seem to use the normal set of 200mm mounting points.
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# RE: RE: Been looking forward to this one...Tom Jaskulka 2013-02-06 10:43
My Vulcan (and the original Phantoms from what I've heard) all used the "not quite" 200mm fans, so upgrading would have been a deal-breaker for me if this one was the same way. If you ever get a chance to confirm for sure or measure, I'd say thank you again ;) Certainly not a priority though, I appreciate the response!
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# RE: RE: RE: Been looking forward to this one...David Ramsey 2013-02-06 15:08
There's only one place you can add a 200mm fan (the top of the case), and the fans are $16.99 at Newegg, so it's not a big deal if it's non-standard...unless there are some non-NZXT 200mm fans you really like
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# RE: NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Casekzinti1 2013-03-14 02:16
It's high time these case manufacturers realized how easy it is to make room for all the cables behind the motherboard tray. I'd like to see the companies settle on 1.5 inches from the mobo tray to the inside of the back cover. These mobo power cables aren't going to get any smaller any time soon and a little excess space would be a Godsend.
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