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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

Detailed Interior Features

Looking behind the motherboard tray, we can see the plastic sleds used to secure the 3.5" drives.

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Just below the CPU cooler access cutout are two removable 2.5" drive trays. These are perfect for SSDs or 2.5" hard drives. This is a much nicer implementation as compared to other cases that simply drill four extra holes in the motherboard tray and call it an "SSD mounting point".

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Here's the breakout block for the built-in fan controller. It can handle up to 10 fans, but since the entire controller is only rated for 30 watts, be cautious about connecting powerful, high-speed fans and keep track of your total fan wattage.

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NZXT usually combines a low price with high quality, but they fell down on these drive sleds. The nicest thing I can say about these extremely flimsy bits of plastic is that they work reasonably well for 3.5" drives, whose width serves to keep the sides of the sled far out enough to fully engage the slots in the drive bays. However, there's virtually no tension holding the sides of the sled out, so if you mount a 2.5" drive in the middle of the sled (screws are provided for this), you will almost certainly have problems with the sled not being secure in its drive bay. These are the same flimsy sleds used in the otherwise excellent Phantom 820 case and it's disappointing to see them here as well. If you're mounting a 2.5" device, you can help a little by physically flexing the sides of the drive sled outwards, but beware: it's easy to break the sides off completely.

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NZXT seems to be one of the few case companies that actually builds systems in their cases. With over an inch of clearance between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel, along with copious tie-down points, you should have no trouble finding room for all your cables.

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OK, let's actually build a system in this case...



 

Comments 

 
# 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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