|NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 05 February 2013|
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Building a System
NZXT calls the Phantom 630 a "high performance modular ultra tower", and I suppose that's as good a description as any. It's not as large as monsters like the Cooler Master Cosmos II or the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra, but it's still a pretty big case. Of course one of the main advantages of a large case is that its easy to build a system in. Here we can see that an ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard fits with room to spare, even though it's somewhat larger than the standard ATX form factor.
This case is made for water coolers. It will not (quite) fit a double-thick radiator (the XSPC radiator I have can be installed, but occludes the EPS-12V power connector), but something like this Corsair H100 2x120mm radiator is no challenge at all.
Here's one problem I ran into: the snap-off plastic case front has these ridges molded into it. They serve to precisely locate 5.25" devices such as this Blu-Ray drive. As you can see from this image, the drive can't slide back any further into the case. However, this also means that you can't remove the case front (as you might wish to do to clean the front intake filter) without removing any 5.25" devices. In the case of an optical drive as shown below, this is merely an annoyance (remove SATA and power cables, flip release lever, slide drive out). However, if you're using a bay reservoir for your water cooling system, it's much more of a problem.
Completely assembled with lots of stuff: ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard, twin NVIDIA GTX 580 video cards, a very large Corsair AX1200 power supply, and a hard drive and SSD. Not only did everything fit with ease, but the space inside the case made neat wiring a snap.
With this tangle of cables on the other side of the system, you'd think it would take a lot of work cleaning things up just to get the side panel on. Nope. Due to the generous 1+ inch of clearance, the side panel fit on easily without any further work.
Once the case is sitting under your desk, these white LEDs will make it easier to see what's going on with your cables and connectors.
In the next section I'll present my final thoughts and conclusion on this case.