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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the next section I'll present my final thoughts and conclusion on 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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