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Written by Mathew Williams   
Friday, 13 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BK
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case Review

NZXT took the wraps off its newest Crafted Series case last month and, when it becomes available this September, the NZXT Phantom promises to the be an enthusiast favorite. With room for seven fans, a fully integrated fan controller, and an enthusiast-inspired design, it's easy to see why expectations of this case are high. Benchmark Reviews has been provided with an early sample and, hoping it will live up to the hype, we take an in-depth look at the Phantom Full Tower Case (PHAN-001BK) and deliver a verdict on this latest offering from NZXT.

With any computer case, there are several aspects we examine here at Benchmark Reviews. First, and foremost in my mind, is functionality. In other words, how easy or difficult is the installation and how well does the case support the components once installed. Along the same lines, I'll be looking at overall quality, as this plays an important role in both of these areas. It also leads to another key priority, particularly for the enthusiast crowd this case is aimed at, thermal performance. While we won't be running a thermal test in this review, with fours fans, and room four three more, you can expect the Phantom fare pretty well here. The Phantom also, in my opinion, racks up some points when it comes to appearance. Although a bit more subjective, appearance is also an important aspect of case design and is what we'll take a look starting on the next page.

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Before we move on, though, it's worth pointing out our fifth and final review category: value. It helps keep everything else in perspective. With unlimited funds, I'm sure we could all dream up the perfect case, but with an MSRP of $139.99, it's clear NZXT tried to squeeze everything in that they could at a relatively fair price-point. We'll revisit this value perspective throughout this review.

Manufacturer: NZXT Corporation
Product Name: Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case
Model Number: PHAN-001BK
Price As Tested: $139.99 (MSRP)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NZXT Corporation.

NZXT Phantom Features

  • High Performance Cooling Advantages - Phantom's extensive cooling capabilities include 7 fan cooling options with dual 200mm, single 230/200mm, triple 120mm, and front 140mm fans. For enhanced control and expandability, NZXT includes dual radiator support, quad watercooling cutouts, and an integrated fan controller with up to five 20W channels.
  • Simple Installation - Phantom celebrates an array of innovative features designed to enhance every stage of the build. Meticulous wire management is easily attainable with large spacing behind the motherboard. The innovative all-new 5.25" screwless rails make installing and swapping HDDs an effortless process. Rubber grommets dampens vibration during operation.
  • Additional Advanced Features - Further distinct features include an LED on/off button to control fan lighting, rubber PSU and case feet to reduce vibration, easily removable front and top panels, and top mounted USB, Audio/Mic, and E-SATA ports.
  • Extensive Compatibility and Expandability - Features support for larger heat sinks, graphics cards, and E-ATX motherboards enabling enthusiasts to include any of today's hottest components. Vast space within the enclosure allows for 7 hard drives with SDD support and up to five 5.25" bays.

Phantom Full Tower Case Specifications

MODEL Phantom Series
CASE TYPE Full Tower Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 222 x 540 X 623 mm
COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 1 X 140mm
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)
SIDE, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 200/230 (2 x 120mm included)
TOP, 2 X 200mm (1 x LED 200mm included)

DRIVE BAYS 5 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
7 INTERNAL 3.5"/2.5" Slots
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with black finish
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
POWER SUPPLY 500 WATT PS2 ATX 12V 2.0 ( OPTIONAL )
WEIGHT 11 KGS (W/O Power)
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT MOTHERBOARDS: E-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT



 

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# RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDavid Ramsey 2010-08-12 20:31
"It ain't an enthusiast full tower case with < 8 slots..."
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# RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKOlin Coles 2010-08-12 20:33
You're so bitter! One day you'll find the case of your dreams... one day.
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# RE: RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDavid Ramsey 2010-08-13 09:45
Actually Iooked at a HAF-X in San Jose and it looks as though it might be better (for me) than the FT02. 9 slots! But I really like the FT02, and it looks as if the slot layout of the ASUS Rampage Extreme III _or_ the P6T6 WS Revolution or Supercomputer would work well with it.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKhsew 2010-08-13 12:04
Take a look at some of the Lian-Li cases.
PC-7FNWX
PC-P50WB
PC-60FNWX
PC-8FIB
PC-B25FWB

Just some suggestions...
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# This is case I am looking for - this review make me one more word DEFINITELYmgph 2010-08-12 21:37
Hey Olin, once again thanks for the detailed review and this is the case that I am looking for once I get decided for graphics card. Now I am using NZXT Tempest Evo which is mid tower casing and a little bit tendius for me to swap in/out hdd or the huge 4870X2 graphics. Your review and score make me more willing to grab this one asap :)
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# RE: This is case I am looking for - this review make me one more word DEFINITELYOlin Coles 2010-08-13 06:10
@mgph: Mathew Williams was the author of this article.
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# RE: RE: This is case I am looking for - this review make me one more word DEFINITELYMathew Williams 2010-08-14 18:29
Thanks. If you do pick one up, let us know how it works out. The Tempest is a good case, but in my opinion the Phantom is set up a bit better, particularly if you're swapping out HDDs or using a larger graphics card.
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# BitterDum de dum 2010-10-11 09:40
I'm rather bitter they only support their own 200mm NZXT fans. Found that out the expensive way...
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# RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDoug 2010-08-13 01:17
Really nicely done case as far as utility goes. I love the side mount drive bays. Still, I think this older case is the best looking I've ever seen, and it's 99% all aluminum.
##amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-830-KKN2-GP-Stacker-Black/dp/B000P4WH98/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1281690805&sr=1-1

803SE Stacker case. I wish it had the new mounting systems the newer cases have, but it's still very good in that respect and has a cable hiding side also. Mounts 7 120mm or 200mm in the side and three 120mm, back, top, front.
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# Wow...Christopher Heisler 2010-08-13 07:40
This is a damn nice case. I just wish it wasn't so FUGLY!!!
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# RE: Wow...Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-08-13 12:22
I have to agree that the black version isn't the best looking, but the red (ferrari fan boy) and white (like a storm trooper :P) are definately very sexy indeed :D
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# RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKRio Darmasetiawan 2010-08-14 00:22
it's such a lovely case.. i think i love it more than my HAF 922.. the price is also not that expensive though a little bit more expensive than my current case.. looking forward to having it here.. especially the red version..
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# RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDWDALLAM 2010-08-14 00:55
The thing is, it's made from plastic and sheet metal. I hate that crap. I wish I could have this case's internals and keep my Black Stacker 830SE :(
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# RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDavid Ramsey 2010-08-14 07:03
Looks as if the ATCS 840 is the only all- aluminum full tower that Coller Master still makes. It's surprisingly inexpensive, too, at $169.99 at Newegg...way cheaper than the insane $500 Amazon wants for the out-of-production Stacker 830.
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# RE: RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKDWDALLAM 2010-08-14 21:18
I know, it's quite sad. Perhaps it cost a bundle to have a designer do a case, like the 830 series. I still think the 830 is the best looking case ever made. It's also pretty much equal, in cooling, to an open bench, since the entire thing is shrouded in aluminum mesh. It's not a bad case internally, but the new stuff designers are coming out with are just better now. I wish CM would bring back the 830 but update all of its internals. Again, the internals are still pretty damn good. The door on that thing is made from solid 1/4" aluminum. LOL
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# RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKMilby 2011-01-11 05:42
##nzxt.com/new/products/case_fans/fn_200rb

Guys, quick question - NZXT says they only guarrantee fitment of a 200 mm fan if you use the above one linked.

However on their website they say it is 37.25 dBA!!! Doesn't that seem awfully loud to you?
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# RE: RE: NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BKOlin Coles 2011-01-11 10:05
Not really. That's actually on the quiet side of fans.
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# WATTKristoffer Halvorsen 2011-04-04 04:23
Quest about WATT. i got a mother card Asus with a i5 intel and 4gb RAm. Video car 4900 ATI and i just got 750WATT is that enough?? plz answare
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# RE: WATTOlin Coles 2011-04-04 07:39
That will be more than enough. You could probably operate with only a 500W PSU.
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# :DDDKristoffer Halvorsen 2011-04-05 13:05
ok :D now i know that but im going to get NEW 3d video card and more space....... :)
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# 200mm fanskeeter 2011-04-19 20:41
Hi,
I just helped a friend install some new fans...(1) 200mm on the top and when I went to install the second one on the side panel the fan is hitting the liquid cooler. Has anyone else had this problem??? If so are there any ideas on how go work around it besides pulling off the 120mm attached to the rad. Any help would be great!!!

Thanks,
Skeeter
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