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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Chassis Review

Manufacturer: NZXT
Product Name: Switch 810 Full Tower
Model: CA-SW810-W1
Price As Tested: $169.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was provided by NZXT.

What is it that you should look for in a computer case, exactly? The market is full of many different styles with plenty of different features and the prices range from next-to-nothing to arm-and-a-leg. When deciding on a computer case, those are the three areas you want to focus on; price, functionality, and style. Computer case manufacturers are constantly trying to find a balance between those three items by giving customers everything they want at a price they can afford and in a style that they'll like. NZXT is a company that tries hard to please gamers and enthusiasts and their products reflect that. At CES 2012, NZXT announced a completely new case design that offers a lot of functionality for its price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is exploring the NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Computer Chassis to help you find out where it fits for you within those three categories.

With their lineup of computer peripherals and cases, NZXT has always focused on computer enthusiasts and gamers. It comes as no surprise, then, that the NZXT Switch 810 is targeted to that very market. The NZXT Switch 810 is big. Very big. It is built to fit not only the big full ATX motherboards, but also the even bigger XL-ATX and EATX motherboards. It really doesn't matter how powerful a machine you are trying to build, the NZXT Switch 810 will fit it.

NZXT is calling the Switch 810 a Hybrid Case because of its adapability to all types of enthusiasts and gamers. NZXT has implemented features and functionality that will cater to extreme airflow, silent operation, or liquid cooling based on the end user's preferences. Hybrid fins on the NZXT Switch 810 allow for a lot of air flow when open and quiet operation when closed. Removable drive bays allow for the installation of a radiator. Add that to the 10 case fans and you have a very solid design.

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Hybrid Full Tower Features

  • Unique hybrid full tower chassis optimized for extreme liquid cooling, airflow, or silence
  • Supports high-end water cooling solutions up to three fans for push and pull configuration: 90mm of internal top space with top 360/420mm and bottom 140/240mm radiator support for unmatched liquid cooling
  • Four watercooling cutouts for easy liquid cooling management on the rear panel
  • Spacious CPU cutout for mounting high-end CPU coolers without removing the motherboard
  • Removable top 5.25" plates to accommodate wide radiators
  • Clever hybrid fin design allows the user to choose between maximum airflow or sound reduction
  • Innovative right-mounted HDDs for easy hard drive replacement
  • Removable HDD pull-out cages and large storage capacity for 7 hard drives
  • Equipped with two 140mm pivot fan slots for directing airflow at 15° to the VGA and CPU
  • Rear white light for visibility in dark environments with a toggle switch
  • Dual high-speed USB 3.0, hard drive dock along with a SD card reader for transfer and quick access to multimedia
  • Nine expansion slots for installing EATX motherboards with Quad SLI or Triple Crossfire
  • Supreme cooling capacity with up to ten 140/120mm fans
  • Stress-free wire management and 23mm clearance in the rear allows for superb wire-tucks
  • Ten large specialized cutout holes for easy cable management
  • Easily removable bottom filters in the front and rear to prevent dust from entering
  • Tool-less 5.25" and 3.5"/2.5" SSD hard drive installation for convenience and ease of accessibility
  • Large acrylic window with a view to show off the interior of your rig

Switch 810 Specifications

MODEL Switch 810
CASE TYPE Hybrid Full Tower
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 235 x 595 X 585 mm
VGA Clearance Maximum
375mm (w/out fan), 350 (installed), 285 (full pivot)
COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 2 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
TOP, 3 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
BOTTOM, 2x 120/140mm
INTERIOR, 2x 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
SIDE, Large acrylic window

DRIVE BAYS 4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel, Plastic
EXPANSION SLOTS 9
WEIGHT 9.1 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX

Features and Specifications provided by NZXT.

Moving along, let's get into a better look at all of the features offered by the NZXT Switch 810 case.



 

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# RE: NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer CaseAnon 2012-02-09 16:41
"Another minor annoyance I had with the NZXT Switch 810 is that it only included four case fans. I was glad to see that the case fans all came hooked up and ready to go with just the connecting of a molex plug, but only four?"

"Four fans isn't bad, I suppose, but one thing abuot the fans that other cases of this size have included is fan speed controllers."

"It's funny, because there are only four fans in the case"

And if you didn't get it already, there's only FOUR fans.

Anyways, screw built in fan controllers, they're 9/10 garbage compared to a cheap 20 dollar controller from any retailer.To conclude, there are only four fans, did you count them? 1, 2, 3, 4 FANS.
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# Agree about fan controllerMergatroid 2012-02-16 18:17
Agreed. I have never seen a stock case fan controller I liked either. I would much prefer to install my own.
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# Fan controllerValisor 2012-02-18 22:23
Its not a fan controller in the back. Its just a hub to have one power source to control 7 fans.

People are just not so bright these days.
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# No kiddingMergatroid 2012-02-20 16:37
We never said there was a built in fan controller. The article mentioned the author was unhappy that the manufacturer didn't install one, and we're saying we don't like them anyway and we're happy they didn't bother.

But you're right, people really aren't very bright these days.
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# RE: NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer CasePaleRider 2012-02-14 03:46
You said, on the ist page, "Add that to the 10 case fans and you have a very solid design." There are only 4 fans.
In several places you mention 480mm radiator compatibility, yet it supports only a 360 radiator up top. You even mention 140mm fans with radiators that can only use 120mm fans.
Do you actually proofread what you write? If I were the editor I'd be redacting this article with a can of red spray paint. And then have someone else write it.
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# Really?Hank 2012-02-14 07:05
Did you even read the article? The case fits up to 10 fans, but I clearly mentioned many times that it only comes with 4. That was Anon's major complaint if didn't read the other comment. And the area where the radiators go can fit 140mm fans, even with radiators depending on how you mount them. I currently have a Corsair H60 mounted there with the 140mm fan. You only have to read the 1st page of the article to get all of that.

-Hank
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# 480mmHank 2012-02-14 07:08
I'm not seeing where I wrote that it fits a 480mm radiator, but if I did, that would have a been a typo. Of course, no one ever has typos in their articles, so how dare I. Either way, it says many other times that it fits radiators up to 360mm. Again, re-read the first page to clear up any of your misconceptions.
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# RE: 480mmPaleRider 2012-02-25 05:39
Here's a little quote from the 1st page: "Supports high-end water cooling solutions up to three fans for push and pull configuration: 90mm of internal top space with top 360/420mm and bottom 140/240mm radiator support for unmatched liquid cooling."
You say 420mm radiators are not mentioned in this article?
Do YOU actually read what YOU publish? By not disagreeing with a statement of the NZXT spec sheet, then you obviously agree with it.
Unless, of course, you never actually read it.
I stand by my OP.
Are you people always so vindictive of a persons opinion that you publish private citizens e-mail addresses?
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# RE: RE: 480mmPaleRider 2012-02-25 05:42
Looks like I did it again. I keep seeing 480 when 420 is listed.
My only excuse this time is being slightly pissed off.
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# RE: RE: NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer CaseOlin Coles 2012-02-14 07:59
Dear

Perhaps you should learn to give constructive feedback, because you neither comprehend the author's details correctly nor have the fortitude to write an article yourself. Now go troll some other website and complain about how you're presented with their hard work for free.
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# RE: RE: RE: NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer CaseOlin Coles 2012-02-14 08:01
PaleRider: I just searched Hank's article, and nowhere in it did I find the term "480" or "480mm". All I can say now is: learn to read and quit being a troll.
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# SSGT RETIREDRafael Rivera 2012-02-14 10:44
I just want more info about this case,I buy a Termaltake Case a week ago and I like to switch to this one fore more space.
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# Looks sweet to meMergatroid 2012-02-16 18:24
This looks like a great case for $170. Hell, I bought a 600T for the same price. If this would fit in my desk it might be my next case....if it was black. Never got into the white cases myself.

I can't really pick out anything I don't like about this (of course I have not tried the top or front panels as you have). I love the bays, the cable management, the looks, space for all the fans and rads. I have been thinking about going from closed loop water cooler to a more traditional loop, and a case like this could convince me to go ahead.

I think, due to its size, they might have considered some casters, and I would still like more than 4 5.25" bays (bay reses and fan controllers) but it still looks pretty sweet to me...
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