|NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 07 February 2012|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The NZXT Switch 810 is a very large case, although not quite as large as some other cases we have seen recently. The chassis is made of steel and plastic and the Switch 810 that we received was painted white inside and out. I am a big fan of the way these huge white cases look, especially contrasted by the black outlining around the edges. As a large case, it is somewhat difficult to move around, especially since there are no handholds or handles anywhere on the case. This isn't something I'd like to lug around to LAN parties.
Starting in on the exterior of the case, let's look at the front. The front panel is split into two parts. The top has four external 5.25" drive bays and a flip up I/O panel. We'll look at the I/O panel in the next section. The topmost of the four 5.25" drive bays has a cover that doubles as a front bezel for your optical drive. Since many optical drives are black, this allows you to keep the color scheme uninterrupted. You mount your optical drive like normal and it will sit depressed into the front of the case. Then you can replace the front panel on the case and the button will lineup with the eject button on your optical drive. The front section opens up with your drive tray and it's like you had a white optical drive.
The bottom-most 5.25" external drive bay is fitted with a hot-swappable drive tray that fits a 3.5" or 2.5" drive. We'll take a longer look at this feature later in the article, but it's nice to already see 2.5" drive capability in the case. With SSD prices dropping rapidly, it won't be long before these drives become standard in most gamer's and enthusiast's systems. Since NZXT made the Switch 810 for gamers and enthusiasts, it makes sense to support the smaller drives.
Under the external drive bays on the front panel of the case is a removable panel that gives access to the front fan slots. One of the front fans, a 140mm, is included with the case. Another fan can be added here, as there is a space provided for it. These fans blow air onto the internal harddrive bays. The only issue that I can see is that there isn't a whole lot of space for intake, since the front panel in front of the fans isn't perforated except at the very bottom. There is some room between the fans and front panel, so they could pull air from the bottom corner of the front panel or the front of the case, but that air might not be as cool as if it came from outside of the case.
Moving on, the main side panel of the case has a very large window. The window is big enough that it allows almost a complete view of the internal workings of the case. Since a lot of motherboards use LED lighting schemes (especially enthusiast and gaming grade motherboards), this window helps show off your hardware. While there is plenty of cooling options throughout this case, there isn't any ventilation or fan on the side to bring air in and blow directly on to the motherboard. Down near the bottom of the case, however, there are some vents that should allow air to get in.
The back side panel of the case is completely unadorned, which is pretty standard. This panel fits behind the motherboard tray and will likely end up against a wall or out of sight because it's the window that you want to look through to see all of the components. Since it may end up against a wall and closes behind the motherboard tray, fans or ventilation would be wasted here anyway. This side of the case has the same line of vents on the bottom as the other side.
The rear of the NZXT Switch 810 comes fitted with another 140mm fan installed. It sits just behind where you would place your CPU and acts as an exhaust for the hot air within the case. The rear of the Switch 810 also has a whopping 9 expansion slots. This allows you to use the PCI slots from those XL and EATX motherboards and also provides enough room for a 4-way GPU setup. Each of the expansion slot covers are perforated to allow air to escape. The rear of the Switch 810 also provides four grommeted holes to meet any of your water cooling needs. In reality, however, you may not have to use these even if you are water cooling. The Switch 810 provides plenty of space for many different sized radiators inside the case itself.