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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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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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