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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 Final Thoughts

The NZXT Switch 810 is a very big case. Not quite as large as the Cosmos II that we took a look at here at Benchmark Reviews not too long ago, but also not quite so expensive. The reality is that the Switch 810 is still large enough for any enthusiast or gamer to fit everything they need and more.

While such a large case offers just about everything in terms of functionality, it really limits mobility. Weighing in at just over 20 lbs before your system is installed, this isn't something you'd want to lug around empty, let alone full. To top it all off, the NZXT Switch 810 doesn't have anything really to grab onto to help you move it. This is a case that is meant to be built in place, stuck on or under your desk, and left there. As gamers and enthusiasts, this might be hard to swallow. Our cases are constantly being tampered with or moved around. That's not going to be fun with the NZXT Switch 810.

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? There is room in the case for another five fans, why not include a few more? Granted, the NZXT Switch 810 is already relatively inexpensive for its size and features, but would it really have added that much to include a few more fans? This is supposed to be a gamer's case after all.

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. Since the NZXT Switch 810 touts the versatility of a case that can be shaped for either extreme cooling or extreme silence, a fan controller might come in handy. In fact, that's probably my biggest complaint about the NZXT Switch 810. It just isn't possible to make this case silent, unless you remove the fans I suppose. Closing the vents didn't really help at all. It's funny, because there are only four fans in the case. My Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is, for all intents and purposes, silent. I measure that by whether or not I can hear the fans. If I could turn the fans to low on the NZXT Switch 810, it might be silent, but I don't know.

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On the thermal side, I didn't notice much of a difference in air cooling between the NZXT Switch 810 and any other case. I ran two GTX 560's and their temperatures never got anywhere scary. Of course, the level of cooling wasn't enough to make we want to write a section about it either. It was just average. Unfortunately, I think I can find average cooling and less than silence on a full tower case for less than $169.

NZXT Switch 810 Conclusion

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Measuring a case in terms of performance generally means how it performs in noise level and cooling ability. As far as ability to cool is concerned, the NZXT Switch 810 was about average where air cooling is concerned. As for water cooling, the NZXT Switch 810 will cater to literally any of your water cooling needs, that includes the use of a 360mm radiator if that's what your heart desires. Water cooling might also be the only way to make the NZXT Switch 810 silent as well. Buying a fan controller might help too, but as is, the Switch 810 isn't very quiet. I guess it boils down to how you cool your components. If you plan on using liquid, the Switch 810 is great for you. If not, you may not be satisfied.

I think I have a thing for white cases. I really like the look of the NZXT Switch 810. The black outlining makes it quite appealing to me. The NZXT Switch 810 looks tall and elegant, wearing a tuxedo and going to a nice cocktail party. One of my favorite points in the appearance of the NZXT Switch 810 is the LED lighting on the back panel. Not only is it functional, but it makes the case glow when it's on. It's complimented by LED lighting on the top of the case as well. In fact, that is where the HDD LED is located. Its a white LED that is long and somewhat muted. It looks very nice.

For the most part, the NZXT Switch 810 is very solidly constructed of steel and plastic. The empty weight alone tells you this case can withstand a beating. The reason I say for the most part is that there are two areas of the Switch 810 that don't seem very sturdy to me. The first is the top vent plate. This plate pushes down to lock into place, then with slight pressure, it pops back out again to be removed. During the building process, I eventually just took the top off so I would stop popping it out. It seems a little flimsy too, I was afraid I might break it.The lower front panel is exactly the same.

Functionally, the NZXT Switch 810 really shines. There is room for nine 3.5" or 2.5" drives and up to four 5.25" drives. It has a hot-swappable drive bay, the HDD cages are removable, it holds tons of fans, it can fit up to a 360mm water cooling radiator, it fits up to XL-ATX motherboards, and it even has LED lights on the back panel so you can see what you are doing. The top vents seem like a waste to me, but they don't negatively affect anything. The cable management is top notch as well. I really like the addition of a card reader as well.

Even for a case that fits XL-ATX motherboards, $169.99 (at Newegg) can be a lot of money. The key to making this case worth every cent is going to come down to how much of it you would use. If you are going to fill every inch of space with three 5.25" and nine hard drives, use three or four video cards and add in another five fans, the NZXT Switch 810 could be a good value. If you are planning on using all that space and water cooling your devices, then Switch 810 is definitely worth it. So to really get your money's worth, you should already be planning on liquid cooling.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Fits all your water cooling needs, radiators up to 360mm
+ Up to XL-ATX Motherboards
+ Great Cable Management
+ A Hot-Swappable Drive Bay
+ Integrated SD Card Reader
+ Good Looks

Cons:

- Heavy, Hard to Move
- Top Vents Don't Really Help Silence when Closed
- No Integrated Fan Controller
- Pretty Noisy Case
- Only Average Air Cooling Ability

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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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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