|NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 08 February 2012|
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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.
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.
+ 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
- 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
Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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