|NZXT Phantom 820 Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Thursday, 01 November 2012|
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NZXT Phantom 820 Computer Case Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NZXT.
A great case can last an enthusiast many builds. This means that case designers need to create cases that can handle many different configurations, with many different requirements. A multi-GPU system has different requirements than a single GPU system, which in turn has different requirements than professional workstation. While NZXT attempts to cater to all of these parties, designing a case involves making compromises between the three areas of quality, features, and cost. Therefore, the question Benchmark Reviews will attempt to answer is what compromises did NZXT make in the creation of the NZXT Phantom 820.
NZXT is a case manufacturer that has always had some interesting design aspects in its systems that some people liked and others did not, but since they were well priced many things could be forgiven. The Phantom 820 is a completely different beast, set out from the beginning to become NZXT's flagship product and priced as such. It has a $250 price tag, which is $70 greater than any other NZXT case on the market. It is also is their largest case so far measuring in at 9.25" x 25.59" x 24.09" which puts it in the same size and price league as the Corsair 800D, Thermaltake Level 10M, and the SilverStone FT02. The objective of this review will be to examine how the Phantom 820 differentiates itself from each these highly respected competitors.
When reviewing a case you have four major things you need to look at. First, you need to look at build quality because no one wants to spend hours putting hardware in a case only to find defects or to have parts that will fail months later. Secondly, you need to look at cooling because as the heat output of components goes up, so do cooling needs. Third, you need to look at the acoustics of your new case because as anyone who has worked on or near servers knows adequate cooling can come at an acoustic cost unless a company put expenses into preventing this. Lastly, you need to look at the ease of build, which depending on your system may or may not play a big role in your choice of case. If you like, I spend lots of time inside of your case modifying parts then you want a system that you can easily move around in while making modifications. On the other hand if you want to setup your system and leave it then this becomes less of an importance and therefore can be moved lower on the requirements for your case.
NZXT Phantom 820 Features
NZXT Phantom 820 Specifications