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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: NZXT Corporation
Product Name: Phantom 630
Model Number: CA-PH630-G1
UPC: 815671011152 EAN: 5060301690404
Price As Tested: $179.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: NZXT provided the product sample used in this article.

I dug out some of my older computer cases recently, and was reminded and just how much the state of the art has advanced in the past few years. For example, my old Cooler Master Stacker was once one of the most advanced cases you could buy, yet its lack of any drive trays, toolless mounting, or even cable routing features, would make this aluminum monster noncompetitive in today's market.

Today's builder has come to expect more, and vendors who don't deliver it won't do well. NZXT has built their case business on delivering more, but at a lower price than many of the competitors...without sacrificing quality. Their Phantom line combines the latest features with some uniquely NZXT innovations that give the user a great deal of flexibility in their build.


Phantom 630 Features

  • Fully modular drive bays allow multiple configurations for 2.5" and 3,5" devices.
  • Split-level motherboard tray allowing increased rear cable management.
  • Dual SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray.
  • Support for multiple radiatiors of multiple sizes.
  • Integrated 30-watt single channel fan controller with rear-mounted fan hub.
  • All intakes filtered with removable filters.
  • Integrated lighting illuminates the rear of the case at the touch of a switch.
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0 support along with an integrated SD card reader.

CA-PH630-G1 Specifications

Material Steel body with plastic bezel and trim
Dimensions 245mm(W) x 627mm(H) x 600mm(D)
Weight 12.3kg / 27.1lb
MB Type ATX, Micro-ATX, XL-ATX
5.25" Bays 4
3.25" Bays 1x1, 1x2, and 1x3 modular drive cages (6 drives total)
2.5" Bays 2 (behind motherboard tray)
I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, SD card reader x 1
Audio In & Out x 1 (supports HD Audio)
Expansion Slots 9
Cooling System

Front: 1x200 or 2x140 or 2x120mm (1x200mm fan included)
Top: 2x200 or 2x140 or 3x120mm (1x200mm fan included)
Side: 1x200mm fan included
Rear: 1x140 or 1x120mm (1x140mm fan included)
Bottom: 2x140mm or 2x120mm
HDD: 1x140 or 1x120mm

Let's take a closer look at this case in the next section.



# Been looking forward to this one...Tom Jaskulka 2013-02-05 19:48
Great to see this one David! Thanks for the review. I actually had a question that I haven't seen answered anywhere: does this case use custom NZXT 200mm fans? As in, do I need to make sure to purchase the NZXT branded fan if I wanted to add another 200mm to the top?
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# RE: Been looking forward to this one...David Ramsey 2013-02-05 20:46
It uses NZXT fans, but as far as I can tell they're "standard" in that they seem to use the normal set of 200mm mounting points.
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# RE: RE: Been looking forward to this one...Tom Jaskulka 2013-02-06 10:43
My Vulcan (and the original Phantoms from what I've heard) all used the "not quite" 200mm fans, so upgrading would have been a deal-breaker for me if this one was the same way. If you ever get a chance to confirm for sure or measure, I'd say thank you again ;) Certainly not a priority though, I appreciate the response!
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# RE: RE: RE: Been looking forward to this one...David Ramsey 2013-02-06 15:08
There's only one place you can add a 200mm fan (the top of the case), and the fans are $16.99 at Newegg, so it's not a big deal if it's non-standard...unless there are some non-NZXT 200mm fans you really like
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# RE: NZXT Phantom 630 Computer Casekzinti1 2013-03-14 02:16
It's high time these case manufacturers realized how easy it is to make room for all the cables behind the motherboard tray. I'd like to see the companies settle on 1.5 inches from the mobo tray to the inside of the back cover. These mobo power cables aren't going to get any smaller any time soon and a little excess space would be a Godsend.
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