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NZXT Phantom Case Review

Removing the side panel exposes the  spacious and well laid out interior of the NZXT Phantom. The PSU bottom mounts in this case and all of the drive bays offer tool  free installation. There is room to mount seven 3.5″ drives in the two lower drive racks and five 5.25″ optical drives which in itself is rather impressive.

The hard drives power connectors will be facing the back as they were in the Vulcan that we recently reviewed. This is another feature that helps us keep a clean looking interior and provide better airflow.  The portion of the motherboard tray behind where is CPU sits has been cut away for easier CPU cooler installations.

There are also 4 cable routing areas cut out that are protected by rubber grommets to prevent any abrasion that will damage the cables. When we look at the opposite side of the Phantom with it’s panel removed we see all the cables for the inputs on the top of the chassis.

The following two images show off parts of the interior. First image show a good view of the massive 200mm top exhaust fan as well as the 120mm rear exhaust fan. The second image looks into the 5.25″ optical drive bays. There is nothing in there to cause any obstructions so installing our optical drives should be a piece of cake.

NZXT has significant improvements to their mounting mechanisms here which we will look at in the build stage.

Next up we have the seven 3.5″ drive bays which will cover the requirements of even the most demanding of enthusiast user.  All of these drive bays are completely tool free for simple installation.

The next 2 images are of the 200mm top exhaust fan and the dust filter covering the area where the optional 2nd 200mm fan would reside. The fan uses a rifle bearing design and is rated at 37dBA, it also has a CFM rating of  166.2 CFM which should be capable of expelling plenty of hot air.

Next we have the area where the PSU mounts.  There are 4 solid rubber supports for the power supply to rest on while providing ample space for air to be drawn in through the bottom of the case.  The second image is taken from the bottom of the case and is the dust filter that prevents our PSU from inhaling too much dust.

The picture below shows what the floor of the Phantom looks like under the drive cages.  The area underneath the drive cages is perforated which should add to the amount of air which will be circulated over our hard drives. We can also see the long rubber pieces that serve as feet to raise the chassis above the ground.

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