NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Chassis

Article Index
NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Chassis
Closer Look at the Switch 810
Features and Specs
Installation
Final Thoughts on the Switch 810

Product: NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Chassis
Provided By: NZXT
Price: $169.99 Online (at time of publishing)


Introduction:

Today we have a chassis from NZXT on the bench.  The Switch 810 is the newest addition to NZXT's Crafted Series full tower chassis line.  The Switch 810 has several nice features that include: hidden USB2.0 and 3.0 ports, removable HDD cages, adjustable fans on HDD cages and some LEDs mounted near the I/O panel and Expansion slots.  Tthere are also a lot of places to mount case fans to provide even better cooling.  We will definitely get more into these features in a little bit!

NZXT's motto is simple: Unique. Unprecedented. Inspired.  They definitely don't follow others when designing their products.  NZXT is not afraid to try something new.  This is where the NZXT Switch 810 comes in.  I have seen several new features they incorporated in the Switch that I haven't seen before and I haven't even opened the box yet!  The NZXT Switch 810 is designed with gamers and enthusiasts in mind.  We did look at another of NZXT's products in the Crafted Series not too long ago - the Phantom.  Jason got to check that one out.

 

Taking a Look:

As you can see from the pictures below, the NZXT Switch 810 comes in graphic-laden packaging and is protected by the standard cardboard box and Styrofoam inserts.  After you free it from it box, you still have three more layers to peel off.

Box
Boxed Up
Wrapped
Wrapped
Needs a Peel
Last Layer

 

The Switch 810 comes in two color schemes; White with Black trim or Black with Black trim.  I count myself lucky as I received the first black one I have seen. Sweet!  You can see that NZXT was worried about the Switch getting scratched or damaged during shipping and the excellent packaging ensured that it arrived safe.  After I got it out of the box, I still had to un-bag it, unwrap the layer of foam and the peel off all the protective film.  You can see the left side panel has a window while the right side panel is solid.


Side Profile
Side Profile
Off Side Profile
Off Side Profile

 

The Switch 810 does have a unique top.  It can be opened or closed depending on your preference.  It's also pretty cool that the top of the Switch 810 can be easily removed by pressing the spring loaded latch at rear of case to access the top fans.  On the top, you will also find the Power LED, the HDD LED and the Reset Switch.  The Switch comes with one 140mm exhaust fan installed but has room to mount two more 140mm fans.

Top Vents Closed
Top Vents Closed
Top Vents Open
Top Vents Open
Top Vents Removed
Top Vents Removed

 

The front of the Switch 810 has several nice features.  First, there is a hidden control panel which is very simple to operate - just push on the circle and the door opens.  Next, is the hidden 5.25" drive bay.  This is nice as there is no need to worry about odd color drive messing up your build.  Also, at the bottom of the 5.25 drive bays is a hidden hot swap bay which is easily accessed by squeezing the blank cover from both sides and then simply pulling it out. 

 

Hidden Ports
Hidden Ports

Finally, we have a look at the intake filter area.  It can be accessed by pushing the top section to release it from it latch.  This is where you find one 140mm intake fan.  There is room to mount another 140mm fan.  At the very bottom is the pull out bottom filter - something that is mandatory for my gaming rig.  I love cleanable filters!

Front
Front
Front Open
Front Open
Front Grill Removed
Front Grill Removed

 

The bottom of the Switch 810 has four long rubber feet and two removable filters.  Down here we also find several openings to mount some extra intake fans, depending on your configuration. 

Case Bottom
Case Bottom
Bottom Filters
Bottom Filters

 

We'll keep on checking out this case on the next page.