NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case - Final Thoughts
|NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case|
|Inside the Phantom|
NZXT Phantom Final Thoughts:
There are a lot of things to like about the NZXT Phantom case and as I compiled my list of things I liked it became pretty clear to me that this case was a winner. Probably my top 2 things I liked are the unique design and the reasonable price (available online for ~$139.99). There are a ton of "enthusiast" cases in the sub ~$150 dollar range but I think the NZXT Phantom has enough features to help set itself apart from other cases in its price range. While the design might not be for everyone, it definitely has a unique shaping to it and sets itself apart from the other "box-shaped" cases available and shouldn't have any problem catching eyes.
One feature that really adds extra value to this case is the inclusion of a 5-channel fan controller. This fan control is not just a "On and Off" controller but is a slider that allows you to adjust your fans speed. Not only does the fan controller control the 4 fans that come included, it also allows you to add your own fans to the controller. NZXT also gives you 5 of their "Premium" cables that will help you make your system look a bit cleaner inside which is a nice addition as these cables can range anywhere from $3.99 to $8.99 online individually.
The construction of the NZXT Phantom is pretty decent, the main chassis of the case is steel and seems to be extremely sturdy. The front and top panels are all plastic, which is understandable for a case in the sub-$150 dollar range, but at the end of the day its still plastic and some people might be turned off by that fact.
Installation of a system into the NZXT Phantom is pretty simple thanks to all the space inside the case and the inclusion of some great cable management features. There is room for a ton of components in this case (7 Hard drives and 5 5.25" drives) which can make for a ton of cable clutter but with all the cable management slots you should still be able to make things look nice and clear. When we installed our test system into the NZXT Phantom we installed 2 dual-slot video cards and it was still amazing how much space we had (we could have easily installed 4 video cards), for someone looking for lots of room for future upgrades, you'll be very happy with this case.
One of my biggest complaints about the NZXT Phantom is the fact that the plastic front and top are super sensitive to fingerprints, chances are good you'll want to keep a lint-free cloth handy to avoid having greasy fingerprints all over your case. Other than it being a fingerprint magnet I really didn't have any other major complaints about this case (which is a good thing).
At the end of the day we were very happy with the NZXT Phantom and had no problem whatsoever awarding it our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. Thanks to tons of features, multiple color options, and great value, we have deemed this case a winner. If you need a case with a ton of features and tons of room without spending big money then you'll want to give the NZXT Phantom some serious consideration.
- Very Unique Design
- Lots of Room Inside - Easy Installation
- Built-in Fan Controller
- Great Value - Affordable MSRP
- Available in Multiple Colors (Red, White and Black)
- Excellent Airflow
- 6 NZXT Premium Cables Included
- Great Cable Management
- Fingerprint Magnet
- Front and top are plastic
I'd like to thank NZXT for sending us their Phantom Full Tower Case. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.