NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Chassis
|NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Chassis|
|Features and Specifications|
|Phantom 820 Installation|
|Testing the Phantom 820|
Today I'll take a close look at a new Phantom case from NZXT. These guys are known for creating some bold, high-quality cases. They also provide a variety of other products that can be found here (insert link to NZXT product page). They've been in business since 2004, so I'm expecting this case to be nothing short of spectacular.
This is my first experience with an NZXT case so I was looking forward un-boxing this and getting started.
The Phantom 820 arrived in a standard cardboard case printed with a photo-realistic profile image of the case, as well as inside looks and more detailed specs. It was packed with a combination of dense Styrofoam, and a layer of softer foam against the more sensitive front. Under that, the Phantom 820 was also completely wrapped in plastic; the window also had an additional film for added protection.
After I removed all the packaging, I was impressed by the bold look. This case has some pretty sleek lines but also seems very practical for whatever needs you have. I notice all sides, save the right, are very well vented to help dissipate excess heat. The Phantom 820 follows in the footsteps of previous Phantom cases with angled venting, a smoothly ridged front and top, as well as, a uniquely shaped window for viewing your components.
The rear has four ports for water cooling lines that are filled with form-fitting grommets. There are also nine expansion slots that are vented when not in use. The bottom sports a distinctive "foot" system that allows plenty of air to flow through the bottom of the case.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the Phantom 820 as we continue this review.