NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Chassis - Testing and Final Thoughts

Article Index
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Chassis
Closer Look at the Phantom 410
Features and Specifications
Testing and Final Thoughts
 

Testing:

I began my build by installing my CPU and heatsink before I installed the motherboard.  Even though the NZXT Phantom 410 has a large hole in the motherboard tray to facilitate installation of after-market heat sinks, I still find it much easier to install these before dropping the board in the case.   Next, I located the motherboard stand-offs and installed them with the thumbscrew adapter.   After that I installed the motherboard I/O plate and the motherboard.

The right screws were easy to find as they came in there own marked little bags.  I did have to uninstall the top case fan to get one screw in.  Even though this was a bit of a pain, I don't think was as bad as trying to install the heatsink in the case.  After re-installing the case fans at the top and the front, I moved on to installing the optical drive.  This was simple.  First, I remove the blank in the front cover by sliding a tap to the center then pulling out.  Then I opened the tool-less locking system and slide the drive in place.   I locked it in place by pressing down on the end and sliding the lock forward.  The tool-less locking system was very secure - I didn't even put my usual screw in the other side.

Board Installed
Board Installed
Building
Building

 

After I go the motherboard installed and some cables routed, it was time to install the hard drive.  The Phantom 410 hard drive cage is accessed from the right side panel - not the left like most PC cases I have seen.  Once I had decided where I wanted to put my hard drive, installing it is simple. 

Drive Rails

Squeeze two tabs and pull to drop it in the desired hard drive holder.  To install the 3.5" hard drive you simply align one side with the studs and then you bend the carriers slightly to get the other side in.  If you are using an SSD or a 2.5" hard drive you have to mount it with the supplied screws.

 Messy Wire Side
Messy Wire Side
Clean Build
Clean Build

 

After I got most of the insides put in place I connected the front panel wiring.  The front panel wires were labeled very clearly and this made connecting them very easy.  I installed the power supply and connected it to everything I had already installed.  Last but not least, was my GPU.  I located the PCIe slots to be used and removed the thumbscrews that held the slot-covers in place.   The last thing to do is connect the video card power wires and we are ready to fire up my rig!

Front Running
Front Running
Finished Profile
Finished Profile

 

Conclusion:

I found the build quality of the Phantom 410 to be great. It is constructed of high quality materials - even the plastic parts don't feel cheap.  The flawless finish inside and out is great, but is somewhat of a dust and fingerprint magnet.  My advice?  Keep a good dust rag around.

The NZXT Phantom 410 performed as expected.  It had good air-flow considering the number of fans that it came with. The built-in fan controller was nice as it has 3 positions: low, medium and high.  Even on high the case fans aren't loud.  All that being said, the Phantom 410 would definitely benefit from some intake filters.

The NZXT Phantom 410 comes with everything you may need to build you rig. The addition of the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports are nice.  Needless to say the built-in fan controller was sweet and there is no need for spending more money on a separate fan controller.

Installing all of my components in the Phantom 410 was a breeze.  The hardest part was installing the top left corner screw in the motherboard.  The supplied screws made finding the right fastener was not a problem as all the fasteners were labeled.

 

   

The NZXT Phantom 410 can be found on several websites in the USA for about $100.  This puts it right in line with other mid-tower cases with similar features.  The CM Storm Enforcer that I looked at was very similar.

Overall, the NZXT Phantom 410 was a pleasure to work with.  I found the build quality to be very good.  It comes with a flawless finish that everyone will appreciate and is a great choice for anyone who wants to show off their rigs inside.  The side panel window is great for that.  My only complaint is it should have dust filters on all intake points.

The NZXT Phantom 410 isn't perfect but its flaws are not that significant either.  With all that in mind, it is still getting "the Gold Wrench".  I can easily say, if you are looking for a great mid-tower case, the NZXT Phantom 410 would make a great choice.

BCCRating

Gold

 

I would like to thank the people at NZXT for sending BCCHardware the Phantom 410 for review.  If you have any questions, comments or just general feedback, please feel free to leave them at the "Comment" link below.