NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Chassis

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Product: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower
Provided By: NZXT
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Introduction:

Today we have a mid-tower chassis from NZXT's crafted series.  The Phantom 410 is there newest addition to their crafted series and its comes in black, white and red.  It is basically a smaller version of there full-tower Phantom chassis.  NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA so they know how to make a case.  They manufacture PC components like such as mice, CPU heatsinks, Fan Controllers, PC Cases and more.  If you would like to know more about NZXT, Click here

 

First Impression:

The NZXT Phantom 410 came in the standard cardboard box that was covered in picture quality graphics.  Once I opened it up, I noticed that it was shipped like most cases.  The Phantom 410 was protected by Styrofoam inserts on each end and wrapped in a plastic bag.  They also went one step further by applying a layer of plastic film to the front and top.  All of this protection did a great job and the case arrived without dents or scratches.

Box
Box
In The Box
In The Box
Wrapped
Wrapped

 

After removing all of the packing, I can see that the Phantom 410 looks very similar to the Phantom.  The front of the Phantom 410 has a door covering the optical drive area.  It opens from right to left by pushing the arrow on the right side.  It is unfortunate that it can't be changed to swing opposite way.  Lower on the front we find a steel meshed intake area.  As we move to the top on the left side, we find the Reset button, Power button, HDD activity light and a Power indicator light.  The right side has a built-in Fan Controller, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a microphone port and a headphone port.

Front
Front
Top Profile
Top Profile
   
Top Front
Top Front
Front Door
Front Door

 

As we make our way to the back of check out the Phantom's rear - we find the Motherboard I/O panel opening, seven expansion slots, the PSU opening, two aperture openings and an exhaust fan at the top.  The bottom of the Phantom 410 has some long feet that keep it very stable.  It also has two vented openings - one opening at the power supply that has a removable filter and one opening in the middle for installing an extra case fan.  This second vented opening does not have a filter.

Rear
Rear
Bottom
Bottom

 

The right side panel of the Phantom 410 is solid, but the left side panel has a window at the top for showing off all your hard work and good cable management.  This side also has a vented area that is pre-drilled to mount an extra case fan.

Profile  
Left Side
Right Side
Right Side

 

On the next page we'll take a closer look.


 

A Closer Look:

Once you remove the left side panel you can see that the Phantom 410 has a tool-less mounting system for the 5.25" optical drive bays.  To open them, simply slide the lock forward and press in the center.  Next up we take a look at the Hard Drive cages.  The top one can be removed to make room for that extra-long Graphics card.  These too are a tool-less design.  To mount your 3.5" HDD, simply line up your HDD with the pins and then bend the holder to insert the other side. 

Side Panel Off
Side Panel Off
Side Panel Off
Side Panel Off

 

The Phantom 410 comes with one 140mm intake fan mounted in front of the HDD cages.  There is also an area to install another 140mm intake fan if needed.  To access this area you simply pull forward on the front at the bottom and it will snap off.

Ventilation
Ventilation
Inside Front
Inside Front
Bottom Ventilation
Bottom Ventilation

 

As you take a look at the rear, you'll find the power supply mounting area at the bottom.  It has four rubber pads to rest on that stop any vibrations.  Just above that there are the seven expansion slots that are held in place with a thumbscrew.  I love the thumbscrew idea and even though it requires a bit more effort to use (rather than plastic clip-in ones) thumbscrews hold things in much more securely.  Above this area we find a couple of pre-installed case fans: one 120mm exhaust in the rear and one 140mm exhaust in the top.

    

There is also room to mount a extra 140mm exhaust in the top.  To access the top exhaust fan area (which can hold a 240mm radiator) remove the front first by popping it off - then you can easily remove the top in the same way - pull up on the rear and it snaps off leaving the front control panel that is mounted to the steel chassis.

Front Off

Once you remove the right side panel you can see there is ample room for running all your wiring. This area is also where you find all the built-in fan controller wiring.  The fan controller on the Phantom 410 can run up to seven different 3-pin case fans.  The fan controller is supplied power by a 4-pin Molex connector.

On the next page we'll take a look at features and specifications before we build a rig in this slick case.


 

Features:

The following features and specifications have been pulled from the NZXT product page and posted here for your convenience.  We have only included some of the features so if you want the full run-down, please check in at the NZXT product page for the Phantom 410 here.

 

  • Clearance for top 240mm dual radiator for water cooling solutions
  • Adjustable interior pivot 120mm/140mm fan slot for directional air flow
  • Removable HDD cage to allow more room for extended video cards
  • Innovative right mounted HDD rails for easy hard drive replacement
  • Single 120mm/140mm side fan with acrylic window for interior viewing and cooling
  • Front Internal 2x USB 3.0 headers, 2x USB 2.0, audio and microphone input
  • 30W 3-step fan control for setting up your system for silence or performance
  • Wire management support up to 25mm space for easy cable management
  • Screw-less 5.25” and HDD trays that secures 2.5” SSD
  • Cooling capability of up to eight fans (2x 120mm and 1x 140mm LED fan included)

 

Specifications:

 Specs

On the next page, we'll start testing/building in the Phantom 410.


 

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.

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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.