Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Externally the Phantom keeps the mostly plastic front and top that has a high ridge down the middle and is rounded to meet each other at the front of the chassis. The front of the chassis offers a large mesh panel at the bottom, while the top offers a magnetically closed door panel with an SD card reader and four 5.25" bay covers behind it. These covers can be removed from the outside of the chassis resulting in the fact that the front bezel then does not need removed. The top of the chassis has a large mesh panel to the rear of the chassis, and near the front on both sides is the front I/O. Here you are given USB 3.0, USB 2.0, a Super Charge port and HD Audio on the left. The right side has the power, reset, fan controller and power LED. The rest of the chassis is made of steel, and this includes the frame and the door panels. The left panel offers a matching mesh panel and a window to peer in at the top half of the motherboard, while the right panel is plain. What I really like about my specific sample is the gunmetal grey paint used on the inside and the outside.
Inside the chassis you will find three hard drive racks that can hold up to six hard drives, and these cages are fully modular. They can go in two slots next to each other on the floor of the chassis, or rearranged and hung in any configuration you need. There are another two trays specifically for 2.5" drives, taking the total capacity to eight storage drives inside of this case. The motherboard tray has a large access hole cut out of it, offers 13 places to tie wiring up, has four large, and many smaller holes to pass wiring through, and can house motherboards from Mini-ITX all the way up to XL-ATX. That leaves us with the back of the chassis and the nine expansion slots offered there.
Cooling in the chassis is very generous. In the front of the chassis NZXT has installed a 200mm fan to inject air into the front of the chassis. The way the chassis is designed, you also have the ability to install a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, and if you remove the drive bays, a radiator. The top of the chassis is very similar. There is one 200mm fan installed there, but there is room for two of them in there. On the optional side of fan mounting, you can also go with a pair of 140mm fans up there, or three 120mm fans, and yes you can fit a radiator here as well. The rear of the chassis has a 140mm fan installed, and you can change it for a 120mm fan if you wish, the floor of the chassis offers the option to place a pair of 140mm or 120mm fans in front of the power supply (with some modifications). The last fan found in this chassis is the 200mm fan attached to the inside of the left door panel. What makes this all nice and tidy, it's that with the fan controller and the eight 3-pin connections on the hub, all of these fans plus some can be controlled with the slider fan control on the top.
As I type this, the NZXT Phantom 630 has yet to fill any shelves, but expect it to very soon. What I am finding is a mix of pricing. It looks like the MSRP has been set to $179 inside of the USA, and I am seeing pricing over the pond at around 190 Euros. I like the sounds of near $180 pricing for what this Full-Tower chassis offers those who decide to by one.
Sorry for those on the other side of the pond having to pay so much more if I were to do a direct conversion, but for those on this side, there is a serious contender from NZXT ready and willing to have you say, "shut up and take my money".
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