Okay, I think I will start by covering the "wow factor". In the Phantom 630, there are quite a few things that fit this category. Outside, you have the aesthetics that most people are used to, but with it being ever so slightly refined, and to me, the gunmetal grey paint is a great option to go with. Moving to the inside, well I'm going to try to recall it all. In the front, fan options aside, there are the easy to use, new tool-free mechanisms on the optical bays. There is the three cage HDD rack that will allow these cages to go in any way you can think of. If you do want the use of the angled fan mount on the three bay cage, you will need to figure out where you want that cage and keep it securely mounted with the thumbscrews. The motherboard tray is laid out well and designed just right to hide everything behind it. Cooling options above and below the tray are amazing as well. The modular nature of this chassis really plays well for those who want the bare necessities, but plenty of room for water cooling madness. On the flip side, you could be a huge fan of lots of storage drives, a XL-ATX board, and maybe you like air cooling. Either way you go, the Phantom 630 has your back.
Even the testing went well. From what I gathered, the fan controller in the chassis is only capable of 30W across all channels combined. I loaded all the fans in the chassis on it, including the four Swiftech fans. I had no issues controlling all seven fans with this switch and hub. Of course water cooling will give this chassis lower numbers, but with the shear amount of air flow going through this chassis, there would be great results in here if I were using an air cooler as well.
With all of that goodness, there is a little bit of the bad. Once I started removing the hard drive bays, and the plate on the floor to hold them, the Phantom 630 does get a little "soft" in its construction. What I mean is that once everything was out, the case would twist and warp as I moved it. I have seen other cases with removable drive bays that were still rock solid, so I know it is possible to be done. Most that don't are built with thicker steel out of the gate, which helps this matter, but I will say this chassis is much lighter than the chassis I am thinking of. I just wanted to put that out there before you bought this and wanted to put in another fifty pounds of components and water cooling gear into it and finding this out for yourself.
While I find it hard to justify cases that get close to or exceed the $200 mark, this is an example of one I am going to try to help you understand that the Phantom 630 is one that's worth it. You already know you like the outside, and have since the original Phantom released so no surprises there. Once you get inside of this full featured kit, you start to realize that it is worth it to sacrifice fancy LED fans, a hot swap dock, and ditch the plain black and white offerings out there. This gunmetal grey is stunning, and allows the components inside to "pop" rather than blending in much like white does, but without the cleaning nightmare that white products pose. The fan controller and hub allowed me to have full control from near silent operation, up to 45 dBA on the highest setting. The lights are designed not to blind users, the door swings the correct way, and out of the box, the fans included are some of the best offerings I have seen yet.
The Phantom 630 High Performance Modular chassis was worth it to go to the fourth level of design, and to me is worth every penny. The modularity and offerings in this design are just too good to pass up, especially if you love the Phantom aesthetics.
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