Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
NZXT has been in the chassis game for what feels like forever as far as my career in reviewing is concerned. We have seen just about everything possible in case designs to have come from them in the past, and that history of building better and better designs is something you cannot deny NZXT at this point. NZXT is one of the select few companies that really puts thought and effort into their designs, and their latest submission is no exception.
Out of all of the case series they have come up with over this time, the most popular, and most economically beneficial to NZXT has to be the Phantom Series of cases. One major consistency over all of the Phantom cases we have seen to date, is that they are all mid-tower designs. Over our time here, we have seen them start off with an older interior design that was pretty plain and simplistic, but the Phantom series has always been known for its unusually designed exterior that really lent to losing the basic square chassis design, and gave customers a new idea of what cases could be.
As time has progressed, we have seen improvements in the features sets of these designs with new wire management ideas, new modular bay designs, and progressively offering more and more for your money. We have also seen many changes in the exterior as far as windows, ventilations, and shape of the front door, along with a few other features. This time, the Phantom series gets yet another facelift to stay current, yet it will still be a design that is easily recognized among the many previous Phantom designs.
NZXT has delivered the latest to hit their lineup in the Phantom series with this Phantom 240 mid-tower we are about to see today. While aesthetics and interior design have been improved upon, NZXT has yet to do much about the pricing, offering what has to be one of, if not the best, bang for the buck chassis yet to be offered in this series. So stick with us as we cover all aspects of the design, and discuss the pricing before we get down and dirty with this Phantom 240 mid-tower from NZXT.
As we can see, this Phantom 240 is a mid-tower chassis, and it also goes by the part number of CA-PH240-W1. This breaks down to CA for case, PH240 for Phantom 240, and the W1 stands for its white color, which, as far as we can tell, is the only current color choice for this design. Inside of this chassis there are three 5.25" bays, followed by six drive bays that can house either a 2.5" or 3.5" drive on each tray.
As for the cooling, the front can hold two 120mm fans, but only one is supplied. The top can house a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, but neither are supplied, the rear holds the last included 120mm fan, and there is an option to place yet another 120mm fan in the floor. Just below the cooling section, we do see that there are some limitations to this design where the CPU cooler cannot be taller than 158mm, video cards can only be 290mm in length unless the modular section of HDD rack is removed, and NZXT even offers up spacing of 17mm behind the motherboard tray.
The dimensions of this steel and plastic chassis show that this chassis is only slightly taller than it is deep, with 530mm and 529mm measurements respectively. We can also see the width is 195mm. The motherboard tray is designed to house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, as well as ATX motherboards, to fit most users' needs. At the bottom, we are given the dry weight of the chassis at 8.1Kg, and we also see that this chassis comes with a two-year warranty.
While we are not going to be very descriptive of the design and aesthetics at this point, it is because we feel a picture is worth a thousand words. With just a couple of glances at this design, it is easy to see the changes that have been made from previous Phantom cases we have seen thus far.
However, we will tell you that just about everywhere we usually haunt to shop for gear has this chassis available, and it is even available at some places we have never seen before. What we found is that across many locations, the pricing very near the $69.99 price point that the NZXT shop offers the chassis at. We did mention some newer locations, but in that aspect, we can see the pricing for this Phantom 240 escalating quickly up to, and over $100 in some places, which makes us realize why we stick to Amazon, Newegg, Tiger, and other places that do so much business they don't have to be a wallet killer on each and every product they sell.
Shop around, but you will be very hard pressed to find this chassis for less than $70. But who knows, if you do find a sale, you are getting a seriously good deal, as we are very willing to tell you there is plenty of value in this chassis at its current pricing.
PRICING: You can find the NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $69.99 at Amazon.