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NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the Phantom 240

 

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The first look inside the chassis shows us that the HDD trays must be a tad loose in their fit, as they are almost all out of whack. We also see the hardware box there, and just to the left we see the wiring is tied up well so that nothing will float free around the main section of the chassis.

 

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At the top, we find three 5.25" bays with some beefy tool-free mechanisms to lock the drives into place. There are also holes to allow screws from both sides, to make sure the drives can never slip past these clips.

 

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Moving down in the front of the Phantom, we find two HDD racks that can each house three drives in the black trays that slide out of the right side. These trays will of course house a 3.5" drive, but they are also designed to house a 2.5" drive in the middle of each tray.

 

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Removing a couple of screws from the right side of the chassis allows the top section of the racks to be removed to extend GPU length to 400mm, and also allow the optional fan location to push air right into the main section.

 

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The top simply holds to the chassis with clips that allow it to be removed for access to the top panel. There are no fans supplied, but there is room for a pair of 120mm fans, or a pair of 140mm fans. We can also see the I/O panel that stays on the chassis, and allows the panel to be set aside without getting damaged.

 

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The motherboard tray is marked for the standoff installation, offers a large access hole, has seven wire management holes visible, and has nineteen tie points punched into logical locations.

 

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The floor of the chassis offers areas for the PSU, with little foam pads to isolate it. In front of the PSU, there is an optional 120mm fan location, and we can see the much larger wire management hole at the bottom of the tray that was not visible in the other image.

 

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Inside of the rear of the chassis, we see the white and black 120mm fan that NZXT has placed in this chassis. We also see thumbscrews holding in the ventilated expansion slot covers on the inside of this design, which provides a change of pace from the last few we have seen.

 

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NZXT does a bit of the pre-wiring for you as they run the I/O wiring, and fan power leads. The minimum of space here is 17mm, but as you will soon see, there is plenty of room to get the job done cleanly.

 

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There is a Molex fan splitter cable that is installed to power the pair of fans that are not in this image, but we do see the black cables to connect the HD, Audio, front panel switches, and LEDS. We also have the native USB 3.0 connection, but no adapter for older motherboards.

 

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Removing the front bezel shows that the mesh in the front is the dust filter for the 120mm fan they have placed in the front. We can also see that the LEDs are connected to the chassis here, allowing the bezel and the top to be set aside until they need to be placed back on the chassis.

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