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NZXT Phantom 630 Ultra Tower Chassis
The New Phantom Sans Chiseled Look
Just three years ago, in 2010, NZXT launched their Phantom series of PC casings. With its chiseled facade and hefty presence, the casing cut a cool look above the rest of the full tower competitors. It also featured a generous bundle of cooling options. NZXT have gone from strength to strength, by introducing new interpretations of design concept behind the Phantom series. We managed to review the first incarnation of the Phantom and we walked away impressed with its avant-garde appearance and the designer's attention to details.
Fast forward to the present, we are presented with the ultra tower Phantom 630 that measures 630mm in height. It towers over the first Phantom by 87mm! We approached NZXT to ask them about the exact difference, besides the physical dimensions, between a "full" and an "ultra" tower chassis. They replied they were the first to coin the term "ultra casing", to differentiate these larger casings from the standard sized full tower ones. NZXT also pointed out their 600 series casings are marketed as "ultra" casings while the 800 series are termed as "ultra plus" casings. Whether such naming conventions would catch on is anyone's guess, but yes, the casing is a bit larger than a standard full tower chassis.
Regardless of the size, we managed to get our hands on the Gunmetal Phantom 630, and at first glance, the chassis sports a subtle angular look, with a pleasant smooth look. We can also see its bundled white cooling fans clearly through its black metal mesh coverings. Read on as we delve deeper into the Phantom 630.
In terms of its construct, the casing is made up of SECC steel and ABS plastic. SECC steel is galvanized steel that is electroplated with paint for a smooth and even finish. As such, we can see that the casing already boasts of quality composite materials with good finishing. The empty chassis weighs in at 12.3kg and has the following dimensions; 245mm (width) x 627mm (height) x 600mm (depth).
With the casing's large proportions, the cooling capacity built-in to the case is equally impressive - there are no less than three 200mm fans that are strategically placed on the casing's front, top and side panels respectively. The next point of interest is the casing's top control panel with an array of I/O ports:-
A large rubber switch on the control panel toggles the speed of the fans through three settings: low, medium and high. Just next to it is a fan speed display that would indicate the fan speed settings. In terms of front panel I/O connectivity, there are a total of four USB ports (twin USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections respectively, headphone and microphone input ports.
But enough of us parading its top face as the front facade is probably what makes or breaks your casing purchase decision half of the time.With the below photos, you can better notice the subtle, and yet strong lines that define its facade. You can also notice the bundled front 200mm intake fan while its front panel door gives access to four 5.25-inch drive bays and an SD card reader.
Next, we moved to the bottom of the chassis where we removed the two filters for a clearer look at the cooling options.The vents at the rear are for the bottom-mounted power supply unit (PSU). Nearer to the front of the chassis, there are options to mount up to a pair of intake 120- or 140mm fans.
The removable bottom filters feature a fine plastic mesh and it felt firm to the touch. The front bottom fan filter can be easily removed, perhaps a little too easily as we accidentally removed it while shifting the chassis. The rear fan filter prevents dust from being sucked into the casing through the PSU's intake fan since the the PSU is mounted at the bottom of the case.
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