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NZXT Phantom 630 review

NZXT Phantom 630 Ultra Tower Chassis - Tall, Grey and Handsome

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Aesthetics:
8.5
Functionality:
8.5
Usability:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Flexible cooling and installation options
Generous bundle of cooling fans
Central control for fan speeds
THE BAD
Side metal panels attracted fingerprints
Heavy and difficult to move


Interior Design (Part II)

Interior Design (Part II)

After examining the interior of the chassis and its cooling options, we proceeded to install our test components. We started with the 3.5-inch HDD as we wanted to examine the three removable 3.5-inch drive enclosures. We removed all of them from the chassis; the largest one is able to fit up to three drives, and it comes with the option to install a 140mm cooling fan, pivoted to the enclosure. As expected, this enclosure comes with three drive trays slotted inside for your usage.

Next, we examined the other two smaller drive enclosures; there is one that fits two drives, and the smallest, only one. After that, we configured them in a way such that the Phantom 630 could accommodate a graphics card that is longer than what's allowed in its default configuration (12.7 inches long). For this, we had to dislodge one of the drive enclosures from the neat single vertical stack seen on the previous page. Thankfully unlike cheaper casings that might require you to forgo some of the drive expansion options, the Phantom 630 has made provisions to house the extracted drive enclosure and still use it effectively.

 

There is a raised platform at the bottom of the casing which can be removed to fit a pair of optional 120mm intake fans, or to hold the drive bays securely. If you notice in the photo below, there are grooves that will allow the enclosures to slide into place. Clearly, everything has been rather well thought in this spacious casing.

To test out the alternate configuration, we installed the two smaller 3.5-inch drive enclosures onto the raised platform. After that, we secured them with the thumbscrews on the other side of the chassis. It appears that only the 1-drive 3.5-inch drive enclosure can be placed on the left of the raised platform due to the cut-out that can accommodate such (view photos below).

We took out one of the trays to install our 3.5-inch HDD. It was a straightforward task as we just need to pry the tray slightly, before fitting the drive. The tray gripped the drive tightly, with its aluminum rivets slipping into the drive's screw holes. The tray is also able to fit a 2.5-inch drive and we installed our SSD, after fastening the drive to the tray to it with four screws.

 

There is another way to install 2.5-inch drives. As shown on the previous page, there are two removable 2.5-inch drive trays located near the cut-out of the motherboard tray. They are secured with a thumbscrew. The tray is easily removed, and we installed our SSD by sliding it into place, and secured it to the tray with four bottom-mounted screws. After that, we put the tray back in its place and secured it with the thumb screw.

We then proceeded with the installation of our 3.5-inch HDD, followed by our motherboard, PSU and graphics card. It was an almost tool-free affair, except when we had to remove two of the expansion slot covers, where we needed our screwdriver to remove their retaining screws.