NZXT Phantom - Cool Angles


Introduction

A Different Shade of Black

Tall, black and asymmetrical. Those are our first impressions of NZXT's latest full tower casing, the NZXT Phantom. Part of the brand's Crafted series of enthusiast-class casings, the Phantom first made its mark at this year's Computex and according to NZXT co-founder, Johnny Hou, this new casing is heavily focused on cooling.

As you may tell from the number of ventilation meshes, the Phantom takes cooling very seriously, with four fans installed by default, including a huge 200mm fan at the top. Enthusiasts can add three more themselves for a total of seven. A central fan controller at the top of the casing allows users to adjust the speed of up to five fans, with blue LED indicators that light up to show the section (e.g. rear, side, front) which have fans connected.

 

So how does this angular-looking, glossy casing fare in a market where the likes of Cooler Master's High Air Flow (HAF) series provide plenty of cooling competition? Before we find out, here are the specifications:

NZXT Phantom Specifications
Casing Dimensions & Specifications
  • Height: 540mm
  • Width: 220mm
  • Depth: 623mm
  • Weight: 11kg (w/o PSU)
  • Material: SECC steel / Plastic
  • Case color: Black
  • Motherboard support: M-ATX / ATX / E-ATX
Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 5 x 5.25-inch external drive bays
  • 7 x 3.5/2.5-inch internal drive bays
  • 7 expansion slots
Case Cooling
  • 1 x front 140mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x rear 120mm fan (included)
  • 2 x top 200mm fans (1 x LED 200mm included)
  • 2 x side 120mm fans (included)
  • 1 x side 200/230mm fan (optional)
Power Supply
  •  Standard ATX PS2 (Optional)

 

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Aesthetics
8.5
Functionality
9
Usability
9
Value
9
The Good
Excellent cooling potential
Spacious interior
The Bad
Plastic, glossy exterior can be a fingerprint magnet