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NZXT Phantom 630 Ultra Tower Chassis - Tall, Grey and Handsome
By Wong Chung Wee - 5 Aug 2013
Launch SRP: S$288

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.

The largest of the 3.5-inch drive enclosures fits up to three such drives.

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.

 The other two 3.5-inch drive enclosures; the one on the left only can fit one drive, while the 2-drive enclosure is on the right.

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.

At the bottom of the chassis, there is a raised platform, with its grooves to secure the 3.5-inch drive enclosures in a different configuration.

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).

The 1- and 2-drive 3.5-inch drive enclosures are secured on the raised platform by sliding them into the grooves of the platform.

Looking at the opposite side, you can notice that we secured the drive enclosures with thumbscrews. Notice the cut-out on the right only accommodates the 1-drive 3.5-inch drive enclosure.

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.

The 3.5-inch drive tray that is made from plastic.

 The tray hugged our 3.5-inch HDD tightly, and with the rivets in place, the installed drive felt secure.

The tray can also accommodate 2.5-inch drives.

Our SSD was secured with four mounting screws from the bottom of the tray.

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.

1) This is one of the removable 2.5-inch drive trays, attached to the motherboard tray with a thumbscrew.

2) The 2.5-inch drive tray, after we removed it from the chassis.

3) We slid our SSD onto the tray, following which, we secured the drive from the bottom with four screws.

4) We then secured the 2.5-inch drive tray to the chassis 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.

 The installation was simple and straightforward. The only time we need to bring out our screwdriver was for the removal of the expansion slot covers.

On the other side of the motherboard tray, we can see how the cable and wire management system panned out, to make everything neat and tidy.

  • 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
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