NZXT Phantom 410 "Gun Metal" Edition Review
Up Close: Interior
The interior of the Phantom 410 is laid out in the classic style with the drives stacked vertically at the front of the case with the motherboard area behind. A large CPU cut out makes for easy cooler changes, with 3 good sized grommeted holes providing a mechanism for cable management. The interior of the case is finished in the same Gun Metal colour as the exterior, with small areas such as the grommets, rear expansion port covers and the 5.25" drive bay securing brackets being picked out in black to add a degree of contrast.
The 3x5.25" bays are of the tool-less type, utilising a simple rubber spring type mechanism to secure the devices. knurled thumb screws are also provided should you decide you'd like a firmer mount.
Under the 5.25" bays we find the 3.5" bays. Six in total split between a removable 4 drive section immediately beneath the 5.25" section and a fixed 2 drive section at the base of the case. The removal of the 4 drive section allows and increase in max GPU length from 305mm up to 420mm.
The removable HDD caddy can also be fitted with a 120mm or 140mm fan by means of a retaining bracket towards the top of the caddy. This fan mount can be angle through approx 30 degrees and locked in position by means of a thumb screw. The addition of a fan in this area reduces the GPU length to 280mm or with the fan mount bracket and fan fully extented down to 230mm.
Moving to the floor of the case we can see that that there is a 120mm un filtered fan mount immediately behind the fixed 3.5" drive area. At the very rear of the case there is a large PSU mount area. Sound and vibration dampening is provided by means of 4 rubber pads, with additional support being given to the PSU by extensions of the motherboard plate, forming a sort of sprung clamp.
When we look upwards into the rear and roof section of the case we can see that NZXT have included 2l fans to aid in extraction of the warm air from the case. The first is a 120mm unit and is mounted on the rear of the case above the 7 expansion bay covers, and the second is a 140mmunit and is located in the roof at the rear. anterior to this roof fan is a mounting for a second fan of either 120mm or 140mm, but more of that when we come to look at the stripped down case and the build.
Around the rear of the case there's 25mm worth of cable management space which is plenty enough for a case this size. cable management is also made considerably easier with the inclusion of no less than 27 cable tie mounting points. Yes! 27. I had to count them several times to make sure I got them all (and i'm still not 100% convinced I have).