NZXT Phantom 410 "Gun Metal" Edition Review
Some people always put the motherboard in first, me, I tend to put the PSU in first. For this build I'm using the new NZXT Hale82 series 850W PSU. The Hale has a semi modular design with all the major cables being hard wired in and a veritable selection of additional cables to choose from.
Unlike it's big Brother, the Phantom 410 isn't a huge case by any means. With the cables coming from the PSU and the vipers nest of front I/O and fan cables arising from the top of the case I was initially quite fearful that a neat cable management job was going to be a bit of a non starter.
So with the PSU in and the cables fed through to the rear lets take a look at how things are round the back.
Mmm not quite so neat and tidy yet is it. Still, lots of work to do before we're done so on with the installation of the motherboard, GPU, HDDs etc. It's worth mentioning that the Grommets used do come away from the sides of the holes quite easily when larger cables are pushed through. Thery're easy enough to re attach, but it is a bit of a pain to have to keep doing it throughout the build.
There's not a lot of room at the bottom of the case for cable management, and with no grommeted holes near the Motherboard power and reset headers i'm going to have to use one of the un gormmeted holes. I also plan to bring the USB header cable through here along with the audio connection, which will then have to run along the top of the PSU as there's no where else further along to bring it out.
Things are also pretty snug at the top of the case, but this is par for the course with cases this size. Although there's no specific hole for the CPU power cable there is a small gap along side the Motherboard tray that it can be fed through. Getting it plugged in with a cooler in situ is another matter, but as I found out, it can be done. There's about 32mm clearance between the roof of the case and the edge of the Motherboard, which is fine for a 25mm thick fan, but tight if you're wanting to put a Radiator on the inside of the case. That said, at exactly 32mm thick, the XSPC RS240 just might fit. No worries if it doesn't though as the case is actually designed to have space for a radiator on the other side of the roof plate, under the top plastic cowling.
Mounting the HDDs is a simple enough affair, just prize open the try, drop it in, line up the holes and away you go, secure in a drawer of your choice.
With all the hardware in lets have a look at how things are shaping up. Firstly shown below with the NZXT Havik 120 CPU cooler in situ.
With the Havik removed we can see how tight things are up in the roof. Not a lot of room, but actually just enough, which after all is all that's needed. Likewise, at the bottom of the case as I suspected, I had to bring the power and reset cables through the non grommeted holes and route the other cables along from there also. To be honest i don't think it looks too bad, especially as this area falls below the level of the case window it won't be seen anyway.
A few last shots of the case before we have that final look around the back, this time with the monster triple fan Zero Infinity Free Flow+ CPU cooler in place. I've put this cooler in just to show that there is room inside the 410 to accommodate even some of the very largest coolers on the market.
What's that you say? I haven't showed you what it looks like round the back? Really? Well best I did then. I have to say that this was one of the most rewarding and satisfying cable management jobs i've done. Not perfect by any means, but then the build will be taken apart immediately after it is finished. That said, my aim was to show what can be done with the aid of some patience and of course, in no small part the space provided and the absolute abundance of cable tie mounts that are featured on this case. I've built into super tower cases that don't even have half of the mounts that this case has. Big Big Brownie points to NZXT for this feature.