NZXT Phantom 630 Review

Up Close: Interior Overview Base, Roof and Rear

NZXT Phantom 630 Review

 

Up Close:  Interior Overview Base, Roof and Rear

The interior of the 630 is pretty cavernous.  able to accept XL ATX boards with room to spare, you get the feeling there's nothing you can't fit in here.  A large angular CPU cut out will make for easy cooler or waterblock mount changing and a good selection of large grommeted cut outs provide the foundation for good cable management.

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The grommets themselves in fact are of such good quality that we feel they're worthy of a few close ups. of course pictures can't hope to convey their suppleness or the strength with which they resist being dislodged by our big hammy hands when feeding cables through. Hats off to the grommets. What does baffle us just a little bit though is why NZXT have chosen not to grommet all the cable management holes. Down at the base of the case, around the PSU area, and indeed up by the 5.25" bays we find quite a few holes "moin le grommet" as it were. ok it's nice to have all these extra holes, but it would be even nicer to have them all tidy.

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Un grommeted holes aside, the base of the case provides a more than sturdy mound for even the longest PSUs on the market, with  a second set of isolation mounts providing dampening for the longer units.  As discussed on the exterior, the intake area for the PSU has a removable mesh filter. 

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The rear of the case is home to a single 140mm fan with mounts available should you wish to downsize.  Up in the roof we find a single 200mm unit, with mounts and filters for a second or should you choose, up to 3x120m or 2x140mm fans.  As detailed in the Technical Specification, there's also room up her for a thick 140.2 or a slimline 120.3 radiator.  We'll look more closely at sizes and tolerances when we come to the build.

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Flipping the 630 round it's time to have a look at the rear. We've seen in the past that NZXT are past masters when it comes to cable management, and the 630 doesn't disappoint. No less than 20 well distributed cable tie points, coupled with a working depth of 35mm in the area immediately behind the PSU, and 25mm for the rest of the rear means even the numptiest noob out there should have no problem achieving a wondrously tidy loom.

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Those of you that followed Staff Project NZXSPC will remember that we modded the rear of the motherboard area to accept a 2.5" SSD.  No such need with the 630 as twin mounts are already provided (we assume our royalty cheque is in the post).  To the left of the SSD mounts we find a fan power distribution hub.  For those of us who find it abhorrent to power our fans from the Motherboard, and who don't want to sully the clean looks of a case with a fan controller the Hub is a godsend.  Linked into the speed controller it's able to supply power for up to 10 fans. 

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Although we're not big fans of side panel ventilation here at OC3D it has to be said that the 630 does at least do the job well. No pointless little mounts for 120mm fans here. Instead we get a fully fledged 200m fan set behind a removable filter panel and snugged up under an hexagonal exterior mesh panel. Can't help thinking though we'd rather have a big window and the fan mounted up in the roof, but each to their own we guess.

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04-02-2013, 05:54:58

tinytomlogan
Can the 630 continue the pround liniage of the NZXT Phantom range?


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04-02-2013, 09:48:36

AverageNinja
Nice review! Still seems a bit too expensive for what you get though.

04-02-2013, 10:04:01

Gamepro105
Theres some nice features included. not a bad case!

05-02-2013, 04:02:41

EPiiKK
This might be EXACTLY what i'm looking for my first wc build in the future.
Just cant find any in my country yet...

06-02-2013, 10:15:36

XNine
Quote:
Originally Posted by EPiiKK View Post
This might be EXACTLY what i'm looking for my first wc build in the future.
Just cant find any in my country yet...
They are starting to make their rounds abroad, so I'd expect to see them in the next 1-2 weeks.

06-02-2013, 12:34:45

jamesriley94
I'd have preferred this to my Switch tbh.

Just wasn't available when I was buying, and the side panel put me off a bit.

NZXT really needs to get a replacement parts store up, so clean side panels, or windowed options can be bought - or at least replacements so if you mess it up, you aren't completely in the dark!

07-02-2013, 00:54:46

andrevautour
I don't like the look of these at all, but it certainly does have a lot of good features. it's nice to see some things that i was complaining about in the 650d like a grommet above the power supply for routing cables, hard drive cages divided up into 3 sections, and the nice LED that lights up the rear I/O. I'd like to see a subtle light for the front I/O on some cases like the 650D in the future.

09-02-2013, 04:02:22

frozenwings
First off, thanks for the measurement between the motherboard and the roof; I've been looking around for it for a few days now. You would be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) to know how often reviewers leave out how thick of a radiator can put in the top. I see the clearance is only 55mm, so I'm going to try and squeeze in a 30mm rad in push/pull since I can't fit in a 60mm rad up top.

I was wondering about how the bottom was looking in terms of radiators, I didn't see any measurements in the review. I will probably keep the 3 hdd bay (I'm a bit of a digital pack rat) hooked in it's default position and get rid of all the rest of the bays and put the thickest 240mm rad in the bottom in push/pull that it will allow. It looks like a ton of space, so I'm guessing I could fit at least a 45mm rad in push/pull.

I'm going to probably end up getting this case, it has pretty much everything I need in terms of looks and watercooling potential. That side fan/mesh area on the side panel has a date with a jigsaw though, only thing I don't like about the case. Thanks again for the review, now I can now start ordering parts.

09-02-2013, 07:45:52

FredEx
I have always wondered about airflow in these cases. I mean taking air from inside and out. Especially if one is going to be water cooling. Anything in the way disrupts flow and not having any mesh panels clear of any obstacles would impede air flow. Even some perforated panels impede air flow and create fan noise.

09-02-2013, 09:21:19

Spiderz
Some of the features on this are great just really do not like the styling of the Phantom range, especially the side panel, the window is tiny.

I'd take the switch over this just because I prefer the cleaner look to it.

09-02-2013, 10:56:59

(SS)Stu
Great review!
Wish it had a full window instead of this window/mesh mix!
Seems to have great features for watercooling but i still too expensive for this size of a case.

04-07-2013, 02:44:37

chiewleong
just want to know whether XSPC AX360 can fit into the top of this case?
I know that if EX360 can fit, and RX240 can fit at bottom.
thanks in advance.
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