NZXT Phantom 630 Review
With its cavernous interior it's hard to fight the urge to flip the case on its side, grab the motherboard and climb on in. But as this is a slight exaggeration of the internal dimensions we shall continue the build in the undertake the build in the conventional manner. First up then is the PSU. Here we're using a 160mm unit, but as you can see the case is able to accept even the very longest PSUs, and with a total of 6 rubber tipped isolation mounts the PSU in question isn't going to be left flapping around. passing the cables through to the rear is made easy by the large holes adjacent to the PSU area, although we can't help wondering why NZXT chose not to grace them with their wonderful rubber grommets.
With the motherboard in let's have a look at the clearance at the top of the case for roof mounted Radiators. A good 55mm of space here, so no problem with a slim radiator, and if it's under 30mm thick it's entirely possible to set up a 120.3 with your fans in a push pull configuration, but you will lose the top 5.25" bay. If you prefer a thicker single radiator then anything under 55mm should be fine as a 140.2 or 120.2. This does include AIO coolers like the Kraken series and the Corsair H100i.
When we looked at the front I/o you'll remember we mentioned a switch that controlled an LED above the rear I/O area. Well here it is. Look carefully at the centre of the image below right and you can just see it. Far from a gimmick, how wonderfully handy it is to have the luxury of being able to illuminate this area when you're trying to insert a fresh connection. Kudos to NZXT, take note everyone else. Below right we can see how the lowermost of the grommeted management holes is utilised to feed USB and Audio connections through from the back. Although this hole will be covered if you opt for an XL ATX motherboard there is another un-grommeted hole beneath it.
Those of you who read our reviews regularly will know we have something of a fetish for cable management. To us the look at the rear is nearly as important as the look round the front. With between 25mm and 35mm of space back there and 20 good sized cable tie points we're confident that a decent job can be easily achieved. In fact, if you chose to, there's easy enough room back here to route watercooling tubing, and more than enough holes to bring it from front to back and vice versa.
So good are the cable management options that it's pretty hard to see the cables at all in the finished build. this is of course made easier by NZXT having all their own cables coloured black, the same as the interior of the case. Although we've only used a modest GPU for the test build (our now ancient EN 8800 GT) it's easy enough to see that the 630 is more than capable of accepting truly monstrous GPUs, either with or without the removal of the HDD bays.
With regards to CPU coolers the 630 is able to provide a home for anything up to 170mm in height with the door fan in place, or 200mm in height with the door fan removed, which basically means you'll be hard pushed to find a cooler that won't fit inside. Here we've used the NZXT Havik 120, which although a good sized cooler at 160mm in height, as you can see it looks a little lost in there.