NZXT Phantom 410 "Gun Metal" Edition Review
Up Close: Exterior
As you might imagine from the name, this special edition Phantom 410 is finished inside and out in a rather nice Gun Metal colour. The large areas of Gun Metal colour are counterpointed by detailed areas such as fan grills and trim being picked out in black.
The left hand side of the case is split into two halves. Uppermost is a clear window area angled slightly upwards towards the front of the case. Beneath this, and following the same lines is a circular holed mesh area able to accept both a 120mm and 140mm fan. This fan mount would typically be used to blow cool air over the GPU area of the case, and although there is a grill, there is no filter on this fan mount. The right hand side of the case is blank with no intakes or windows.
The front of the case is angular with the lower section being dominated by an angular black metal fan grill. This provides protection for the 120mm white bladed fan behind. This intake does have a mesh fan filter however it's not that easy to remove and clean. Above the fan intake is a well concealed door which gives access to the 3x5.25" bays. The bay cover plates are also finished in the same Gun Metal colour as the rest of the case and are very easily removed by means of a small clip towards the right of the plate. I had expected the door to be flimsy, but as it is made out of several moulded sections it actually has quite a degree of structural rigidity. The lower area of the door cover sports a subtle NZXT logo, which is not seen when the door is shut so as not to spoil the smooth lines of the case front.
The roof of the case is also home to a large fan grill. This time housing a 140mm White LED fan set on extract. Anterior to this lies the front I/O area, split into two halves down either side of the cases roof edges.
On the left as we look at the case are located the power and reset buttons, with a large slit white LED illuminating to show power and HDD activity. On the right are located a row of sockets allowing the usual mic and phono connections as well as 2xUSB2 and 2xUSB3 (via mobo header). Posterior to the USB sockets we have a 3 position 30W fan controller which is able by means of supplied internal wiring to control all fitted fans along with 4 additional units.
Round the back of the case we find the upper section has a 120mm fan on extract, to the left of this is the rear I/O area. Lower down the rear we find 7 vented expansion bay covers. finished in black to offsett the Gun Metal, which is a nice bit of attention to detail at the rear of the case it has to be said. To the right of these are a couple of grommeted water cooling tubing holes, with an additional vented section laying underneath. Right at the bottom we find the PSU bay.
The base of the case is supported by 6 slim inline rubber feet mounted on two longitudinal rails. The PSU intake has a large vented area with integral mesh filter. There is an additional mounting point for a 120mm fan anterior to the PSU area although no fan is supplied and no filter is present. to the front of this fan mount lies a blank area which is situated directly under the HDD rack. The additional set of holes in this area are spaced 85mm apart and 25mm from the 120mm fan holes.