NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on January 25, 2013
The Phantom 630 is the latest full-tower case from NZXT, targeted to users who are looking for a huge case with all imaginable features. Let’s see what this monster has to offer.
The Phantom 630 will be offered in three color choices: white, black or gunmetal. We reviewed the gunmetal version.
The left panel of the NZXT Phantom 630 has a small transparent window and a 200 mm fan, which comes with an air filter. This fan uses a standard three-pin fan power connector, but no further technical specifications are provided. This fan can be installed on the single-channel fan controller that comes on the top panel of the case.
The front panel of the NZXT Phantom 630 has a door with a magnetic latch. This door opens from left to right in an unchangeable configuration. One of the main concerns with cases that have a door is regarding the position of its buttons and connectors; some manufacturers place them behind the door, which is a major nuisance. On this case, the buttons and connectors are located on the top panel; however, the case has an SD memory card reader located above the top-most 5.25” bay, and thus behind the front door.
The NZXT Phantom 630 comes with four external 5.25” bays, all using meshed covers with air filters. The air filter for the optional fans of the bottom panel is removable from the front panel. See Figure 5.
The front panel comes with a 200 mm fan installed, which can be replaced by two 120 mm or two 140 mm fans. This fan is connected to the single-channel fan controller available. No further technical specifications for this fan are provided. There is an air filter for this fan.
The top panel of the NZXT Phantom 630 is meshed, coming with another 200 mm fan, which is also connected to the single-channel fan controller available. You can install another 200 mm fan. If you remove the 200 mm fan that comes with the product, you can install two 140 mm fans or three 120 mm fans. The case comes with two 200 mm air filters. If the 200 mm fan is removed, you can install radiators up to 360 mm long.
The case comes with two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and the traditional audio jacks. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector.
The NZXT Phantom 630 comes with a single-channel, three-speed fan controller, which supports up to 10 fans with a total limit of 30 W. Being a single-channel controller, all fans will change their speeds at the same time. There is also a button for turning off the LEDs that exist around the buttons and connectors.
The bottom panel of the NZXT Phantom 630 has two air filters: one for the power supply fan and one for the optional bottom fans.
The rear panel and the interior of the NZXT Phantom 630 are painted with the same color as the exterior (gunmetal, in our sample).
On the NZXT Phantom 630, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.
The product comes with a 140 mm fan installed on its rear panel, also connected to the fan controller. One interesting thing about this fan is that you can move it up or down, in order to better position the fan according to the exact location of the CPU cooler. This fan can be replaced with a 120 mm model, meaning that you can replace it with a 120 mm or a 140 mm radiator.
This case has nine expansion slots with vented slot covers. (Computer cases usually have seven slots.)
Let’s now take a look inside the NZXT Phantom 630.
Both panels are attached to the chassis using black metallic thumbscrews. The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case, several holes with rubber covers for you to route cables behind it, and several clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties. The huge clearance between the motherboard tray and the right-side panel (1.4” or 36.6 mm) is another highlight of the product, as you can easily accommodate thick cables behind the motherboard tray. As expected from a full-tower case, the Phantom 630 supports XL-ATX motherboards.
Behind the motherboard tray you will find the power hub for the fan controller, where all fans must be connected to, if you want them to be managed by the fan controller. See Figure 16.
In Figure 17, we get another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using thumbscrews. As already explained, the top panel supports the installation of radiators up to 360 mm long. The NZXT Phantom 630 supports video cards up to 12.8” (325 mm) long on its default configuration or up to 20” (507 mm) if the top hard drive cage is removed. You can install CPU coolers up to 6.7” (170 mm) tall, but this clearance is increased to 7.9” (200 mm) if you remove the fan from the left panel.
The case supports the installation of one 120 mm or 140 mm fan at the top hard drive cage. This fan can be tilted, so you can direct its airflow to the exact component you want to cool down. See Figure 18.
The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. It can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan. On the case’s default configuration, you can install power supplies up to 9.2” (235 mm) deep.
The Phantom 630 allows the installation of a 240 mm radiator between the hard drive cages and the front panel. See Figure 20.
The reviewed case has a very flexible configuration for its disk drive bays, which gives you two options for the bottom panel. On the case’s default configuration, the bottom panel has a tray for holding the hard drive cages. If this tray is removed, however, you are able to install two 120 mm fans, two 140 mm fans or a radiator up to 280 mm long on the bottom panel. As previously discussed, there is an air filter for these optional cooling solutions.
The NZXT Phantom 630 has four external 5.25” bays, six internal 3.5”/2.5” bays in three cages, and two internal 2.5” bays located behind the motherboard tray. Installation of 5.25” and 3.5” devices can be done without the use of tools or screws, but installation of 2.5” devices require the use of regular screws. The 2.5” bays behind the motherboard tray are comprised of two small trays. You install storage devices to the tray using regular screws, but the installation of these trays behind the motherboard tray is done without the use of screws.
Since there are three independent hard drive cages, the Phantom 630 provides a very flexible configuration for its hard drive cages. In Figures 24 and 25 we show two possible configurations.
The main specifications for the NZXT Phantom 630 include:
The NZXT Phantom 630 is the most complete full-tower case we’ve seen recently, allowing a very flexible configuration that should please most enthusiasts. It is not cheap, but we think its price is right for all the features it brings.