NZXT Phantom 410 Case

NZXT Phantom 410
Published: January 2, 2012
Author: Ville Ilonen
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: NZXT

NZXT Phantom 410
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The hard disk caddy has a space for a two 120mm fans or for one 140mm fan in it. I’d preferred to see the fans right next to the front panel, but the design of the case prevented it. It’s not uncommon to put front fans in the place where they are in the NZXT case, but the problem is the fresh air. The further away the fans are placed from front panel, the harder it is for them to get fresh air.

Testing:

We used following system with the case:

Motherboard: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 975BE
Memory: 2x4GB Kingston Valueram 1333MHz DDR3
Graphics Card: Gigabyte Geforce 460GTX
ODD: Sony DVD-burner
HDD: 4x500GB Hitachi SATAII HDD
Power Supply: Enermax ENM750AWT

Installation of the system was an easy and smooth process. We began installing the power supply and then the motherboard. There was enough space to install them both and installing the cooler to the motherboard was simple as there is a hole in the motherboard tray specifically made for easy cooler installation. Phantom 410 is a large enough case for normally sized graphics cards to fit in. Also, hard disk installation was easily done without any problem. Cabling is easy because of cable pass-throughs in the case which allows the air to flow freely throughout the case.

We noticed some resonating noises coming from four hard disks installed in our computer. This is typical with many cases and is usually nothing to worry about. Also, the finalisation on the case was done a bit poorly, we noticed a couple sharp edges in the 5.25″ slots while installing our system in to the case. Other than that we noticed no problems what so ever.

Conclusion:

Albeit having tiny problems with resonating sounds and having couple sharp edges the NZXT Phantom 410 performs reasonably well. Of course, as with most cases, the looks of the case may divide opinions. Personally, while not being a huge fan of geeky looking cases, the Phantom 410 might have changed my belief. Phantom 410 has enough hard disk spaces for most of us and integrated fan controller is definitely something power users will appreciate. In short, NZXT Phantom 410 is a good case with couple minor flaws.

Pros:
+ Tool-less HDD/ODD installation
+ Fan controller

Cons:
– Couple sharp edges

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