Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Final Thoughts

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After examining the exterior, interior, cooling options, tool-less options, and other intricacies I concluded that I’m very satisfied with how the Phantom was designed. It’s obvious that NZXT gave PC builders every air cooling option they could stuff into this case, but they also went the extra mile and added options for watercooling enthusiasts to install their custom components too. Whether you like using air cooled or water cooled solutions, the Phantom case has got you covered. 

 

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The included fan controller worked very well and added to the classiness of the case itself. The overall design was very futuristic, but not very portable for gamers on-the-go who want to take their high-end hardware to LAN parties or other events. There was no place for a case handle (not that you could carry this case with one hand), but I still wanted to see more gamer-focused elements.

 

Pricing

Right now, NZXT has set the MSRP on the Phantom full tower case at $139.99. This is a good price point and should be very competitive with other full tower cases in its class like the Thermaltake Element V and Coolermaster HAF 932.

 

Conclusion

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We’d like to thank NZXT for providing a pre-release review sample of the Phantom full tower case for our review today. NZXT has focused their entire business strategy on building products specifically geared toward the wants and desires of gamers. I think they made some good strides toward meeting the goals of this strategy with the Phantom case. The air cooling options are stellar, and serious overclockers using water or phase-change cooling for their expensive hardware will enjoy having multiple cooling avenues to choose from. The included water relay line holes on the back panel of the case was also a great addition for external watercooling solutions. 

The overall design and construction of the Phantom is downright gorgeous and included numerous aircooling options that will be more than enough for most enthusiasts and gamers. The tool-less hard drive cages and optical bays made installation quick and painless too. Cable management was also a huge plus with this case as their was ample room to hide data and power cables behind the motherboard. I’m sure NZXT will get a warm reception from enthusiasts on the Phantom and we have high expectations for the company as they become a larger competitor in the PC case industry.


Stengths

  • Lightweight, durable construction
  • Competitive price point
  • Seven cooling options
  • Built-in fan controller
  • Great cable management options
  • Very flexible design for air and watercooling solutions

 

Weaknesses

  • Fan controller didn’t have ability to accurately tell fan speeds
  • More LEDs or other case lighting elements would have been appreciated
  • No removable motherboard tray

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