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NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:26 am

NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

NZXT has been building cases for the past six years, but this summer the company said they would release their most elegant and intelligent chassis design to date with a new full tower called, the Phantom. The Phantom has 7 fan cooling options, 7 storage drives, room larger video card, support for E-ATX motherboards and even has a fan controller for up to five fans! Not a bad feature list for a case that runs around $145 shipped.

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The NZXT Phantom is hands down one of the finest computer cases I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. With its sleek aerodynamic look and slew of features, I have a feeling it will be make people take notice for years to come. With a price tag of $139.99 and a two year warranty, it is clearly priced to compete with and dominate the other full tower cases in its class such as the Corsair Obsidian (shown below) which has all of the same features except for being made of aluminum, but is priced $120 higher.


Article Title: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby Sttm » Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:25 pm

Definitely the next case I buy. Great styling, great features, and it looks so awesome in white. Even the interior!
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby BrianG » Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:29 pm

Sttm wrote:Definitely the next case I buy. Great styling, great features, and it looks so awesome in white. Even the interior!


I so wish I had a white one. With all black cables.
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby INeedAFnSuffix » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:06 pm

If everything inside was white ! :)
Even if it was in black , it already looks like a ... Murcielago ... (I prefer lambo's to 911's :D)
Looking at the white case in front of my laptop makes me suffer from Flash blindness , i think my lights got dimmer + my screen is at max .
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby jebo_4jc » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:38 am

I couldn't disagree more with the conclusion of this article.

Any "enthusiast" case that only has 7 expansion slots is just dumb to me.

You'll never get three GPUs in there. And you can rule out the nicer mobos out there like the Gigabyte UD7 or eVGA 4x SLI or SR2.

I would agree with everything said in the article, except my conclusion would be "except I can't use this case because my three GTX275s won't fit", so for me, it's a loser.
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby InspectahACE » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:46 pm

jebo_4jc wrote:I couldn't disagree more with the conclusion of this article.

Any "enthusiast" case that only has 7 expansion slots is just dumb to me.

You'll never get three GPUs in there. And you can rule out the nicer mobos out there like the Gigabyte UD7 or eVGA 4x SLI or SR2.

I would agree with everything said in the article, except my conclusion would be "except I can't use this case because my three GTX275s won't fit", so for me, it's a loser.


To be honest that depends more on the placement of the PCI-e slots on the motherboard. The Rampage II Extreme would fall into your post yes, but something like the Rampage III Extreme, would be able to fit 3 dual slotted GPU's in a 7 slotted case such as this one. I ran into this issue with my HAF-932 and my RIIE.
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby jebo_4jc » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:52 pm

InspectahACE wrote:
jebo_4jc wrote:I couldn't disagree more with the conclusion of this article.

Any "enthusiast" case that only has 7 expansion slots is just dumb to me.

You'll never get three GPUs in there. And you can rule out the nicer mobos out there like the Gigabyte UD7 or eVGA 4x SLI or SR2.

I would agree with everything said in the article, except my conclusion would be "except I can't use this case because my three GTX275s won't fit", so for me, it's a loser.


To be honest that depends more on the placement of the PCI-e slots on the motherboard. The Rampage II Extreme would fall into your post yes, but something like the Rampage III Extreme, would be able to fit 3 dual slotted GPU's in a 7 slotted case such as this one. I ran into this issue with my HAF-932 and my RIIE.

you're right, it does depend on the pcie spacing on the mobo, but by my not-scientific by any means count, there are more mobos with the last PCIe slot hanging off the mobo (requiring an 8 slot case) than there are mobos that have the correct spacing for a 7 slot case.
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby BrianG » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:11 pm

jebo_4jc wrote:I couldn't disagree more with the conclusion of this article.

Any "enthusiast" case that only has 7 expansion slots is just dumb to me.

You'll never get three GPUs in there. And you can rule out the nicer mobos out there like the Gigabyte UD7 or eVGA 4x SLI or SR2.

I would agree with everything said in the article, except my conclusion would be "except I can't use this case because my three GTX275s won't fit", so for me, it's a loser.


There are many choices when it comes to "Enthusiast" cases, you can get the exact case that fits your needs.

But to tell readers that this case "is a loser" because it doesn't work for you, or that it is "Dumb" because it doesn't work for you, is way too biased. Doing research and planning for any changes to a system should be a no brainer for most "Enthusiasts".
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Re: NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review

Postby skier » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:04 pm

jebo_4jc wrote:
InspectahACE wrote:
jebo_4jc wrote:I couldn't disagree more with the conclusion of this article.

Any "enthusiast" case that only has 7 expansion slots is just dumb to me.

You'll never get three GPUs in there. And you can rule out the nicer mobos out there like the Gigabyte UD7 or eVGA 4x SLI or SR2.

I would agree with everything said in the article, except my conclusion would be "except I can't use this case because my three GTX275s won't fit", so for me, it's a loser.


To be honest that depends more on the placement of the PCI-e slots on the motherboard. The Rampage II Extreme would fall into your post yes, but something like the Rampage III Extreme, would be able to fit 3 dual slotted GPU's in a 7 slotted case such as this one. I ran into this issue with my HAF-932 and my RIIE.

you're right, it does depend on the pcie spacing on the mobo, but by my not-scientific by any means count, there are more mobos with the last PCIe slot hanging off the mobo (requiring an 8 slot case) than there are mobos that have the correct spacing for a 7 slot case.


I just love how you mentioned an SR2 won't fit, as there are no mainstream cases that the board will fit into

and if you need more slots, buy a different case. simple as that. doesn't make this a bad case, even for users with a singleslot physX card under high end crossfire/SLI. and do you actually run triple 275s? why not upgrade to dual or even single fermi? you would get more performance than those old dogs
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