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NZXT's Phantom Chassis Makes Way For 7 Fans

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

What better way to complete a monster hardware configuration than with an awesome, well-ventilated chassis.

Wednesday NZXT revealed Phantom, a hot new chassis built for high performance cooling and easy installation. Deemed as NZXT's "most elegant and intelligent" chassis to date, the Phantom simply looks awesome, whether it's painted in robotic white, Sith-like black, or demon red.

Outside the obvious aesthetics, the Phantom's biggest selling point is likely in its cooling system. The chassis provides 7 fan cooling options: a slot for a 140-mm fan in the front, an included 120-mm fan mounted in the back, two 120-mm fans (also included) and a slot for an optional 200/230-mm mounted in the side, one LED 200-mm (included) and a slot for another optional 200-mm fan mounted on top.

If that's not enough to keep your hardware chilled, NZXT also inserted dual radiator support, quad water cooling cutouts, and an integrated fan controller with up to five 20W channels.

For the PC gamer looking to pack in loads of hardware, the new Phantom offers a vast amount of space, allowing for 7 HDDs with SSD support and up to five 5.25-inch bays. There's also support for larger heat sinks, graphics cards, and E-ATX motherboards. 5.25-inch "screwless" rails makes it easy to install and swap HDDs.

As for other features, the Phantom has an LED on/off button to control case lighting, rubber PSU and case feet to reduce vibration, easily removable front and top panels, and top mounted USB, Audio/Mic, and E-SATA ports.

Phantom will be available in early September and will retail for $139.99.

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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 30, 2010 11:15 PM
    UmeNNisWow, nice ad Tom's. How much they pay you?

    WOW nice job being rude! This is Tomshardware and that is new hardware :) 
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    maloney , July 30, 2010 11:18 PM
    UmeNNisWow, nice ad Tom's. How much they pay you?


    Welcome to an electronics enthusiast website. Notice all the other vendor 'plugs', like say, reviews on processors, or new SSDs?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 30, 2010 11:15 PM
    UmeNNisWow, nice ad Tom's. How much they pay you?

    WOW nice job being rude! This is Tomshardware and that is new hardware :) 
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    maloney , July 30, 2010 11:18 PM
    UmeNNisWow, nice ad Tom's. How much they pay you?


    Welcome to an electronics enthusiast website. Notice all the other vendor 'plugs', like say, reviews on processors, or new SSDs?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 30, 2010 11:23 PM
    Not a horrible price, although I would like to see this case in action with temps and airflow tested. When was the last Chassis round-up? I believe the last one had three and they were sub $100. I would like to see a large round up with multiple price points. I am looking for a new case to tweak around with and build a new rig for the wife.
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    RazberyBandit , July 30, 2010 11:24 PM
    Meh... My 2-year old CoolerMaster CM-690 also holds 7 fans (120-140mm).

    The recently revised CM-690 II holds 10 fans, accommodates 2 radiators, has removable/washable filters, and more, yet it's still cheaper ($80-$100) than this NZXT case. The $100 model adds even more features, such as an SLI/CrossFire video card support bracket (which can hold two 80mm fans) and an external "drop-in" SATA hard drive slot.

    When did something as simple as the fan count in a PC chassis become, well, newsworthy?
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    drwho1 , July 30, 2010 11:31 PM
    I just don't pay more than 70 dollars for a case, although my most recent I did paid 100 but with a 25 dollar rebate so I really paid 75.

    wait, I also got 40 back from my old case (build a PC for a friend with it) and my real cost went down to 35 dollars ... he he
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    NeeKo , July 31, 2010 12:02 AM
    Looks REALLY nice, and probably really loud with all those fans around.
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    viometrix , July 31, 2010 12:08 AM
    this is a nice case i must say, but i still have not seen a case yet that dollar for dollar out performs the antec nine hundred two. some may offer better cooling, but the price spread with that doesnt make it a good deal against the antec case. but dollars aside i like this case and i may pick one up.
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    someguynamedmatt , July 31, 2010 12:16 AM
    I think I'll stick with Lian-Li Cases. I'm not one for geometric sculptures or cases that look like they could sprout a robotic arm and start poking me. Makes me wonder what happened to good old square computer cases...
    Well, I guess there's a market for everything these days... it's just down to personal preference. If you ask me, though, I prefer my CM 690 II Advanced, with 8 cooling fans and a price tag of $90.
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    Onus , July 31, 2010 1:39 AM
    HardwareSecrets reviewed this case today also: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/NZXT-Phantom-Case-Review/1060. They noted quality / material issues. It's not for me. The next case I buy for myself will probably emphasize quiet. My OCs are mild, so I don't need all those potentially noisy fans.
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    jerreece , July 31, 2010 2:05 AM
    soldier37The white phantom will be my next case when they release, updating my old antec case from 2004 its about damn time too! Nice time to go SSD as well. The white phantom design reminds me also of Stormtroopers from Star Wars episodes 4 thru 6 that is for those of you that remember the 70s.


    You mean the "REAL" Star Wars? :) 
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    steiner666 , July 31, 2010 3:38 AM
    lol the emperor's guards was the first thing that popped into mind when i saw the case in red.
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    pocketdrummer , July 31, 2010 3:44 AM
    It's going to be another fugly plastic box. I'm sorry, but if I'm going to pay $100+ for something, I want it to be made out of quality parts. Hell, I'd pay double that price for a Lian-Li any day.

    I know everyone has their own preference, but cases like these just scream teenager to me.
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    mattmock , July 31, 2010 3:51 AM
    I am thinking about doing a very quiet water cooled setup, and want to get a case that would allow me to mount a 4x140 radiator on the top. That way the fans would cool the radiator and provide exhaust for the case. Does anyone have a case that they would recommend for that.
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    mattmock , July 31, 2010 3:51 AM
    I am thinking about doing a very quiet water cooled setup, and want to get a case that would allow me to mount a 4x140 radiator on the top. That way the fans would cool the radiator and provide exhaust for the case. Does anyone have a case that they would recommend for that.
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    rohitbaran , July 31, 2010 4:54 AM
    Well, CM 690 II has space for 9 fans and costs $79. This cabinet is way too costly. :\
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    Anonymous , July 31, 2010 5:44 AM
    Looks cool, but to late for my next build.
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    bobisgod , July 31, 2010 5:46 AM
    Shouldn't you include something about Craigbru's contribution to this case?
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