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NZXT Phantom 820

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NZXT Phantom 820 Review

Cases these days are a dime a dozen. Everyone's got super duper this or special that but for the most part they're all pretty similar. Once in a while though you get something truly new and unique, something that breaks the mold and offers new, exciting features. Enter NZXT and the new Phantom 820 full-tower case. It's big, it's stylish, it's packed with awesome features like a built-in fan four-channel controller and built-in HUE lighting system. It also comes from a long line of award-winning Crafted Series cases from NZXT, so you know it's going to be a quality case. Let's get right into this beast and see what it's got to offer...

NZXT Phantom 820 Introduction

"The Phantom 820 is engineered to chill even the most demanding systems, equipped with triple 200mm and a 140mm fans. Maximize the potential by mounting up to nine fans to achieve unrivalled airflow in your chassis. Push the envelope and utilize liquid cooling systems that feature a push-pull configuration with top 280/360mm and bottom 240/280mm radiators up to 60mm thickness for unmatched performance. In addition, a rugged base design lifts the enclosure above the ground for display and increased airflow. The Phantom is reinvented again by following it's legacy of remarkable asymmetrical and award winning design."

Phantom 820 Review

The Phantom 820 is the latest in the Phantom lineup from NZXT. The original Phantom debuted at the end of 2010 and was VERY highly acclaimed. It was a stylish yet functional full-tower case with cooling options galore. Next came the Phantom 410 around mid-2012. The Phantom 410 was a mid-tower version of the popular Phantom but still sported some impressive features for a mid-tower case. The end of 2012 saw a turn for the opposite direction with the Phantom lineup, the Phantom 820. The Phantom 820 is similar in size to the Switch 810  and in fact shared a lot of the Switch's features as well as boasts some new ones. It's available in matte black, white or gunmetal, unlike the priginal Phantom and Phantom 410's unique color options. Lets take a look at the Phantom 820's specs and details now.

 

NZXT Phantom 820 Features

  • Fully equipped with one 140mm and three 200mm fans for the high airflow and low noise
  • Integrated HUE lighting for illuminating the exterior/interior of your enclosure with option to turn on/off and allow you to customize the colors at your heart’s content
  • High-end water cooling solutions up to three fans for a push-pull configuration: 90mm of internal top space with top 280/360mm and bottom 240/280mm radiator support for unmatched liquid cooling
  • State-of-the-art integrated 4 channel digital fan controller with 15 watts per channel and LED indicators that progressively gets brighter on high speeds and dimmer for low settings
  • Easily removable filters located in the top, front, side, and bottom to prevent dust from entering your rig and simple maintenance
  • Adjustable interior pivot 120/140mm fan slot for directional airflow
  • Removable HDD cage and large storage capacity for 6 hard drives
  • Dual USB 3.0, quad USB 2.0, microphone, and audio jack along with a SD media card reader for high-speed data transfer and quick access to multimedia
  • Stylish acrylic window with a view to show off the interior of your rig
  • Unrivalled Cooling Capacity to mount up to nine fans for a maximum airflow
  • Rear I/O white light for visibility in dark environments with a toggle switch
  • Extruded right side panel for an elegant look and achieves 36mm clearance for cable wire management
  • Equipped with a stylish pedestal that lifts your enclosure off the ground for increased airflow.

 

NZXT Phantom 820 Specifications

 

MODEL Phantom 820
CASE TYPE Full Tower
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 235mm (W) x 650mm (H) x 612mm (D)
Special Features Integrated HUE LED lighting system, SD Card Reader, 4-channel 15-watt Fan Digital Controller
COOLING SYSTEM

1x200mm@800rpm Front, 1x200mm@800rpm Top, 1x200mm@800rpm Side, 1x140mm@1100rpm Rear
Fan Blades: white fin/black frame
Fan Capacity Top: 2x 200mm/2x 140mm/3x 120mm, Front: 1x 200mm, Bottom: 2x 140mm/2x 120mm, Rear: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm, Side: 1x 200mm, Pivot: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm
Radiator Capacity Top: 2x 140mm/3x 120mm, Rear: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm, Bottom: 2x 140mm/2x 120mm, Pivot: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm

 

DRIVE BAYS 4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel, Plastic
EXPANSION SLOTS 9
WEIGHT 15kg, 32lbs
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX

 

Now that the details are taken care of let's unbox this beast!

 

Unboxing

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