NZXT has something quite unique on their hands with the Phantom. This is a very well thought through chassis with all the features and space you'll need for a long time. Commendable is the work space, I mean even E-ATX fill fit spaciously. Then there's the dark looks inside and out, the overall style, grommet holes, cable management options, fan controllers with preinstalled fans... well, the entire enchilada really.
Perhaps a few more HDD bays could have been created though, and some sort of USB 3.0 implementation would have been nice as well. That really is all that I can think of that is negative. Well, negative is not the right word there, 'room for improvement' should be it.
Also we would have liked to have seen at least one 3.5" drive bay pointed to the front, see, lots of PCs have memory card readers installed, fitting that form factor.
Other than that, it's all good. I enjoy the sheer looks, and enjoy how stunning the chassis can really be. By the way, make no mistake... the chassis does make noise, but at very normal levels. You have five fans in there, that's always producing some noise, set the fan RPM to low we recommend.
So next to aesthetics, functionality and space to work with, a key feature here is of course the fan controller. I've been asking chassis designers for years now to implement this feature. And finally somebody did it right, not a measly single fan controller, nope... five headers all controlled independently.
We can go on and on in this conclusion, but when a product is good... it's just simply that and that's all there is and needed to be said.. The NZXT Phantom chassis comes very much recommended, if it's to your liking of course. Style is very personal and will always be the decisive factor in purchasing a chassis; as such, the job of a chassis designer is one tricky and difficult thing alright. The NZXT Phantom definitely is one of the best PC cases we have tested this year and ranks up there with the stature of say, a Cooler Master HAF-X, yet better looking. Well done and very much recommended.
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