You know, when NZXT released the original Phantom chassis from their 'crafted' series of PC cases we where impressed. And really, it's hard to not be impressed by any of NZXT's chassis but that one was something totally new and refreshing. As such I was excited to hear about the new Phantom 820 release. Unfortunately shipping and sample allocation went horribly wrong delaying this review way too much. But we finally have the NZXT Phantom 820 unit here in the test lab.
NZXT has been around for years, building an ongoing reputation with mostly their controversial chassis designs. It all really started with the Guardian chassis years ago and ever since they have put numerous chassis designs out on the market.
Rising from the ashes of their crafted series is the Phantom 820 full tower chassis, absolutely impressive in many ways as the design is simply great, the features are grand and then the extras still need to kick in. What about a 4-fold digital fan controller connected to a plethora of pre-equipped fans?
Yes, with a changing enthusast PC landscape with features like backplate cutouts, the many water cooling options, fan controller and LED technology NZXT figured that it need to move towards an enthusiast class Phantom SKU.
The NZXT Phantom 820 is a full tower case with an excess of room for just about anything you'd like to install in there. These units are available in black, white, and red. The new Phantom 820 was designed with shiny, smooth contours and feels stealthy really. Next to that, the Phantom comes with high performance cooling advantages with many (up-to nine) fan cooling options, dual radiator liquid cooling support, quad water-cooling cutouts, and is equipped with equipped with one 140mm and three 200mm fans. Heck it even has an SD card reader built in.
But wait, there's more, an original 5.25 screw-less system, vast space to encompass six hard drives, and four 5.25 bays to enable smooth customization and color and HUE configurable LEDs.
As stated, NZXT has prepped three versions of the product, one colored white, one gunmetal grey and the other one black. They all have started shipping and will have price tags of 249 USD. Anyway, head on over to the next page where we'll start up the review.
Now be warned ... NZXT shipped out a white edition of the chassis, and although that is absolutely gorgeous to see, it's also a pain in the proverbial a$$ to photograph in our tidy white photo studio. So I'll start by saying that the photo's won't do the chassis any real justice. But have a peek anyway.