NZXT Phantom 630 Modular Ultra Case

Posted by on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 8:00am

Now, there is a sibling to the two cases mentioned and that is the new Phantom 630. The Phantom is not your typical Phantom series case as it was re-designed from the ground up. NZXT task with the 630 was to offer the enthusiast all the comforts one would need in a great case. And looking at it there are features and tweaks that you wouldn’t even realize that are there.

NZXT Phantom 630 Modular Ultra Case

 

Introduction

When one talked about NZXT chances are the first that comes to mind is the Phantom series of cases which would include the 410 and the 820. Two cases that took the world by storm with their good looks and wide-range of customization. The 820 in particular is often the subject of water-cooling build logs and case mods as it was large enough and clean enough to show off all the components in the rig.

Now, there is a sibling to the two cases mentioned and that is the new Phantom 630. The Phantom is not your typical Phantom series case as it was re-designed from the ground up. NZXT task with the 630 was to offer the enthusiast all the comforts one would need in a great case. And looking at it there are features and tweaks that you wouldn’t even realize that are there.

NZXT’s take on the Phantom 630

Allow us to introduce you to the future.  Presenting the NZXT Phantom 630 – the beginning of a new era of chassis design. 

The original Phantom was, in every aspect, undisputed in its design. Bold, striking and timeless. With the Phantom 820, NZXT broke new ground and raised the bar for an entire industry. Now, the design of the Phantom 630 achieves this again while fully satisfying the high demands of those who take computing seriously. 

The new Phantom 630 brings support for cutting edge features such as simultaneous support for a 3x120 radiator, a 2x120 radiator and all hard drive bays, interchangeable fully-modular HDD cages, pivoting fan mount, and a single 30-watt controller with four high endurance fans included. Naturally, all other features you expect from a high performance NZXT chassis are in. The Phantom 630 breaks tradition and moves you forward in every way.


Features

Next generation Phantom design, both inside and out
-Fully modular internal drive bays allows you to customize the Phantom 630’s layout to suite your needs
-Split-level motherboard tray allowing increased rear cable management
-Dual SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray
-High-end water cooling support allows use of multiple radiators and multiple radiator sizes
-Integrated high-power 30-watt single-channel fan controller
-Rear-mounted fan hub for simple and clean fan control installation
-Easily removable dust filters protect your components
-Illuminates rear I/O ports internal components with a flick of a switch
-Full external peripheral support with multiple USB 3.0, 2.0 connections and an integrated SD card reader


Closer look at the exterior

If you are looking to score a new phantom 630 for yourself you have to choices of white, black and our review sample, gun metal. These are the same colors the 820 came in as well. The smaller 410 came in white, red and black along with four special edition colors.

The Phantom 630 stands 24.6 inches tall, almost an inches shorter than the 820 and four inches taller than the 410. The rest of the dimensions are 23.6” deep and 9.6” wide. That about 3.22 cubic feet or 92.1 liters totaling in weight of 27 pounds.

 Looking at the Phantom 630 from the front you can see that it has more than its share of plastic. The use of plastic has some in an uproar but what could you aspect the cost to manufacture a case like this in aluminum would be costly.

A small door that takes up about a half of the front panel opens to the right revealing four optical drive bays. The door is held secure using a small magnetic. The bay covers are easily removed from the rest of the case without having to enter the tower by utilizing small plastic locks located on the left end of the cover.

Just above the drive bays is a reader of SD/SDHC flash memory. Great feature as the secure digital card is by the most used of flash memory. If you need a reader of the various other cards NZXT does offer the Aperture M. The only thing with the reader being located here is that you will have to open the door each and every time you want to use it.

The lower half of the front panel is 2/3 mesh and 1/3 plastic. If you look through the mesh you can see a portion of the 200mm fan used for intake. The fan can also be replaced with smaller 120/140mm units.

Turning our attention to the top of the case you can see this is where it gets a bit busier. Looking at the top while lying on the case’s side we have the I/O panel at the top which consist of two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports and the standard audio jacks.

Besides the usual power and reset buttons the Phantom offers a single channel 30 watt fan controller that has three speeds: low, med and high. The rest of the top is a combination of plastic and mesh for air exhaust. There is also a button to shut down any LED lighting as well.

The left side panel consists of two trapezoid designs with one being for a mesh panel and the other a small window.

The right side has a bulge in it to give more room to the case for more area for cables behind the motherboard tray.

The bottom of the case has two large air filters, one of the power supply and the other for whatever you decide to install in the bottom of the case.

The rear of the case is not totally typical of what we have see on the market before. It begins with the fan mounting. The Phantom 630 can house either 120mm or 140mm in its rear and they can be adjusted up or down to allow more room for water-cooling rads or for other reasons.

Ten slots are presented and allow the builder to take full advantage of quad-GPU setups. A line of slots align the right side for extra ventilation.


Closer look at the interior

Looking at an overall view of the interior of the Phantom, you see that it is very spacious and very modular. This is what NZXT was going for when they built this case. The idea was to offer a case that can house anything you want. This would include large air-coolers, several different radiator locations, a lot of storage drives and a massive amount of fans.

Looking at the motherboard tray you will that plenty is offered in the form of cable management. There are many openings edging the motherboard tray for routing cables to the rear of backside of the case. The tray itself is large enough to accommodate up to the size of XL-ATX.

There is even a tray or rail along the top of the tray for routing cables for your fans. The opening for the CPU cooler is one of the largest we have ever seen.

One of the most interesting things about the Phantom 630 is the HDD cages. They are fully modular and can be moved around to better fit the needs of the builder. In default they are aligned on top of one another under the optical drive cage. The photos below show some of the possible positions for them. Interesting that if you eliminate the tray and move it to a different location you can mount a water-cooling rad in the front of the case and still have full access to the six drives that the cages can hold. Each tray can house a 2.5” drive as well. Another interesting thing about the trays is they exit the chassis from the right side panel and not the left meaning you have to pull that panel as well in order to change drives around.

Need an extra fan location? One is provided on the back of the larger HDD fan.

The optical drive bays are tool-less and use a metal hinge to hold any device in place.

The PSU sits on rubber bumpers to rid the system of possible vibration.

The rear fan comes fitted with a 140mm but can be replaced with a 120mm if needed. All slot covers are vented as well. But we do not understand why there are no thumbscrews for the expansion slot covers.

The top of the case like the front comes with a 200mm pre-installed. And also like the front they is a metal plate capable of holding 120mm or 140mm fans or even a water-cooling rid.

Here we have the backside of the MB tray. There is plenty of room for cables from the power supply to rest. A hub is used to connect all fans to the fan controller.

Even a couple of 2.5” drives can be mounted here is for some reason you don’t want to use the HDD cases.


Build Images


Conclusion

The NZXT Phantom 630 is truly a complete case. It offers everything anyone needs when building that ultimate gaming rig. The styling is pretty universal as it does not scream out ‘I am a gamer’. The case can easily be placed in a multitude of place and look very comfortable sitting there. Even when it comes to color options NZXT has your back with the Phantom 630 as it comes in black, gun metal and white. I am pretty positive you will see other ‘special edition’ colors in the future.

What can’t be ignored about this case are all the features it offers. Honestly, we can go on for hours naming them off. One of the biggest ones would be the amount of different water-cooling configuration you can have. A radiator as long as 360mm can be placed in the top while a 240mm can he settle in the front, a 280mm in the bottom and a 140mm in the rear. And you can still keep much of your drive locations with the modular HDD cages and dual 2.5” bays behind the motherboard tray.

The rest of the features would include but not limited too great cable management possibilities, long GPU support, a ten fan single channel controller, large amount of drive support, SD/SDHC card reader, tool-less assembly and the list just goes on and on. Yes, NZXT did go all out on this case and I am really glad they sent it over for us to review.

In the next case we would like to see thumbscrews for the expansion slots. They are a must and the Phantom 630 does not have them.

We could not find the NZXT Phantom for sale anywhere but we are told to look to pay about $180 for it when available.

Note: NZXT has informed us that all the Phantom 630 made as of this week will ship with thumbscrews for the expansion slots. Nice to see the big guys pay attention to the people. Nice going, NZXT.

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