NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower Case Review

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Unfortunately, many PC enthusiasts tend to skimp on the chassis when building a new system. After all, you can get a decent case with adequate cooling for next to nothing these days, making a splurge on a $200-plus, premium case seem unnecessary. However, as anyone who’s owned a truly high-end chassis can tell you, it's usually worth the extra money for superior construction, additional features, ample cooling options, and sometimes attractive lighting. In addition, a high-end case is something that can last through multiple upgrade cycles.

That’s how the NZXT Phantom 820 is positioned: it's an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of chassis, offering all the options and extras you could hope for whether you’re rolling with the stock fans or want to put in a monster liquid cooling solution.


NZXT Phantom 820
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Phantom 820

Full Tower

Plastic/Steel

235mm (W) x 650mm (H) x 612mm (D)

Integrated HUE LED lighting system, SD Card Reader,
4-channel 15-watt Fan Digital Controller

Front: 1x200mm@800rpm, Top: 1x200mm@800rpm,
Side: 1x200mm@800rpm, Rear: 1x140mm@1100rpm

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

Top: 2x 140mm/3x 120mm
Rear: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm
Bottom: 2x 140mm/2x 120mm
Pivot: 1x 140mm/1x 120mm

4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design

Steel, Plastic

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15kg, 32lbs

E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX 




This full tower case is made from both plastic and steel and is truly an extra-large chassis at 235mm (W) x 650mm (H) x 612mm (D) and a whopping 32lbs. You can put almost any motherboard you like inside, as the Phantom 820 supports all form factors from mini-ITX to E-ATX.

  

NZXT stuck with its cool and sophisticated white fans for the Phantom 820, and the case can accommodate plenty of them. Four large ones come standard--200mm fans on the top, front, and side panels, and a 140mm exhaust fan at the rear--and they’re operated by a 4-channel, 15-watt digital fan controller.

  

There are nine expansion bays to accommodate even the bulkiest multi-card graphics configurations, and the case has four 5.25-inch and six 3.5-inch drive bays. One of the 3.5-inch bays (the lower one, which has two trays) pops out easily with a pair of squeezable tabs, and both bays are angled at 90 degrees to offer access from the side panel instead of from inside the main compartment of the case.



One of the highlights of the Phantom 820 is its lighting design, which features multiple color choices, front-mounted controls, and white LEDs illuminating the rear I/O ports.



Accessories for the Phantom 820 are simple yet sufficient and include a helpful user manual with detailed schematics of the various parts of the chassis, an 8-pin cable extender, and a convenient white box that houses all the screws and zip ties.
 

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Someone help my eyes out here.  Are those fans at the bottom right corner of the case? 

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Yes they are. Looks to be a secondary radiator.

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hey i can't get my less working i see the wires but i can't find any places t plug them in me and my friend are new to computers we got every thing else working can u help?

Sad

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cookieninja:
hey i can't get my less workin

I assume that you mean the LED lights. It depends on what your LED Light's plugs look like. Some require an adapter and then plug into the power supply unit.

Post a picture of what your plugs look like,..........

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Not bad. Must see in white.

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Yep ! Defenitivly more classy in white !

http://www.onlinecomputer.com.au/images/nzxt820white.jpg

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I like the gunmetal color more than I do the white.

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Nice case and review. I have never thought about looking at NZXT much. I've always been a Antec, Corsair, and Cooler Master case person myself. My current case is the Cooler Master HAF 932 and while I love it I have been looking at other cases and just might have to consider this one.

I only thing I dont like about this case and that is all cases for that matter is the door in the front. I have never cared for them but that is just my opinion. Other than that though it looks like a great case.

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The gun-metal definitely has a sort of retro 1950's steel, flying machine type feel if you ask me and I think it's sick.

Initially I was a fan of white, after window-shopping and gazing at albums of Phantom 820's I got bought by gun-metal haha 

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