NZXT Switch 810 Case Review

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Options, folks. That’s what NZXT is shooting for with its new full-tower Switch 810 case, which can be configured in a number of different ways to optimize airflow or sound reduction and is equally friendly for air- or water-cooling setups.

Available in black or white, the NZXT Switch 810 takes a while to get to know intimately. NZXT built buckets of details into this chassis, and the more you work with it, the more little surprises you find, from fans that rotate and slide, to well-placed LEDs, and the “hybrid fins” you can use to regulate noise or enhance airflow.

NZXT Switch 810
Specifications & Features

Case Type:
Hybrid Full Tower

Materials:
Steel, Plastic

Dimensions (WxHxD):
235 x 595 X 585 mm

VGA Clearance Maximum:
375mm (w/o fan), 350mm (installed), 285mm (full pivot)

Drive Bays:
4 External 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 Internal 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design

Expansion Slots: 9
Cooling System:
FRONT, 2 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
TOP, 3 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
BOTTOM, 2x 120/140mm
INTERIOR, 2x 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
SIDE, Large acrylic window

Weight: 9.1 kg

Motherboard Support:
E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX

External Ports:
Audio/Mic
USB 2.0 (x2)
USB 3.0 (x2)
SD Card Reader


         

For all the nifty extras, the Switch 810 is not based on gimmicks; it’s solidly-built, with the specs and features users want in an enthusiast-class case.

The chassis is crafted from multiple materials that intermingle freely; for example, sections of the exterior are high-gloss black plastic rimmed by rubberized plastic with metal mesh embedded. It’s a risky strategy in terms of aesthetics, but the Switch 810 manages to pull it off in our opinion. The whole case is black inside and out with white fans and LEDs, which is a simple but attractive color scheme.

You can fit just about any-sized motherboard in there comfortably, from mini-ITX to E-ATX, and it supports graphics cards up to 375mm (350mm installed, 285mm with the adjacent fan at at full pivot). Speaking of fans, the Switch 810 has four of them inside, with mounts for an additional six--two on the front panel, two on the bottom, two inside the case mounted on the drive bays, an exhaust fan on the back, and three on the top.



The top of the case has 90mm of space and can accommodate 360mm or 420mm radiators; you can also fit a 140mm or 240mm radiator on the bottom of the case with a little rejiggering of the drive cages.

The Switch 810 has six 3.5-inch and four 5.25-inch drive bays, and one of the 5.25-inch bays is a hidden hot-swap bay that can fit a 2.5- or 3.5-inch drive. Both of the 3.5-inch drive cages are removable, and the 5.25-inch drive cages double as thumbscrew storage; there are eight holes for parking thumbscrews, and our case came with six extras already in there. There are also nine expansion slot positions.

              

The top panel features one of those pleasing extra details. Almost the entire top panel is comprised of “fins”; in other words, it’s mostly slot openings to let air circulate better. However, using a simple mechanical exterior switch, you can close off the slots to keep dust out of your rig and also cut down on noise.

If you’re planning to haul this to LAN parties, good luck, as the case without any components inside weighs 20 pounds.

The case comes with a manual, an 8-pin cable extender (which really should be standard-issue with a case this size), a small bag of zip ties, and a bag full of smaller bags of screws. The small bags are actually labeled with the screw type as well, to ease the building process.

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This case is beautiful ,must of the case are good in performance but are wayy too uglyyyyy if anyone (like me) likes quality, good performance , beautiful design i think you found it..heavy??? Don't worry i won't be moving it lol. If you missed this case shown in CES, this is how hardcore you can mod it :).------http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/59719/421869.aspx#421869

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It's a heck of a case. The Black version looks good, but I'm spoiled by the White version, which looks even better. NZXT is definitively stepping up its game.

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The NZXT cases have been good before but this is impressive; I am amazed at the number of configurations that can be had with this case and the number of adjustable things this case have. I'm not crazy wild about it's looks but then again no enthusiast is really... The review as good as ever Seth, in depth and detailed. I'll know about the backplate thingy whenever I'm thinking about the case but that won't stop me from buying this case, in fact I might have my eyes on it.

Oh and about the weight, I'm a strong guy; I can handle 20 pounds or even 100 pounds. A bit of weight won't stop me from bringing this case to LAN parties.

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20lbs is quite light compared to most full towers. and if you talk rad support, those full towers are usually upwards of 40lbs.

the fractal arc midi is 20lbs. and this may have changed my future case.

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The only thing about clear cases is that they leak noise. I'm thinking about going with an Antec P280 to replace my Antec P180B. I really can't hear it at all unless my video card kicks into high gear. Other than the probable noise issue (though the review says it's okay) it seems like a decent case.

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Like the rear adjustable exhaust fan feature and closeable top vent. Very well thought out case. I think NZXT has improved in case design and functionality by leaps and bounds these past few years.

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One more case to add to my list of possibilities it would seem.

Currently torn between this, a Corsair 500r, Chaser MK-1, and a CM HAF 922

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It's a fine looking case.

let's see this as one of your up and coming giveaways!

Great review Seth.

It's a good read and the pictures are perfect.

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that sounds good thumbs up :)

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