NZXT Switch 810 Case Review - HotHardware

NZXT Switch 810 Case Review

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Exterior
We already mentioned some of the case’s exterior features, but there’s a lot more to discuss. We’ll start with the side panel, which has a big, clear acrylic window that gobbles up about 75% of the entire panel. The panel itself (as well as the panel on the other side) is held on by three thumbscrews. With the top and bottom thumbscrews removed, the sides will stay on until you press down on the remaining screw to pop out the panel. This allows you to just snap the sides on easily and then worry about the remaining screws later.

              

The front panel has a lot going on. Divided into two sections, the bottom portion houses a small mesh grill to allow air intake and a larger mesh filter to trap dust on its way in; removing this panel exposes the two front fans. The top portion features an integrated ODD drive door that hides your drive from view, ensuring a smooth, stylish front, as well as a door hiding the front ports. Those ports include headphone and mic jacks, a pair each of USB 2.0 and 3.0, an SD card slot, reset button, and LED toggle button.

The power button is on top of the case along with the aforementioned hybrid fins. The back is mostly either a cutout or mesh for great airflow, yet there’s more to see. Although there’s just one lone back fan, you can easily loosen it and slide it up or down a couple of inches to position it in just the right spot depending on your component setup. NZXT also put in a pair of white LEDs (controllable with the front panel toggle button)--one to light the back I/O panel and one above the expansion slots--to give users a clear view of the back ports so they aren’t fumbling around in the dark. It’s a smart but simple detail. To give them power though, you have to connect an internal lead to a SATA power cable, which seems a bit odd. We would have preferred they use a less valuable floppy or 4-pin power connector.

         

The bottom of the Switch 810 houses a pair of mesh filters, both of which are easily removable with a nice spring-loaded mechanism. Rubberized feet underneath keep the case off the ground by few centimeters.

Interior
The interior of the Switch 810 is spacious, especially if you start pulling out drive cages--which you don’t need to do to access your drives, as they’re easily accessible via the back. The 3.5-inch rails are sufficiently sturdy, and the tool-less 5.25-inch trays have a little lock that holds ODDs in place securely once the drives snap into place.

         

Of the four fans that come with the Switch 810, one is mounted on one of the 3.5-inch drive cages and can be pivoted at up to a 40-degree angle to direct cool air across various components. There’s room for another 140mm fan on the lower drive cage, as well.

If you want to use the hot-swap drive tray, the power (Molex) and data (SATA) ports are mounted in the tray and facing toward the motherboard. There are ten large, sturdy rubber grommets for easy cable routing and a plethora of clips on the back panel for zip-tying cables into place. With 23-25mm of space for cables between the back tray and the side panel, you shouldn’t run into any space issues.

         

Installation
With so much room inside the case, we had no problems installing our components--not a nicked knuckle to be found. Almost everything is spring-loaded and locks into place, and so many parts of the case are movable or removable that it’s always easy to find room to work.

     
The grommets are mostly cut out in pairs or clusters, and there are so many of them that you can use each for just one or two cables instead of being stuck cramming too many cables through a single opening. For example, instead of pulling the 24-pin power cable for the motherboard and the SATA and power cables for your ODD through the one grommet closest to both components, the Switch 810 has two grommets side by side, one for each component’s cables.

Although the CPU cutout is plenty large, our backplate didn’t quite fit, which is always an annoyance. However, the back plate has a smart, simple feature that more than makes up for it: a fan power hub that has headers for seven fans and gets it juice from a single Molex connector. It’s even attached with Velcro so you can remove it easily, if you like hunting for fan power leads on your motherboard or something.

         

The PSU mount has little feet that keep the unit off of the floor of the case, even though that floor is just an airflow-friendly mesh, as well as a small metal arm that helps hold the PSU snugly.

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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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