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  • mepenete - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Too bad I can't get the aesthetic design of this case.. it just looks ugly to me. Reply
  • EzioAs - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Right? Right? I just don't see why most people like NZXT designs anyway, I know aesthetic is a subjective thing but yeah, NZXT cases really doesn't do it for me. Reply
  • 3ogdy - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    The Antec GX700 looks so much better, right?

    Yeah....right
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  • EzioAs - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    That's because I compared the GX700 to the Vengeance C70. Both have quite good looks (if you're into the military-looking case sort of theme) but I prefer the GX700. If I were to compare both of them to the Tt Level 10GT or the Cougar Challenger however, both GX700 and Vengeance C70 would came out on top. Reply
  • Havor - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    No but the Silverstone Raven line dose look a hell of a lot better, and also cools real good.

    http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven
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  • Robert in Calgary - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Yes, another ugly case. Bad "artists".

    ...and big! 7 inches taller than a Solo, 6 inches higher than a R4.

    This won't fit on my computer shelf.
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  • JPForums - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    Yes, another ugly case. Bad "artists".


    I can respect that. I'm actually one of the rare few that neither love or hate the aesthetics. It is certainly better looking (In my opinion) than some of their previous attempts, but there are just as certainly better looking cases on the market.

    ...and big! 7 inches taller than a Solo, 6 inches higher than a R4.


    The R4 is 6.5" taller than a Sugo SG09B OMGWTFBBQ.

    Or Instead of comparing Full towers to Mid towers( to Mini towers), we could compare it to other cases in its class. This case does ring in a full inch taller than a Cooler Master HAF-X (without the wheels) and almost 2 inches deeper. However, it is 3 inches shorter and 2 inches less deep than a Cooler Master Cosmos II. It is on the larger side of Full towers. However, it's not really that much larger than common Full towers like the HAF-X, smaller than the likes of a Silverstone TJ11B-W or Thermaltake VG4000BNS(Xaser VI), and roughly the same size as a Corsair Obsidian 800D.

    The point is, the size of the Phantom 630 really isn't outrageous to anyone looking for a Full tower. It may be unworkable for some, but anyone who looks at its size and thinks ZOMG shouldn't be looking for a full tower in the first place. They would be better served by a Mid tower or smaller.
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  • Subyman - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I totally agree. The functionality looks great, but the design is not pleasing to me. I bought a Corsair 550D and love its understated looks (I also own a 800D.) Reply
  • JPForums - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    I don't particularly hate the Phantom 630's aesthetics, but they aren't appealing to me either. Like you I am a fan of the 550D and 800D. Unfortunately I don't own the 800D (yet). The 550D will have to do for now (at least until I can sell of another case). Reply
  • frogger4 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I get the feeling this aesthetic is very subjective [I happen to really really like it!]. I have a previous generation Phantom, and very much like the look, but I think I fit the exact target audience they are going for.

    On that same note, I also very much like the side panel with fan and window. It may not be the fanciest look, but I design the inside to be something worth looking at, so I like being able to see it. Perhaps an option for either a closed side panel or a window side panel would be cool.
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  • gamezoid123 - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    well it depends. yeah the gun metal looks like crap but i think the white and black versions look much better., and will be more to the liking of every one else. Reply
  • kilkennycat - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    Yep, agreed. Also the controls and external connectors being on top of this large case is really stupid.. Presumably, there is an "aesthetic assumption" by NZXT that it will never occupy a place under a desk, but be put out in the open for all to admire. Reply
  • Bonesdad - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    indeed Reply
  • Rinaun - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    The look is hardly appealing to me. I just dislike the styling is all. The interior is very nice! Reply
  • Skidmarks - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I think it's a very nice case, far nicer than the Level 10 eyesore. Reply
  • Willomz - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    The 630 doesn't support Mini-ITX as it says here. Reply
  • bricks419 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    All atx cases support mini itx. It just uses the four mounting points closest to the i/o area. Reply
  • Willomz - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    Not this one, the motherboard cutout is too large.

    Check the NZXT website.

    Or here @2:50
    http://hexus.net/tv/show/2013/01/NZXT_Phantom_630_...
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  • gamezoid123 - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    lol does it matter? if your going to put a mini itx motherboard in a case get something actually made for a mini itx case Reply
  • Willomz - Monday, January 28, 2013 - link

    No not really, just be nice for the specifications table to be correct. Reply
  • sna1970 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I wonder why people cant design REAL good looking cases ...

    if the Japanese can ...

    hey Anand ... take a look at Abee PC cases for a change ...

    http://abee.co.jp/Product/index.html#case
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  • awg1031 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    wow, i hope anand can hold of abee's product..

    even look at the i-phone case..nice~
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  • meefer - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    They look like clean designs but they aren't terribly interesting- all crisp but cold right angles. I'd like to find a nice balance between the old beige box look (like Abee Smart) and the ridiculous 1990s Mega Bass boombox look (like the CoolerMaster HAF).

    It doesn't look like Abee have distributors in the US, too bad. Their phone and tablet cases look awesome.
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  • 3ogdy - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    The right angle design and sharp edge design is back for some - they think that if they add a nice shiny painting they can pretend to be the latest craze and well, "simple, yet awesome design" -which they're not. Those look like those second hand PC cases people throw away for $30. But hey, I was against Alienware's case redesign (their cases were by far some of the best looking one on the market), yet they went on and came up with something that looks a lot worse than their previous design...it seems taking steps backwards is the new fashion now. Reply
  • meefer - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Good point. For what it's worth, I think the bland right-angle design works much better in the small form factor cases from Abee. Example:

    http://abee.co.jp/Product/nuc/index.html
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  • 3ogdy - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I really don't get it:
    Do you really mean those UGLY cases from the link you posted look better than the NZXT design?
    Wow!
    I understand it's a matter of taste but hey, the Abee cases have absolutely no design at all - they're simply a bunch of unpolished Pentium 3-style cases.
    So why did you use them as an example against the NZXT Phantom, which OBVIOUSLY and DEFINITELY looks a ton better. Even if the NZXT Phantom cost twice as much as those cases, I'd still get the Phantom. It looks better and it is functional-enough.
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  • Bob Todd - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    I bet you thought the MSI GT660 looked better than a MacBook Pro too... Reply
  • kyuu - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    30gdy is right. How exactly are *those* cases good-looking? They look like the towers from the P4 era and back. If you really loved your old beige-box, great. But I think most people agree those are far from aesthetically pleasing.

    I'm not a huge fan of NZXT's aesthetic design either, but at least it *has* a design.
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  • kyuu - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Their iPad/iPhone cases on the other hand, now *those* look nice. Reply
  • JPForums - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    I understand it's a matter of taste but hey, the Abee cases have absolutely no design at all - they're simply a bunch of unpolished Pentium 3-style cases.


    These are most certainly not unpolished Pentium 3-style cases. Take a look at the list Ugly posted below for a valid point of comparison. The looks are definitely understated, but the combination of brushed aluminum exterior and what appears to be a well constructed and modern internal design (looking at the X3) counts as polish in my book. There is a market for designs such as these, especially in a business oriented setting.

    That said, the understated look isn't for everyone. I'd expect cases like these to appeal more to fans of the classic Lian Li enclosures than fans of Coolermaster's HAF series or NZXT chassis in general. I probably wouldn't use one of these for my gaming build, but I could see myself building a workhorse for the office in one of these if the performance keeps up. I'd like to see Dustin review one of these if he gets the chance.
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  • 3ogdy - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Oh, look these cases look so much better than NZXT's Phantom:
    They're awesome
    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~wayrich/computer-hist...
    http://www.vmaxcanada.com/products/case/q500.jpg
    http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/itemimage...
    http://www.stsnetwork.com/imagesnojava/pc_case.gif
    http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/3/3f/...

    With these modern and stylish cases, I still don't understnad how NZXT can make such ugly cases

    /irony
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  • lockdown571 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Yeah I don't really get all the criticisms about styling. I find most cases are either too plane or horribly gaudy. I think this strikes a nice balance. I also HATE how most computer cases leave the optical drives exposed. That's actually one of the major reasons I bought the NZXT Phantom. To each their own though. Reply
  • Stan Zaske - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Very nice styling. Excellent functionality. Too expensive. Nice article. Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    That, padding, and you've got a great silent case. I do like the hd cage design where you decide if you want a lot of hd's or just the 1 SSD+ 1 HD config a lot of gamers will go for. Reply
  • Tech-Curious - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Excellent review, as usual.

    Have you reviewed any interesting cases with a top-mounted PSU lately, Dustin? Any of those cases in the pipeline? Just curious.
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  • pdjblum - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

    Do not get why you continue to refuse to list the materials in the specifications. Reply
  • londiste - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    only the single-bay drive cage was installed for the tests? how much would more drive cages affect the cooling performance?

    are the drive cages interchangeable, i.e. can you only use the 2-bay cage at the bottom of the case?
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  • beepboy - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    I wouldn't shell this much for a case that's not made out of all aluminum. 27 lbs for an empty case is a little too heavy for my taste. Reply
  • HardwareDufus - Monday, January 21, 2013 - link

    It's the least offensive of the current crop of robot/transformer like cases. Great function...not so hott form...but then again..I recognize there is an audience for a case with these looks. Reply
  • Magichands8 - Thursday, January 24, 2013 - link

    I know I'm a little late commenting on this so I probably wont' get any kind of response but I'm a little confused about the results for this case. I'm comparing this one with the Nanoxia DS 1. Looking at the results for the noise and thermals (CPU, overclocked) it appears that the Phantom 630 is doing a better job at cooling than the Nanoxia DS1 at the same noise levels. Then, in the review for the 630, Dustin says:

    "If noise is your utmost concern you're never going to really beat the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1..."

    How can this be the case (ahem!) if the results show the same noise readings at the same distance?

    Also, he states:

    "The windowed side panel looks better than its predecessor and obviously contributes to the case's killer performance..."

    How could a windowed side panel contribute to the cases performance? I would think that a solid steel side panel would be better at reducing noise and even slightly better for heat dissipation.
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  • praeses - Friday, January 25, 2013 - link

    Like Dustin pointed out, it would be nice to see fewer 5.25" drive bays and shed the side panel fan but I would like to see it one step further yet. I would like to see all 5.25" bays removed and just fans at the front.

    I am sure there are many others that would agree that in their high performance system (gaming, workstation, etc) there isn't a need for either 5.25" or 3.5" drive bays, only a couple 2.5" ones that this conveniently already has. The optical drive is nicely served externally up on the desk near the monitor/keyboard/mouse. The front could then sport another large (200 or 140mm) quiet fan directly in line with the CPU.

    Also, a front fan filter and having the air redirected like the fractal design refine series (although their thermals aren't the best) would help muffle the sound.

    Aesthetics I'm not a fan of but it wouldn't prevent me from buying one, the rest of the design I am quite fond of.
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  • Magichands8 - Sunday, January 27, 2013 - link

    What they should do is move the drives all up ABOVE the motherboard in a separate compartment a la Lian Li's Tyr PCX-2000 cases. You could pack them pretty tight too and still have room for nice amount of storage AND an optical drive. Then, you could place 2 200mm fans in the front, remove the top fan(s), remove the side fan and have a solid panel there instead. Thermals should be AT LEAST as good and the case would be much quieter to boot. Sure the case would be taller but I'd rather have something better designed from an engineering and performance standpoint than something that sucked but looked prettier. Besides, no one looking for a compact, small case should even be thinking about this one in the first place so I don't get all the talk about it being x millimeters taller or wider than the other case.

    I just don't get why so many companies these days stick to this silly and outdated approach of placing the drives directly in front of the motherboard. Cooling HDDs TOO well can actually reduce their life-span and it makes no sense to pre-warm the incoming air before sending it to the CPU. Why is it that we are starting to see all these removable and modular drive cages anyway? It's because people keep trying to find a way to get the damn drives away from the front of the case.
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  • LS& - Friday, November 22, 2013 - link

    I just want to say thank you for your case reviews with temps as a solid focus. I have not built a pc in 7 years and am now just starting to do my research to find the best parts. Overclocking is going to be a goal in this build and at least for me low noise and great thermal is the key. Does anyone else know of any other cases well under $200 I should be looking at for this mix of sound and performance? Reply

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