NZXT Phantom 630 5

NZXT Phantom 630

A Closer Look - Inside »

A Closer Look - Outside

At first the Phantom 630 looks more like the 820 than the 410, or the original Phantom. While its design is still quite detailed, it is not as elaborate as that of the larger variant.

As is the case with all Phantom enclosures, the 630 also features a door that swings open to the right, and it does snap into place once closed, thanks to a few embedded magnets. Turning the case around, everything is where it should be, with the PSU bay located on the bottom.

Taking a closer look at the front, NZXT has chosen to go with a fine metal mesh to act as a vent in the bottom half. This is a good choice considering the larger mesh on the Phantom 410 looks ugly. Behind the mesh is a large 200 mm intake fan, and above that is the aforementioned door with two magnets and four 5.25 inch drive bays. The mesh covers on these are easily removable, thanks to a spring loaded locking mechanism. You will also find a single SDHC slot hidden behind the door above the drive bays. While a multi-card reader would have been nifty, most people use SD flash memory anyways, and it was nice to see a single slot instead of none at all.

Turning the chassis around, the PSU bay is all the way on the bottom, with two sets of mounting holes. This allows you to install the power supply with the fan facing up or down. Above this are nine expansion slot covers - the same number you have on the Phantom 820. Each bay is protected by an individual, reusable cover with numerous air vents. You will find another large vent next to these, but no openings for water-cooling tubes. This is quite alright, as the chassis is able to hold a wide range of radiators without issue. In the very top is a 140 mm exhaust fan featuring NZXT's signature white blades. The elongated mounting holes allow you to move the unit up and down a bit for a perfect line-up with your CPU cooler, for example.

NZXT continues its design element of dividing a side panel into two halves for a window and a fan placement on the Phantom 630. The 200 mm unit embedded here is protected by a dust filter to minimize dirt buildup within the case. An asymmetric window should allow you to view the top half of the motherboard, but will not reveal drive bays or graphic cards. Turning the chassis around, the second side is completely solid. NZXT has refrained from extruding either side panel as they have done on the larger Phantom 820.

The top holds two USB 3.0 and a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and the usual audio connectivity on the left edge. You will find the power & reset buttons opposite of those, along with a switch to turn off the rear LED light. NZXT has also build a single channel, 30W fan controller into the chassis. It has a sliding mechanism with three speed settings. Behind it is a large metal mesh air vent with another 200 mm fan. This brings the total of cooling units up to four - three of which are of the large 200 mm variety.

The entire underside of the case is protected by two dust filters. You may pull one of each out through the back or the front of the chassis.
Next Page »A Closer Look - Inside