• Manufacturer NZXT
• Requirements: Standard ATX PSU, ATX, micro and mini-ITX motherboard support
If it’s eye-catching style with sleek lines and an impressive-looking LED lit interior you’re after, in your PC case, then NZXT has the answer for you, in the form of the Phantom 410.
This is a mid-tower chassis that’s lean, with angled sections across the front and over the top of the case – not quite centre, but slightly off and sweeping over a windowed section on the top, while moving to the opposite side toward the bottom, where a mesh air intake sits.
The Phantom comes in a variety of colors: white, black, red, white with blue stripe, black with orange stripes, gunmetal, and black with white stripes. It may seem like a crazy collection of hues, but they work well.
It measures a satisfyingly large 215 x 516 x 532mm and weighs 9kg. Inside, you’ll find three 5.25” drive bays and six 3.5” drive bay slots, all of which are tool-free and set out in a rail design for easy access and removal.
The included fans consist of a front 120mm unit, a rear 120mm fan and a single top fan measuring 140mm. However, you can optionally install a pair of 120mm fans at the front, another 120mm fan to the side, two 140mm fans along the top, and finally another single 120mm fan on the bottom of the case. These can be swapped out for single 140mm fans if needed.
There are some pretty neat features in the Phantom. For one, the right-hand panel offers easy access to the 3.5“ drive bays, rubberised cable holes, loads of cable tie areas and a decent large cut-out section for the custom cooling solution.
The rear of the chassis offers seven expansion slots, a couple of grommets for passing a water cooling solution through, and a section on the base where the PSU is fitted. Likewise, the underside of the case has a mesh dust cover over the PSU fan and further mesh sections for cooling and the aforementioned fan. Plus the entire case sits on a set of rubber feet to cut down noise and vibration.
The only downside to this rather excellent case is the fairly weak front door that pops out and swings to the left to reveal the 5.25“ drive bays. While okay, it does feel a little flimsy considering the level of quality throughout the rest of the case. However, in this day and age, how often do we access the optical drive?
There are plenty of sections along the inner rims of the case to fit an LED strip, and the windowed areas provide easy viewing for the light show some system builders insist on fitting. Overall, it makes for a pretty spectacular looking case.
As we said, the quality of the NZXT Phantom 410 is astounding. It has been machined to near perfection, and regardless of the color scheme, the case looks truly wonderful.