Excerpt: The Phantom 410 inherits the good looks of its full-tower predecessor but adds some tweaks of its own. It’s a great-looking case in any color (we’ve used white and red for builds), but the gunmetal gray is spectacular. The paint is thick and luxurious to the touch, enough to give the Phantom 410 a much better feel than the MSI Ravager , which uses similar chassis tooling.
Summary: To test the fit of the Phantom 410 we installed an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with a Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU cooler. The Frio Advanced heatsink is a larger unit measuring in at 130(L) x 130(H) x 25(W) mm. As you can see the heatsink fits with room to spare even with the two fans still in place.
Pros: Beautiful finish inside and out, Outstanding cable management, Multiple cooling options, Near tool-less design, Fans are efficient and quiet, Included fan controller
Cons: No external 3.5" option, Heavy at 9 kg. (~20 lbs.), Left side hinged door
NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition Mid-Tower Case Review
Hi Tech Legion
15 May 2012
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 410 was an excellent performer in almost all aspects. The Phantom 410 SE had excellent airflow at all fan speeds and provided excellent thermal characteristics with minimal noise. Installation was smooth with only minor inconveniences and component space was abundant for a mid-tower.
I started out with a different approach with the NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition, and with good reason.
Pros: Outstanding Exterior Finish, Top LED Fan Provides Great In Case Glow, Clearance for multiple video cards longer than an HD6990, Tool-less PCI-E and 5.25” drive mounting, Three fans pre-installed with built-in 3-step fan controller, 240/280mm radiator mounting support at the top, Five more additional fan mounting options, 19-pin USB 3.0 header, Clearly labeled accessories, Large CPU heatsink backplate cutout, Bottom mounted power supply with removable dust filter, High...
Cons: No dust filters for the front intake and side panels, Rubber grommets for cable routing come off easily, Drive caddy design obstructs 90 degree power and SATA cables when a 2.5" drive is installed, Fan Controller Leaves Behind A Glut of Wires If You Are Not Using It
Conclusion: I would love to love this case. It has most of what I ask for in an air-cooled case : For some of you this might be the very case you need. It’s even pretty, especially with lights in it. If you, like me, live in a dusty environment, this case is too cumbersome to clean on a regular basis. It would get tiresome to partly disassemble this case on a biweekly basis to do what should be a quick cleaning of the air filters, much less the weekly vacuuming I give my own rigs.
Pros: Great looking case, Easy to work in, including a tool-less design where it counts, No sharp edges inside, Great cable management: plenty of room, pass-throughs and tie-down points to manage cables, Motherboard/CPU window is generous, Just wide enough to accommodate 140mm push fans on your CPU heatsink, Clever mid-case fan holder with pivot, Spacious for a mid-tower: Room for a foot-long graphics card, 240mm radiator with fans on top, Three fans included and space for ...
Cons: Must partly disassemble the case to clean the front air filter(s). (That is fixable with a little modding), Hard drive mounts that restrict airflow from the front of the case, The rear exhaust fan is covered by a grill. Without a rear grill you would likely run your case without any rear exhaust fan. The Phantom 410 would have been that much quieter., The narrow strips of sheet metal between the rear slots do nothing but restrict airflow. Dispensing with those would a...
Summary: I began my build by installing my CPU and heatsink before I installed the motherboard. Even though the NZXT Phantom 410 has a large hole in the motherboard tray to facilitate installation of after-market heat sinks, I still find it much easier to install these before dropping the board in the case. Next, I located the motherboard stand-offs and installed them with the thumbscrew adapter. After that I installed the motherboard I/O plate and the motherboard.
Conclusion: The original Phantom was a highly awarded case and it was a logical move for NZXT to make a smaller version of this popular case. The newcomer features the same, very unique and cool looks, packs a LOT of optional cooling and can also take all the longest graphic cards. The most obvious downside of the Phantom 410 is the lack of dust filters.
Pros: Unique looks, Fan controller, Lots of optional cooling
Cons: No dust filters, A bit 'plasticky', Small frame
Summary: If you are looking for a great case that will last you a lifetime, then I suggest that you give the Phantom 410 a look. The Phantom 410 will be a great case for liquid cooling enthusiast and amateur builders alike.
NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition Case Video Review
21 February 2012
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition Case is available in Black with Orange Trim, Black with White Trim, White with Blue Trim, and a surprise Gunmetal black edition with a gunmetal interior and exterior matte finish. It looks sexy, but is smart as well! This case has lots of drive bays, fans, cable management, cooler hole, tool-less design and is available in three different colors. If you in the market for something different I'd take a look at this case.
Excerpt: The case market is constantly being bombarded with low quality cases, whether they are poorly made, don’t function well, or just look terrible. So it was refreshing when we were able to work wit NZXT’s Phantom back in July 2010. The Phantom received excellent reviews across the board from many review sites, including ours. So when we heard that NZXT was releasing a mid-tower version of the Phantom, the Phantom 410, we were very interested.
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower case performed extremely well in terms of looks, functionality and thermal performance, with a few minor inconveniences.
The original NZXT Phantom full-tower case set the bar quite high and introduced a new standard of quality, compared to previously seen NZXT cases. In order to improve upon this design, NZXT kept their ears open to suggestions from fans and it definitely shows in the Phantom 410.
Pros: Clearance for multiple video cards longer than an HD6990, Tool-less PCI-E and 5.25” drive mounting, Three fans pre-installed with built-in 3-step fan controller, 240/280mm radiator mounting support at the top, Five more additional fan mounting options, 19-pin USB 3.0 header, Clearly labeled accessories, Large CPU heatsink backplate cutout, Bottom mounted power supply with removable dust filter, High-airflow design, Excellent cable management options, Tall case feet fo...
Cons: No dust filters for the front intake and side panels, Rubber grommets for cable routing come off easily, Drive caddy design obstructs 90 degree power and SATA cables when an SSD drive is installed