Meet the new NZXT flagship case. Phantom 820 reviewed
5 February 2013
Conclusion: The NZXT Phantom 820 is a flagship in every sense of the word. It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s extraordinarily well built, and it’s bold. It screams “I’m a custom computer builder and I love my PC” when it’s all lit up and whirring away.
Excerpt: If you’re looking for a chassis that already comes with a built in fan controller, internal LEDs, excellent cooling potential, great cable management and even the possibility to run extreme gaming configurations, you should check out the NZXT Phantom 820. [review_ad]
Pros: Internal/External LED kit with On/Off capability, and Hue Adjustment, SD Card Reader built in, Fan Controller Built in for 4 different sets of fans (12 Fans Total), 0% to 100% fan settings., Great balance between looks, performance and eye candy., Cable Management, with proper rubber grommets , p...
Cons: Paint scratches easily., Hard to take off Top Cover, Top Fan Filters not easily Accessible, Fairly expensive for an average Joe, even though it comes with lots of features.
Conclusion: NZXT chassis seem to get better with each revision, but the company has a habit of leaving room for a couple of small improvements. The Phantom 820 is a continuation of that trend; it's arguably NZXT's most impressive full-tower solution to date, yet there are a few elements that could be enhanced.
Summary: If you are in the market for a full tower case, it would be hard to top the NZXT Phantom 820. NZXT really pulled out all the stops making this the most feature rich and well cooled case we have seen to date.
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 820 offers decent cooling performance in its stock configuration, although there are other cases that perform better at its price point. That said, the case offers as spacious an interior as you could ask for (although we’d like a bit more room in the rear for cabling), more than...
Summary: The all new Phantom 820 is a smack-down home run in terms of design and cooling. I truly adore this chassis as from A to Z this simply is a very well thought through chassis with all the features and space you'll need for a long time -- and that's next to all the new features and bling.
Summary: Once I had everything ready to go I fired this bad boy up. Immediately I wanted to play with the LEDs. This case looked cool out of the box, but the LEDs are the icing on the cake. The top and front are accented with LED lit fiber-optic bars that match the inside LED lighting.
Pros: Lots of room, Many options for ease of routing, Integrated fan controller and lighting system, Manufactured to accommodate any type of cooling setup, Sleek design, Many tool-less connections
Cons: Price puts it out of range of some enthusiasts, Would have liked to see another 8 pin ATX cable, Would have liked to see a fan included for the swivel point
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower case is chock full of enthusiast features; multiple fan placements with consideration for chassis airflow, designed for custom water cooling as well as fully contained water cooling solutions, rear panel I/O lighting, room for plenty of wiring, a sleek window, all...