Excerpt: If you’re big on case lighting—you Cylon fan, you—you’re going to absolutely love NZXT ’s latest Phantom chassis. It’s rare to see such attention to detail paid to simple illumination, as with the three separate strands of lighting found on the exterior, interior, and rear of NZXT’s Phantom 820 . Cooler still, you can manually cycle through a variety of colors for the lights, so as to find the one that matches whatever mood you’re in at any given moment.
Pros: Gorgeous chassis with eye-catching, customizable lighting across three separate zones.
Cons: Wiring and instructions a bit tricky to figure out; finicky fan controller.
Meet the new NZXT flagship case. Phantom 820 reviewed
4 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. Everybody that has seen it at IcronticHQ has commented on its size or sheer spectacle, though it maintains a classy look. From a features and performance perspective, this is easily the best full-tower case NZXT has ever released.
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.
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 , plenty of cable tie hooks, and 8-Pin CPU power extension cable is included.
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: The NZXT Phantom 820 Case is a true full tower case in that it is massive. It's also loaded with excellent features. The case looks stylish, comes stock with 3 200mm fans and a 140mm, but more can be installed. Impressive lightening system, 6 USB ports, fan controller, lots of drive bays, and many more features. This would be fantastic case for a hardcore water cooling setup. If you're shopping for a full tower case, check this one out.
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 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. I mean even E-ATX form factor motherboards will fit easily.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When I first heard of the Phantom 820 I wondered if it was going to be a brand new design. The 820 has a lot to live up to as the original Phantom was such a success. I think NZXT did a great job taking the best features that were in the
and combining them into the Phantom 820. You have the futuristic design that was on the original Phantom, but it has been updated to look even better.
Pros: HUE lighting system, Stylish design, Lots of room for watercooling, 4 included fans (3x 200mm, 1x 140mm), USB 3.0 support, Easy installation, 4 channel fan controller, Lots of cable routing holes
Cons: Hard drive trays do not always lock into place
Conclusion: Performance in system is about being able to effectively keep temperatures down while at the same time not making so much noise as to be distracting. The NZXT Phantom 820 succeeds immensely by using its three large 200mm fans to move large amounts of air at low RPM's which keeps the noise and temperatures down. Showing forethought NZXT also placed the single 140mm fan on rails so that a enthusiast is able to align it with their CPU heatsink.
Pros: Great looking exterior, Can be used for any number of configurations from lowest to the most extreme configurations, The large fans used throughout the system help move monuments amounts of air while being quiet, Beautiful lighting system can be used in a enthusiasts system to really accent the color scheme they may be already going for, Water cooling can easily be added later on, 9 expansion slots
Cons: Expensive, especially for a product that has a plastic exterior, Heavy, Extremely large, Flimsy drive sleds
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. The controls for the LED system are simple as well. There is a rotary selector that allows you to cycle thru any color in the RGB spectrum.
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