Conclusion: We really can’t complain with the Phantom. It features killer styling and ample room for even the most space-demanding builds. We only wish it were a bit more efficient at whisking away heat with the included fans and provided more space for custom water cooling loops — something any full tower should easily excel at.
Summary: As casemodders we always look at a case and evaluate it based on construction and its ability to accept mods. The case is constructed from high quality steel and painted to match the color you have chosen. All of the edges are filed smooth or rolled over for additional strength so you won't need to break out the leather gloves during the initial build or upgrades.
Pros: Artful design, Plenty of Cooling Options, Built in Fan Controller, Three Colors Available
Cons: Very few modding opportunities, Large case with only 7 expansion slots, Door fans with long wires
Excerpt: Dear Icrontic: Your Editor-in-Chief is kind of an idiot sometimes. So much so that he assigned the same review to two separate staffers. Well, no harm, no foul. Here’s an unprecedented second review of the NZXT Phantom full-tower case. Enjoy.
Conclusion: The NZXT Phantom sells for $139.99 , but can often be found on sale for much less. ( Editor note: There’s a promo code on Newegg right now for $20 off: NZXTAP20 ) The price is average among full tower cases, but given the build quality and thought given to keeping cables out of the way, the price of admission is well worth it. It’s a great looking case to boot. Is there anything bad about this case? Nothing major.
Excerpt: NZXT have now released a new case called Phantom, whose styling somewhat reminds us of their Lexa S but with a more futuristic styling and larger size. The Phantom is aimed at the full gamut of DIY builders: gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers. Basically this is for anyone that is looking to build a high-end machine using water-cooling or large heatsinks to attack the heat put out by the CPU.
Excerpt: The case has plenty of space for your drives with five external 5.25" bays and seven internal 3.5" drive slots. All of the drive bays use screwless rails to mount the drives for convenience and a fast build. You can order the case with a 500W PSU if you want but that probably won’t be enough juice for many enthusiast level systems.
Pros: Fantastic case design, Lots of features, Robust cooling system
Excerpt: The more I played with the NZXT Phantom, the more I liked it. The white finish with its black accents really makes this case stand out from the crowd and the roomy interior was a joy to work in thanks to the excellent cable management.
Summary: The NZXT Phantom Case looks like something from out of this world with it's bold styling. There are plenty of drive bays, toolless design, lots of fans, cable management, painted interior, fan controller and it's reasonably priced.
Excerpt: The NZXT Phantom is gorgeous in a Dark Side kind of way—whether you opt for Darth Vader black, Imperial Guard red, or our favorite: Stormtrooper white. Though NZXT considers the Phantom a full-tower chassis, at 8.75 inches wide, 21.25 inches tall, and 24.5 inches deep (and with no EATX support), it’s no taller or wider (and barely deeper) than the other mid-tower chassis that make up the rest of this roundup.
Pros: Stunning design; plenty of room for fans; great value.
Cons: Needs a front fan; thinks it's a full-tower.
Conclusion: The comfortably priced NZXT Phantom offers 12 drive bays and more than enough room to house an ATX or Extended ATX motherboard. Though there is room (and one-button controls) for many fans, only a few are included; and the glossy exterior (available in white, red, and black) may not be to everyone's taste. But if interior real estate and smart tool-free installation solutions are what you crave, the Phantom delivers.
Pros: Generous interior space. Excellent tool-free features. Easy fan control. Comes in three colors (inside and out).
Cons: Front intake fan and 200mm side-panel fan not included. Two 120mm side-panel fans each require cabling. Glossy front and top panels may seem potentially cheap.