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Item#: N82E16811146074
NZXT Phantom PHAN-003RD Red White Finish w/Red Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower
  • USB 2.0 x 2, e-SATA x 1, Audio/Mic
  • 4 Fans Included
  • $139.99
  • $109.99
  • Save: $30.00 (21%)
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Pros:

The cable management capabilities of this case are out of this world. I love how both sides can be removed and cables can be routed behind and back through the panel where the MoBo is attached, makes for a super clean looking interior. One reason I bought this case was for the red LED's, since I'm sick of the standard blues on most custom cases. They certainly did not disappoint, they look amazing. Fan controls work great, and look awesome too. TONS of room inside. Love that there is so much space for additional fans, which I installed new glowing-red fans into all the places (after some working around for one of them...) and it looks sweet and performs super cool. The power button has some nice solid action and none of the fan controls or the power button feel flimsy. The case itself feels very well put together and is really heavy, which I think is a pro, and its large size and multitude of fans give it excellent ventilation.

Cons:

Some weird compatibility/space issues. For one thing, the two 120 mm fans on the side of the case interfered with installing a hard drive in the furthest right drive bay. The fan pushed against the cables and the case couldn't close. I worked around this by installing the HDD with the power and SATA inputs facing the back of the case.
In addition, the rails for the HDD bays are super weird. When installing my Western Digital HDD, the little peg things that come with the case don't completely fit the HDD (don't line up with the holes on the side 100%), and they don't hold the HDD in well since they are pretty short. I ended up having to completely jury rig this thing using other screws that came with the case and screwing the HDD into the slide-out tray from the bottom. Also, and this could be an issue with OCZ too but the "adapter" that came with my OCZ SSD also didn't match up with the tray in the case and also had to be jury-rigged to work.
There is a secondary drive bay to the left of the main drive bay, and it's in a ridiculous spot. I had to remove it completely in order to install the PSU and plug in any of its rails. Nice that the case comes with so many HDD spaces but kind of silly placement. It wasn't hard to remove but it had me wondering why the designers placed it THERE.
The case comes with some fans, and there are spaces to install other fans if desired. I bought a 200 mm Cooler Master fan to place in the blank spot in the main case door. The space is 200 mm per the case specs and the little "grate" in the spot matches up perfectly with the size of the fan I bought, so I know it's the right size, but the holes for the fan in the case and the holes in the fan itself do not match up at all. Very frustrating. One corner matches up and the other three don't. Not sure if this is a flaw with the NZXT case or with the Cooler Master fan, but either way it was obnoxious. Ended up taking a power drill to the fan and drilling my own custom holes in order to make it compatible with the case. Not ideal but hey I really wanted to use this fan (:

Other Thoughts:

All in all the problems I had with the case are easily worked around with some creative troubleshooting, so it's not worth dropping an egg for them. Just some frustrating silly things. But the case itself is solid and I love how it looks, I love the "pros" about it much more than I dislike the "cons".

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  • Lauren C.
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