NZXT Phantom 410 Case ReviewMon, Dec 19, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Inside the Phantom 410
After unscrewing the thumb screws holding the side panels on the NZXT Phantom 410 we get a better look inside this mid-tower. Like most cases in this price range the panels are thin steel that simply has some metal tabs holding all the edges together.
Looking inside the left side we find a nicely painted interior that matches the exterior with contrasting black accents. Above the motherboard mounting area you can see the edge of the 25mm deep 140mm top mounted fan. This gives you an idea of the room above the motherboard and something to consider if you are planning to try water cooling this case. The motherboard tray comes with screw patterns for ATX, MICRO-ATX, and MINI-ITX boards. Notice the blue USB 3.0 cable from the top ports. Be aware that if your motherboard does not support the newer 20 pin USB 3.0 header you will not be able to use those two USB 3.0 ports. The CPU cut out provides ample space to mount your cooling solution after mounting the motherboard and there is room for six drives of either HDD or SSD variety in the hard drive cage area.
To accommodate the longest of video cards on the market today, the NZXT Phantom 410 allows you to remove the top HDD cage leaving you with two fixed drive bays.
Another option on this cage is a 120 / 140mm optional fan mount that is able to tilt up at about 45 degrees to point right at the CPU cooler. Obviously this would intrude into the top GPU slot and would limit the length of the video card you could use but it is an interesting feature.
Focusing on the 5.25″ bays the first thing you notice is NZTX’s version of a tool free design brackets. You slide the little bar back to unlock and then press on the rubbery corrugated part to pop the head back exposing the dual pins.
On the back side of the case there are several zip tie mount points to help with cable management and both grommet and grommet less cable pass through ports. This is also the side you access the hard drive trays from which is the opposite of most cases.
The drive trays have rubber mounts with silver pins to hold in standard hard drives and they have screw holes to bottom mount SSD drives. The pins can be removed when mounting an SSD so they don’t press up against the case and the SSD shell.