NZXT has been on a roll, releasing one innovative case after another. The NZXT Phantom 410 was an award winning case we reviewed here back in December of 2011. One year later NZXT sent us its big brother, the NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower Case. Unlike the Phantom 410, the Phantom 820’s angles are not as hash softening the “Stormtrooper” look. This is probably because the Phantom 820 is almost twice as big as the Phantom 410.
NZXT released the Phantom 820 in three colors, White, Black, and the sample they sent us in Gun Metal Gray. The gray is a nice departure from the all too common black and white that have been so popular lately but it is dark enough you might mistake it for black. This is a full tower case meaning it is simply massive, standing over 28 inches tall and 27 inches deep. All this size in steel comes with a price and that is the 32lb unloaded weight. Fill this case full of water cooling gear and six hard drives and you will not want to be trying to lug this case to your local LAN party. But that is not the point of this case, it was designed to hold everything you could want in a single box, cool it well and silently with copious 200mm slow 800 RPM fans, and do it all in a striking angled and accent lighted form factor. NZXT wanted this to be the pinnacle of the enthusiast full tower cases and loaded it with options. It has an integrated SD card reader, RGB LED accent lighting inside and out with a dial to change between 16 hues, LED utility lights on the rear ports, an integrated four channel 15W fan controller, and enough cable management to make your mother proud.
The Phantom 820 is the new flagship for NZXT and it carries a flagship suggested price of $249.99, but we found a holiday deal of $195.00 plus free shipping from FRY’s Electronics good until December 31st (White only). Unless you find a deal buster like this, you can expect to pay closer to the $249.99 since the Phantom 820 has only been on the market a month or two. Either way, this is a premium price for a case especially one made of plastic and steel but NZXT did fill it with features. We will see if the features of the NZXT Phantom 820 justify the price on the next few pages.
Specifications of the NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower Case:
MODEL: Phantom 820 Series
CASE TYPE: Full Tower Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 12.1 (W) x 28.9 (H) x 27.1 (D) inches, 235mm (W) x 650mm (H) x 612mm (D)