The NZXT Phantom is hands down one of the finest computer cases I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. With its sleek aerodynamic look and slew of features, I have a feeling it will be make people take notice for years to come. With a price tag of $139.99 and a two year warranty, it is clearly priced to compete with and dominate the other full tower cases in its class such as the Corsair Obsidian (shown below) which has all of the same features except for being made of aluminum, but is priced $120 higher. With enough drive space to hold seven 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives and five 5.25″ bays the possibilities for your storage needs are numerous. And keeping all of your components cool won’t be a problem, either, with three fans included with the Phantom and the option to add more. Not only will the NZXT Phantom hold most configurations of a liquid cooling system, they went ahead and included the brackets to mount your radiator.
The easily removable front and top panels on the Phantom make it really easy to break the case down to the chassis level and work on your computer without scratching up the high gloss of the plastic; this also goes for the side panels that hold quite a high gloss themselves. The nice sturdy chassis is quite large and probably means you won’t want to lug this thing to a LAN party any time soon. But with the way the phantom looks it will easily fit into any room in your house and have your friends and family asking where you got the “cool looking UFO”. Yes, someone really said that to me.
At first glance you might think to yourself “That case is really big, do I need something that big?” But once you break it open and start building your system, you will soon realize that working inside of the NZXT Phantom is a pleasure, and because of this large interior it makes installing even the largest of video cards or CPU coolers worry free.
The Legit Bottom Line: I took a good long look at the NZXT Phantom Case and it’s not very often that a case comes along that has all the right things, and everyone’s head seems to turn towards it in unison. The NZXT Phantom is a one of a kind case that deserves a spot in the PC Case Hall of Fame if there were one.