NZXT Switch 810 White Case ReviewTue, Feb 07, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Inside the NZXT Switch 810
Inside the NZXT Switch 810 we expect a lot of room being this is a full tower and the Switch 810 delivers.
Starting in the upper left there are two 140mm included fans set up for exhaust above a large CPU back plate cut out. Then there are no less than 10 grommet pass through areas to make cable runs easy and clean. On the top right we have four 5.25″ bays and three of them have arguably the best tool free mechanism we have seen on cases today. The fourth bay contains the hidden hard drive tray held in with the two thumb screws but could be swapped for another 5.25″ device if you so choose. Below the 5.25″ bays are the dual hard drive cages themselves which are accessed from the back of the case and are both removable to accommodate either a bottom 240 / 280mm radiator or long GPU’s.
A closer look at the top fans and the nice large port to run your 8-pin ATX cable down to the motherboard.
Above these fans and under that vented cover is about 30mm of clearance to allow you to mount fans here and then a radiator below for pull cooling. NZXT says there is 90mm of space above the motherboard which would give you room for a large 60mm radiator, 25mm fans, and then another set of fans up here for push / pull cooling if you desire.
At the bottom is the PSU mounting area with six rubber feet to support even the longest PSU’s. You can also see the 120 / 140mm optional fan / radiator mount to the right of the PSU area.
Both of the hard drive cages are removable after taking out four long thumb screws.
This is one of the trays from the HDD cages and like most cases today it has four rubber mounted pins that snap into 3.5″ drive along with bottom mount holes spaced to handle a SSD.
At the top right we have the tool free latches which we love on the 5.25″ bays but there is another subtle item to notice. Above and below the top bay are screws so that you can remove this bay and have room for your top 420mm radiator which would be wider than the bay. NZXT solved this by making the top area removable for you hard core water coolers which is another “switchable” feature in the NZXT Switch 810.
The inside of each of the HDD cages have a special NZXT mount we have seen in some of their other cases which allows you to angle a fan up to 30 degrees in order to direct cooling more precisely at the hottest components (CPU and GPU typically). The angling mounts come with a 140mm fan installed in the top but both can accommodate either 120mm or 140mm fans.
On the back side you can see all the trays for up to six 3.5″ drives or SSD’s. By sliding in from this side it keeps the look a bit cleaner and hides the power and SATA cables from the front. While there are tons of grommet holes the back tray is a bit light on zip tie mount points but there should still be enough for decent cable management.
A very interesting feature that is not listed in the marketing list is this little fan distribution block behind the motherboard tray. This allows you to plug in a standard molex connector and run up to 7 fans. Be aware this is simply a power distribution and provides no fan speed control which we feel is a miss given all the other nice features of this case. How hard would it have been to add basic three speed resistors and a switch to this PCB?
For cable management there is about 20mm of space behind the motherboard tray which should be enough for all your cables.
Inside the Switch 810 you get assorted screws of the M3 and 6/32 size as well as a few small black zip ties, four long fan to radiator screws. The one thing NZXT provides that other full tower case manufacturers could take a lesson from is one of their individually sleeved ATX 8-ping power extenders.